Common Spanish Phrases

Even though Spanish is the primary language in Costa Rica, English comes in second along the South Pacific Coast because of the large population of Americans and Europeans. You may also hear the local "Tico's" speak in vostros. As with any foreign country, you should familiarize yourself with their language because you will come across people who do not understand yours!

Please note that all smart phones have translation apps, but here is a list of key spanish words and phrases commonly used in Costa Rica.

Hello - Hola
Goodbye - Adios
Good morning - buenos dias
Good afternoon - buenos tardes
Good night - buenos noches
Excuse me - con permiso
How are you? - Como esta or come le va?
My name is - Me llamo…
What is your name - Como se llama usted?
See you soon - Hasta pronto
Fine, thank you - Bien gracias
Pleased to meet you - mucho gusto
Do you speak english - habla ingles?
I don't speak spanish - no hablo espanol
I don't understand - no entiendo
I am from - Soy de (city/State)
I want - yo quiero
I need - yo necesito
I have - yo tengo
I am tired - estoy cansado
I am thirsty - yo tengo sed
I am hungry - yo tengo hambre
Where is - Donde esta
The bathroom - el bano
The airport - el aeropuerto
The taxi - estan los taxis
The bank - el banco
The restaurant - el restaurante
The beach - la playa
The pharmacy - la farmacia
The hospital - hospital
Information center - centro de informacion
How much does it cost? - Cuanto cuesta or cuanto vale?
Thank you - gracias
You're welcome - de nada or con gusto
Here - aqui
There - alli
What - que
Where - donde
When - cuando
Why - por que
Please - por favor
This - esto
That - eso
Today - hoy
Tomorrow - manana
Yesterday - ayer
I am sorry - disculpe
And - y
Good - bueno
Bad - malo
Breakfast - desayuno
Lunch - almuerzo
Dinner - cena
Bar - bar
Food/groceries - supermercado
Bakery - panaderia
Automobile - coche
Gas Station - bomba
One - uno
Two - dos
Three - tres
Four - cuatro
Five - cinco
Six - seis
Seven- siete
Eight - ocho
Nine - nueve
Ten - diez
Right - derecho
Straight ahead - dercha
Left - izquierda
Tico/Tica - Costa Rican (male/female)
Mae - Dude
Pura Vida - Pure Life - The Costa Rican expression of happiness or satisfaction!