Here are some useful Spanish phrases that will help you with your daily travel through Ecuador.
One word you really need to remember is “Bano” which means bathroom. You may also want to remember these words as well “Varones” and “Mujeres” which mean “Men” and “Women” just in case the bathrooms are not marked.
Spanish is not entirely necessary in Ecuador but of course it is an advantage. English is part of the curriculum for school children. You will also find many Ecuadorians speak English. Generally they have been educated or lived overseas.
Introductions and Greetings
We found the Ecuadorians are extremely polite. You will always be greeted by a “Buenos Dias” or a “Hola” and always a hand shake and a kiss on each cheek.
Good morning (before noon)- Buenos dias
Good afternoon (before sunset) – Buenas tardes
Good evening/night (after sunset) – Buenas noches
Hello – Hola
Goodbye – Chao/Ciao
Please – Por Favor
Thank you – Gracias
Your welcome – Da Nada
Congratulations – Felicidades
I’m sorry – Lo siento
Excuse me – Disculpe/perdon
Come in – Adelante
What is your name? – Como se llama?
My name is – Me llamo
Pleased to meet you – Mucho Gusto
Very Good Muy bien
See you later – Hasta Luego
I don’tunderstand – No entiendo
Please repeat – Repita por favor
To your health –Cheers – Salud
Cold – Frio
Hot – Caliente
Open – Abierto
Closed – Cerrado