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How to Get a Conversation Going in Spanish: Free Video Guide

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Have you learned a little Spanish, but still do not dare to chat with natives?

  • It is perfectly normal to feel that insecurity, but there are ways to overcome it and gain new skills and more self-confidence.
  • In this guide I will provide you with practical tools to break the ice and keep the conversation going, so to can speak conversational Spanish effortlessly.

How will this Spanish communication guide help you?

Many students point out that the most challenging part of the learning journey is to carry on a conversation.

This difficulty is especially common among students who learn Spanish using only an app on their smartphone.

  • Although all input to learn a language can be helpful, apps do not usually prepare the ground for communication in real life.
  • Apps expose you to a limited number of phrases, and these are not always relevant phrases.
  • These phrases are also not taught in a context, but in an isolated and random manner.

For these and many more reasons, apps are useful to memorize words and phrases in a pleasant way. Apps are useful as a learning aid, but it is not advisable to rely solely on them to learn a language.

  • To reach fluency in Spanish or any other language you need systematic and varied didactic resources that allow you to express yourself spontaneously.

If you learn the basics of the language, the logic of its internal structure, you are much closer to being able to communicate naturally.

With that goal in mind, you will find free materials to learn Spanish in this blog and you also have a free online course.

It is an introduction to the language that will allow you to start thinking in Spanish. Try it out, because the course is free and you have no commitments or obligations. You will obtain the certificate of completion at no cost. Sign up with just two clicks!

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And with the aim of helping you to have simple conversations in Spanish you also have this guide. I hope you like it!

Who this guide is for and what you will learn here

This guide consists of:

A video with the 106+ most relevant phrases to start a simple conversation in Spanish and resources to keep this conversation going (in English, with captions).

The same content is available in a Spanish video with Spanish/English captions, if you prefer to do linguistic immersion. You also have the material in Spanish (available for free).

PDF + MP3 + quiz + flashcards to practice this content for free.

All this material is available just below.

Below you will find the phrases of the video with audio.

Free material from this Spanish conversation guide for English-speaking beginners

In this for English-speaking beginners you will find for free:

The tables with all the phrases of the video with audio.

The PDF that is used as the basis for the explanation you saw in the video. The PDF includes theory, summary, exercises, and answers. You can download it for free.

Smalltalk in Spanish

The audio with all the phrases of the guide in MP3 format to download (Spanish + English). You can download it for free.


The audio with all the phrases in MP3 (only in Spanish). You can download it for free.


A free quiz to practice what you learned here (at the end of the post).

Interactive flashcards to learn the 106+ phrases of the guide (in Spanish + English). You can choose your favorite learning or game mode. You can practice on your smartphone with the free Quizlet app.

To learn Spanish from scratch, you also have a mini-course, which is totally FREE, no strings attached!

  • The online self-study course is an introduction to the new language with video lessons and varied materials so that you learn at your own pace, in an enjoyable and productive way.
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If you want more content to learn Spanish online and for free, with many tips to optimize your learning, take a look at this guide for beginners (contains a preview of the online course, which you can check out without having to sign up).

How to introduce yourself in Spanish: Useful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these phrases starting on minute 01:11 of the video.

¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo se llama usted?What is your name?
Yo me llamo X.My name is X.
Mi nombre es X.My name is X.
Soy X.I am X.
Te presento a X. / Le presento a X.Let me introduce you to X.
Este es X. , Esta es X.This is X.
Mucho gusto. = Encantado. ,  Encantada.Nice to meet you.
El gusto es mío.The pleasure is mine.

In this short video you will learn more useful phrases so that you can be friendly and you can introduce yourself in Spanish. The videos are part of a series of videos with free material to practice that will teach you the basics of conversational Spanish.

The main polite phrases in Spanish:

How to introduce yourself in Spanish:

How to ask and answer "how are you?" in Spanish: Helpful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these phrases starting on minute 05:23 of the video.

