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Communication guide

There will be some English spoken in most of the Bolivian cities that are part of the tourist circuit. But it would be wise to learn some the of the colonial language spoken in Bolivia to be able to communicate with it’s people:
 

GREETINGS Spanish
Good morning Buenos días
Hello. Hi Hola
Good night Buenas noches
Goodbye Bye Adiós
See you later Hasta luego
Please Por favor
Thank you Gracias
You are welcome De nada

 

GREETINGS Spanish
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
 What’s your name? ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is … Me llamo …
Nice to meet you Gusto en conocerte
I’m sorry Perdón
Help! ¡Ayuda!
Bathroom? ¿Baño?
I’m sorry Lo siento

 

GREETINGS Spanish
Where is the …? ¿Donde está el/la …?
Who? ¿Quién?
What? ¿Qué?
Why? ¿Por qué?
When? ¿Cuándo?
Where? ¿Dónde?
How? ¿Cómo?

 

 

GENERAL Spanish
Does anyone here speak English? ¿Hay alguien que hable inglés?
I don’t understand. No entiendo.
Can you help me? ¿Puede ayudarme?
How are you? ¿Cómo esta usted?

 

TRANSPORT Spanish
What time do we arrive? ¿A qué hora llegamos?
I am here on vacation Estoy aquí de vacaciones
Where is the exit? ¿Dónde está la salida?
How do I get to the hotel? ¿Cómo se va al hotel?
Where is the exit? ¿Dónde está la salida?
DIRECTIONS Spanish
Left Izquierda
Right Derecha

 

RESTAURANT Spanish
Breakfast Desayuno
Lunch Almuerzo
Chicken Pollo
Beef Res
Fish Pescado
Coffee Café

 

RESTAURANT Spanish
Tea
Juice Jugo
Water Agua
Beer Cerveza
Red/white wine Vino rojo/blanco
Vegetarian Vegetariano

Regional expressions and slang

Bolivia is similar to ancient Babylon, because it has many different dialects.  Bolivia’s official language is Spanish but you will likely hear some of the native languages such as: Aymara, which is used in the eastern highland region, Quechua, in the valleys located on central and south region of Bolivia, also Guarani in the eastern Amazon region.  There are more than 30 different languages or dialects spoken throughout Bolivia.  Should that be a concern?  No need to be worried because almost everyone will take the time to be understood.  Actually, many Bolivians speak English as a second language. Here is a list of frequent idioms used throughout Bolivia:

COMMON IDIOMS USED IN WESTERN BOLIVIA

AHORITA:  Right now

UN CACHO: In a moment

CASERA: Friendly expression used to address any type of street vendor

YAPA: An extra or free portion when buying on the street, meant as friendly gesture

ACULLICAR O P’IJCHAR: Ancestral tradition of chewing coca leaves, without swallowing them.

CHAQUI: A hangover.

JALLALLA!: Cheers, hurray, a verbal applause to life

YAAAA!: Regional expression, at the end of a sentence that states happiness, fear or surprise

COMMON IDIOMS USED IN EASTERN BOLVIA

JICHI: Used to say someone is very capable or a professional

ELAY: Means to be in agreement

PUEJ: Yes, of course

PELADINGO: Young teenager

PARIENTE: A friend you consider to be related to you, but isn’t

AURITINGA: In a moment

CHIPARSE: To be confused.

CHICHI: Light rain or showers

YESCA: To be broke, without money



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