Mexico Car Hire and Helpful Mexican Phrases


This page is to help you with some common Spanish phrases when you are visiting with your Mexico car hire.

Speak like a pro
When you are visiting with your Mexico car hire, there are a few general rules about pronunciation that will make your stay a little easier, even if you don't speak Spanish.

• a like the a in ah
• i like the ee in beet
• u like the oo in loot
• ñ like the ni in senior
• e like the e in deck
• o like the o in cold
• y like the ea in eat
• ll like the y in kayak

The h is silent in Spanish, and the Spanish j is pronounced like the h in horse. G before a, o, u, or a consonant is hard (like in gate); when before e or i, it's soft, sounding just slightly harder than the h in hay.

Words ending with an o take the masculine form- ex. Senorito
Words ending with an a take the feminine form- ex. Senorita

The informal you is used when talking to close friends, relatives, animals or children. The formal you is used when talking to someone you just met, do not know well, or someone for whom you would like to show respect (a professor, for example.) There are also two ways to say you in the plural, used when speaking to more than one person.

Lend a hand
There are a few phases that you will want to memorize before taking off in your Mexico car hire. These will be helpful if you are in a situation with someone who does not speak English.

Hello/goodbye Hola/adios
Do you speak English? Habla ingles?
I don't speak Spanish No hablo español
I don't understand No entiendo
More slowly Más despacio
Bathroom Baño, sanitario

You will find that when you are travelling with you Mexico car rental that people are friendly and will try to help you out. However, it is always a good idea to have a guide book or dictionary with you in case you need to refer to it.

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