KTSW Translates: Spanish

By Tiger Shi
Web Content Contributor

Spanish is a wonderful language to translate because in Texas, Spanish is the most widely spoken language besides English. You can see Spanish signs displayed at Houston’s major airport and instruction manuals so the lanuage is fairly common and valuable to learn.

I consulted my Spanish-speaking friend Jenny Vazquez to teach some basic phrases. These following phrases would be very helpful when traveling in a Spanish-speaking country.  

Good Morning 

How are you? 

Can I help you? 

Please 

I am sorry 

Excuse me 

Where can I exchange dollars? 

Image of language playing cards with the flags of Mexico and Spain on separate cards.

Personally, Spanish has benefitted me in communicating. I ate at a restaurant once and one of the employees did not speak English so I spoke in the best Spanish I could from what I had learned in my classes.

I learned a little from my friends who grew up speaking the language. My friends Jenny, Mariana, Nicholas and Cesar all speak Spanish very well. Cesar understood the different dialects of Spanish. He taught me so much about the difference between Spain’s and Mexico’s languages as he has heritage in both countries. 

Nice to meet you 

I am happy 

I regret neglecting my Spanish lessons. The last time I practiced with the language was in a high school Spanish class and on the app Duolingo but other than that, not much progress has been made.

However the language is now more useful than ever before! Texas is not the only state to now begin incorporating Spanish into classrooms. After all, the U.S. is a large nation with many different cultures and languages spoken.  

Goodbye 

From Mandarin to German, Spanish is the third language that we have taught y’all! We are honored to introduce such languages and promote the countries that they are spoken in.

Elizabeth, Jenny and I were glad to have demonstrated how each phrase is pronounced.

Spanish is essential to learn. There are close to six million (and counting) speakers in Texas, according to the Texas Tribune. Spanish is also emerging as one of the most widely spoken languages in the world!

Featured image by Tiger Shi.

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