Back to the blog It's only fair to share The language barrier can be both enjoyable and frustrating when you travel to a different country. It can be particularly difficult when you travel to Asia or the Middle East — filled with exotic lands that use an entirely different alphabet. And then there are countries where the locals speak English surprisingly well, like if you travel to the Nordic countries.
But what about Cuba? The growing tourism sector in Cuba means that English is becoming more and more widespread, although this is less true in the small towns and villages. Knowing a little bit of Spanish will really be helpful in these instances. So which Spanish phrases should you know before you go to Cuba? This is simply the correct way to format a query or an exclamation in written Spanish and does not affect the way the phrase is spoken.
Shopping You can do a lot of shopping without actually needing to ask questions. Dining In the areas of Cuba that are popular with tourists, you will see menus with an English translation, which can be extremely helpful.
Drinking This one is quite easy. Medical Matters Hopefully your Cuban getaway will be free of any medical problems. There are two phrases you need to know if you need to communicate with medical staff in Spanish. This at least allows staff to be broadly aware of your problem while an English speaking staff member can be sourced to translate for you, as is usually the case at hospitals and medical centres where foreigners are treated.
Saying Goodbye There are a few ways to say goodbye in Spanish. It's only fair to share A keen traveller, Dan Stretton instantly fell in love with Cuba when visiting for the first time. Despite countless salsa lessons, Dan still struggles to dance like a Cuban or dance at all for that matter. He has however picked up how to make a scrumptious mojito!
Dan is also a keen photographer, looking to capture the heart and soul of the real Cuba and the tours he has helped to create.