¡Qué alegría verte por aquí!Great to see you here!
¡Cuánto tiempo sin verte!Long time, no see!
¿Qué hay de nuevo?What’s new?
¿Sabes algo de X?Have you heard anything from X?
¿Qué tal la familia?How is your family doing?
¿Qué tal el trabajo?How are things at work?
¿Qué tal tu día?How was your day?
¿Qué hiciste hoy?What did you do today?
Trabajé.I worked.
Descansé.I rested.
No hice nada.I did not do anything.

In this free guide (starting on minute 18:03), you will find alternative ways to ask "how are you?" in Spanish and varied ways to answer. It includes colloquial and slang expressions for you to speak Spanish like a native! It includes free material to practice and download. Full greetings

How to meet new people in Spanish: Useful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these icebreakers starting on minute 10:55 of the video.

¿De dónde eres? / ¿De dónde es usted?Where are you from?
Soy de X (ciudad, país).I am from X (city, country).
¿Eres de aquí? / ¿Es usted de aquí?You are from around here?
Yo (no) soy de aquí.I am (not) from here.
¿Dónde vives? / ¿Dónde vive usted?Where do you live?
Yo vivo en X (ciudad, país).I live in X (city, country).
¿Vives aquí? / ¿Vive usted aquí?Do you live here?
Yo (no) vivo aquí.I do (not) live here.
Yo estoy aquí de vacaciones.I am here on vacation.
¿Cuántos años tienes? / ¿Cuántos años tiene usted?How old are you?
Yo tengo X años.I am X years old.
¿Qué haces (profesionalmente)? / ¿Qué hace usted (profesionalmente)?What do you do (for a living)?
¿Te gusta tu trabajo?Do you like your job?
¿Estudias o trabajas?Do you study or do you work?
Soy X.I am X.
Ahora no estoy trabajando.Currently, I am not working.
¿Me puedes dar tu número de teléfono?Can you give me your phone number?
Mi teléfono es X.My phone number is X.

In this guide with the 81 most important questions and answers in Spanish you have more useful phrases to make conversation with someone you just met (video: starting on minute 11:37). You have free material to practice and download.

How to chat with people you just met: Helpful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these phrases starting on minute 18:43 of the video.

Hace calor, ¿no?It is hot, isn’t it?
Hace frío, ¿no?It is cold, isn’t it?
¡Qué horror de tráfico!, ¿no?Traffic was horrible, am I right?
¿Supiste las noticias?Have you seen the news?
¿Quieres bailar?Do you  want to dance?
¿Estás soltero? , ¿Estás soltera?Are you single?
¿Tienes fuego?Do you have a lighter?
¿Tienes hora?Do you know what time is it?
¿Te apetece tomar un café?Would you like to have a coffee?
No, lo siento.No, I am sorry.
No tengo ganas de charlar.I do not feel like talking.
No me molestes.Do not bother me.
No hablo español.I do not speak Spanish.
No tengo tiempo.I do not have time.
No tengo dinero.I do not have money.

You can learn useful phrases to talk about pleasant topics (hobbies, family, weather, holidays) with strangers in these videos. They are part of a very practical series, so you do not run out of conversation topic in Spanish. Includes free material to practice.

How to talk about hobbies in Spanish:

How to talk about family in Spanish:

How to talk about the weather in Spanish:

How to talk about holidays in Spanish:

How to talk about work and languages in Spanish:

How to ask personal questions in Spanish: Helpful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these phrases starting on minute 28:39 of the video.

