Useful everyday Spanish expressions that you don’t learn in a formal course

Many of us have learned another language in a course in our native countries, and when we go abroad to practice our new acquired language we realise we don't know how to say those very useful everyday expressions that they never teach you in a course but you need to use in the "battlefield" of the day to day life to be able to get by.

Worry no more my friends, here is a list of some expressions in Spanish, nouns and verbs that are necessary on a day to day basis at work, home, in the streets, in a shop, etc.

Although is not an exhaustive list it is a good start. This list will be periodically updated … and if you'd like to know how to say any expression in Spanish feel free to ask and I'll get back to you "tan pronto como pueda" (as soon as I can). Cheers.

Expression Reboot the computer Resetear la computadora, resetear el ordenador
Expression The computer crashed La computadora se colgó, el ordenador se colgó
Expression To ask for a discount Pedir rebaja
Expression To put someone on the phone Poner a alguien en el telefono, pasar el telefono a alguien
Expression To swipe the credit card Pasar la tarjeta de crédito
Expression To withdraw money from the ATM Sacar plata del cajero automático
noun ATM Cajero automático
noun Balance (of an account, banking) Saldo
noun Boarding pass Boarding pass
noun Booking Reservación
noun Carry-on Equipaje de mano
noun Credit in your Mobile Phone Saldo
noun Fitting room El Vestidor, el probador
Noun Fitting room Probador, vestidor
Noun Make up Maquillaje
noun Mobile phone Celular
Noun Overdraft (banking) sobregiro
noun Petrol station La  estación de gasolina
noun SALE Oferta, rebaja
noun Teller (in  a bank) El cajero, la cajera
noun The person who is in the register El cajero, la cajera
noun The Register (in a shop) La Caja
noun To Make a booking  Hacer una reservación
verb Check in (a hotel) Hacer el Check in
verb Check in (luggage) Chekear el equipaje
verb Check out (a hotel) Hacer el Check out
verb Make the bed Hacer la cama, tender la cama
verb To break up (a couple) Terminar
verb To fill the tank Echar gasolina
verb To get off a bus, taxi Bajarse de un autobus, taxi
verb To make up (a couple) Contentarse, reconciliarse
verb To make up (an invention, lie) Inventar
verb To take a bus, a taxi, the subway, etc Tomar un autobus, un taxi, el metro, etc
verb To try on Probarse

How to express I am hungry, thirsty, cold, etc in Spanish

In English, phrases that express when someone is experiencing a sensation or condition such as thirst, hunger, cold, etc are constructed with the verb to be, e.g., to express that I am experiencing hunger the English phrase is: I am hungry.

In Spanish we use the verb “to have” to express that someone is experiencing one of those sensations, i.e., in Spanish we possess the condition. For example, in Spanish I am hungry is: Tengo hambre, which literally means “I have hunger” as though I possessed the hunger.

See below a table with the English and Spanish phrases to express the experiencing of different sensations.

I am cold
Tengo frío (literally means I have cold)
I am hot
Tengo calor (literally means I have heat)
I am hungry
Tengo hambre (literally means I have hunger)
I am thirsty
Tengo sed (literally means I have thirst)
I am afraid
Tengo miedo (literally means I have fear)
I am lucky
Tengo suerte (literally means I have luck)