Before You Begin
Before you plunge right into conversation with that friendly woman standing in line in front of you, there are a few rules to keep in mind:
• Be polite. Remember that there are two different ways of addressing a person in Spanish — by using
• Speak up. Make an effort to use proper pronunciation so your listeners can understand you more easily.
• Don't be afraid. The only way you'll learn is by making mistakes. As a non-native speaker, you will be given more leeway with grammar, and your efforts will definitely be appreciated!
If you don't understand something, or if someone is speaking too quickly, don't get embarrassed and pretend you understood! The goal is communication, right? For the most part, people will be happy to repeat themselves, understanding that you aren't a native speaker. Here are two phrases to help you communicate:
Please speak more slowly.
HAH-bleh mahs dehs-PAH-see-yoh pohr-fah-VOHR