¿Tienes hijos?Do you have children?
No, no tengo.No, I do not have.
Sí, tengo un hijo. , Sí, tengo una hija.Yes, I have a son. , Yes, I have a daughter.
¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? ¿Cuál es tu signo del zodíaco?When is your birthday? What is your zodiac sign?
Mi cumpleaños es el día X de X. Soy X.My birthday is the X of X. I am X.
He oído que te gusta X.I heard you like X .
¿Qué lenguas hablas?What languages ​​do you speak?
¿Tienes aficiones?Do you have hobbies?
Sí, me gusta X.Yes, I like X.
En mi tiempo libre X .In my spare time X.
¿Te gusta el deporte?Do you like sports?
¿Te gusta salir de fiesta?Do you like to party?
¿Te gusta viajar?Do you like to travel?
¿Dónde pasaste tus últimas vacaciones?Where did you go on  your last vacation?
Estuve en X.I was in X .
¿Quieres hacer algo el fin de semana?Do you want to do something on the weekend?
¿Tienes planes para el fin de semana?Do you have plans for the weekend?
Si, estoy ocupado. ,  Sí, estoy ocupada.Yes, I am busy.
Todavía no tengo planes.I have no plans yet.
¿Qué hiciste el último fin de semana?What did you do last weekend?
Yo salí con amigos.I went out with friends.
Yo me quedé en casa.I stayed at home.
¿Tienes mascota?Do you have a pet?
Sí, tengo un perro.Yes, I have a dog.
Sí, tengo un gato.Yes, I have a cat.
¿Tocas un instrumento?Do you play an instrument?
Sí, toco X.Yes, I play X.
Me gusta X. ¿Y a ti?I like X. What about you?
No me gusta X. ¿Y a ti?I do not like X. What about you?
¿Te gusta leer?Do you like to read?
¿Te gusta escuchar música?Do you like to listen to music?
¿Te gusta ir al cine?Do you like going to the movies?
¿Te gusta ver series?Do you like to watch series?
¿Qué (no) te gusta comer?What do you (not) like to eat?

In this guide with the 81 most important questions and answers in Spanish you have more useful phrases to invite someone and to propose a meeting (video: starting on minute 49:36). You have free material to practice and download.

How to talk to strangers on the street in Spanish: Useful phrases for English-speaking beginners

You will learn these phrases starting on minute 41:49 of the video.

¿Hay un buen restaurante aquí cerca?Is there a good restaurant nearby?
¿Dónde se come bien por aquí?Where can you have a good meal around here?
¿Qué comida es típica de aquí?What food is typical here?
¿Cómo voy a X?How can I get to X?
¿El bus X pasa por aquí?Does the bus X passes here?
¡Qué bonito tu X!, ¡Qué bonita tu X!What a nice X!
Me encanta tu X .I love your X .

In this guide with the 81 most important questions and answers in Spanish you have more useful phrases to ask for information on the street (video: starting on minute 41:46). You have free material to practice and download.

Filler words in Spanish: Helpful words for English-speaking beginners

You will learn this vocabulary starting on minute 46:27 of the video.

Ah, ¿sí?Oh, really?
¿En serio?Seriously?
Sí, ¿no?Right?
Pues sí.Indeed.
¡Madre mía!Oh my!
¡Guay! (España) = ¡Chido! = ¡Padre! (México) = ¡Chévere! (Caribe/Sudamérica) = ¡Bacán! = ¡Brutal! (Caribe) (informal)cool
¡Qué bonito! , ¡Qué bonita! = ¡Qué lindo! , ¡Qué linda!That is beautiful!
¡Qué cuqui! = ¡Qué lindo! , ¡Qué linda!That is cute!

It is also important that you know Spanish words that show interest during a conversation.

  • These words are not content-rich in terms of meaning, that is, they do not provide valuable information.
  • However, they are very useful from a pragmatic point of view, because they indicate that you are paying attention and getting involved in the conversation.

A free quiz so you can practice all these new interactions in Spanish

In the quiz there are questions such as "fill in gaps” ("___"), "action – – – > reaction" and "true" / "false".

More free material and courses to learn Spanish!

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About the author: I am Alicia, your Spanish teacher💙. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and I was raised trilingual, since my mother is German and my father, Spaniard. I did my undergraduate and Ph.D. studies in Madrid and Berlin. After completing my Masters in Didactics in 2010, I applied my knowledge to foreign language teaching. I worked at the Popular University in Berlin with group classes until 2018. Since then, I have specialized in online teaching and the creation of digital learning content.

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