Cozumel – Learn the Language!

Cozumel – Learn the Language!

Cozumel – Learn the Language! English is widely spoken in Cozumel but it never hurts to learn the language!

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  • Makes it easier If you brush up on key words and phrases, you will save yourself time and money.
  • Closer to the culture – Learning a language helps you appreciate a new culture in ways you wouldn’t otherwise. If you’re only speaking English, you’re just skimming the surface!
  • You don’t have to be fluent – A lot of people become overwhelmed by the idea of mastering a whole new language for what should be a relaxing trip. Don’t pressure yourself! Even being able to say, “Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish,” can be a huge help! Locals will appreciate the effort you’re putting in to talk to them in their own language, regardless of how much (or little) you say.

Below is our quick reference guide to key words & terms to make your time on Cozumel island the best it can be! You can also print a copy by clicking HERE.


Hi/Hello Hola
Good morning Buenos dias
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good evening Buenas noches
How are you? ¿Cómo está?
Good, thank you Bien, gracias
What is your name? ¿Cómo te llamas?
May name is….. Me llamo….
Nice to meet you Mucho gusto
Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés?

Common Courtesy

Please Por favor
Thank you Gracias

Question Words

Who? ¿Quién?
What? ¿Qué?
Where? ¿Dónde?
When? ¿Cuándo?
When/what time? ¿A qué hora?
Why?  ¿Por qué?
How? ¿Cómo?
How much? ¿Cuánto?
How many? ¿Cuántos?
How often? ¿Cada cuánto?
How long? ¿Por cuánto tiempo?
Where is the bathroom? ¿Dónde está el baño?

Key phrases

I understand, I don’t understand Yo entiendo, yo no entiendo
Excuse me, pardon me Disculpe, con permiso/Perdóname
I want, I don’t want Yo quiero, yo no quiero
Where is…. ¿Dónde está….?
How much does it cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
Do you have….? ¿Tiene….?
I have, I don’t have Yo tengo, yo no tengo

Asking For & Understanding Directions

I’m lost Estoy perdido
Aqui Here
There Alli
On the right A la derecha
On the left A la izquierda
Straight ahead Derecho
At the corner En la esquina
In one block A una cuadra
Where can I get a taxi? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi?
Where is the….? ¿Dónde está….?

At a Restaurant

I’m hungry Tengo hambre
Breakfast El Desayuno
Lunch El Almuerzo
Dinner La Cena
Would you like something to eat/drink? ¿Quieres algo para comer/beber?
What would you like to eat? ¿Qué quieres comer?
I want…. Yo quiero….
An appetizer Una entrada
A main dish Un plato principal
A dessert Un postre
A drink Una bebida
Soup Una sopa
Salad Una ensalada
Chicken El pollo
Meat (beef) La carne
Water Una agua
Wine Un vino
Beer Una cerveza
Coffee Un café
To eat here Comer aqui
Food to go Comida para llevar
How much is it? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
The bill, please La cuenta, por favor

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