Home Useful Spanish Phrases for Cuba

Who Are We?

We are Lee-Anne & Jusnier ('Turbo' to his friends).
An English/Cuban couple who know Cuba like the back of their hands, and would like to share their first-hand knowledge with you!

Lee-Anne & Jusnier Blanco - Cuba Rocks!

Helping you discover the REAL Cuba!

Useful Spanish Phrases for Cuba

Download Free Cuban Vocabulary Sheet

Learn a few useful words in the Spanish - You have no idea how much the Cubans will appreciate this.

Cubans speak South American Spanish, so don’t lisp your C’s!

The other challenge is that many Cubans "eat" the end of their words - (which unfortunately is where most of the conjugation is!).

So good luck!

Help plan your trip to Cuba. Personal Itinerary & Trip Planning to Cuba

Cuban Greetings

  • Hello - Hola
  • Good day - Buenos diás
  • Good evening - Buenos tardes
  • Good night - Buenos noches
  • Goodbye - Adios / Chao
  • See you soon - Hasta luego
  • How are things? - Que tal?
  • Everything OK? - Todos bien?

 

Basic Cuban Phrases

  • Yes - Si
  • No - No
  • OK! - Vale!
  • Please - Por favour
  • Thank you (very much) - (Muchas) Gracias
  • Don't mention it - De nada
  • That's very kind - Muy amable
  • Excuse me - Perdone!
  • I'm sorry- Lo siento
  • Excuse me! (to catch attention) - Oiga, por favor!
  • Excuse me (sorry) - Perdone
  • Pardon? - Cómo dice? Or Que?
  • I think so - Creo que sí
  • I don't know - No sé
  • I don't think so - Creo que no
  • I don't understand - No entiendo
  • Do you understand? - Entiende?
  • Do you speak English? - Habla ingles?
  • I speak very little Spanish - Hablo muy poco español
  • Could you repeat that, please? - Podría repetirlo, por favor?
  • It's true - Es verdad
  • With pleasure - Con mucho gusto
  • How much is it? - Cuanto cuesta?
  • May I... ? - Puedo...?
  • Too expensive - Es demasiado caro
  • It doesn't matter - No importa
  • Wanna dance? – Tu bailas?
  • I’m learning – Estoy apreniendo..
  • Morning - Mañana
  • Afternoon - Tarde
  • Night - Noche

 

Questions Words in Spanish

  • Where? - Dónde?
  • When? - Cuándo?
  • Why? - Por qué?
  • What? - Qué?
  • Who? - Quién?
  • How? - Cómo?
  • How much/many? - Cuántos / cuánto?
  • Is/are there? - Hay?

 

Special Occasions

  • Congratulations! - Felicitaciones!
  • Happy Birthday! - Felíz cumpleaños!
  • Happy Christmas! - Felices navidades!
  • Happy New Year! - Felíz año nuevo!
  • Good Luck! - Que tengas suerte!
  • Enjoy the meal! - Buen provecho!
  • Have a safe journey! - Buen viaje!
  • Have a good holiday! - Buenas vacaciones!
  • Take Care! - Cuidado!

 

Numbers in Spanish

  • 1 - uno
  • 2 - dos
  • 3 - tres
  • 4 - cuatro
  • 5 - cinco
  • 6 - seis
  • 7 - siete
  • 8 - ocho
  • 9 - nueve
  • 10 - diez
  • 20 - veinte
  • 30 - treinta
  • 100 - cien
  • 1000 -mil

A Few Typical Cuban Sayings

  • Qué bolá? - What's up? or How's it going?
  • No me digas! - Don't tell me!
  • Dale! - Hit it! or Let's go!
  • Dale a todo meter! - Give it all you got
  • No jodas! - I don't believe it!
  • Para de chivar! - Stop hassling!
  • Qué paqueté'! - What a pack of lies!
  • Qué guayaba! - What a lie!
  • Qué relajo! - What a total mess!
  • Hay que hacer la cola! - Get in the queue!
  • Ya eso esta liquidado - That's done
  • El Radio Bemba - Mister or Miss Gossiper 
  • Me di tremendo tanganazo! - That's gossip I never knew!
  • Qué paragüero! - What a bad driver!
  • Qué pasa comparde? - What's up, man?
  • Vamos a echar un pie! - Let's dance until we drop!
  • El echo un pie - He took off running
  • Me voy para la pincha - I'm going to work
  • Arranca! - Get going!
  • Arranca el carro - Start the car
  • Meter mano! - Get into it!

Food

  • Comer - To eat

Desayuno - Breakfast

  • Hevos- Eggs
    • Duro - Hard Boiled
    • Tibio - Soft Boiled
    • Revueltos - Scrambled
    • Fritos - Fried
    • Tortilla - Omelette
  • Tocino - Bacon
  • Jamon - Ham
  • Queso - Cheese
  • Pan - Bread
  • Pan Tostada - Toast
  • Mermelada - Jam
  • Miel - Honey
  • Mantequilla - Butter
  • Yogur - Yogurt
  • Leche - Milk
  • Agua - Water
  • Jugo - Juice
  • Café - Coffee
  • Café con leche - Milky coffee
  • - Tea
  • Azucar - Sugar
  • Fruta - Fruit

Almuerzo - Lunch

  • Bocadilla - Sandwich

Cena - Dinner

  • Sopa - Soup
  • Ensalada - Salad
  • Veduras - Vegetables
  • Arroz - Rice
  • Tarta - Cake
  • Helado - Icecream
  • Postre - Dessert
  • Papas - Potato
  • Carne - Meat
    • Carne de res - Beef
    • Cordero - Lamb
    • Cerdo - Pork
    • Pollo - Chicken
  • Pez- Fish
    • Camarones - Prawns
    • Langosta - Lobster
    • Atún - Tuna
  • Vino - Wine