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With TechEd and Sapphire Madrid only a few weeks away I thought it would be useful to put together a few key phrases for anyone attending. I’m not fluent in Spanish but I do make sure I know the basics to get by so I hope you find these useful. If you are Spanish and can add some more phrases please feel free to comment!

Where is Feria de Madrid (venue for SAP TechEd & Sapphire)
Dónde está la Feria de Madrid?

How much is a taxi to (where you want to go)
Cuánto cuesta un taxi para……

Do you have a map?
Tiene un mapa?

Can you recommend a restaurant
Me puede recomendar un restaurante?

How do I get to the centre of Madrid?
Cómo puedo llegar al centro de Madrid? (Ll is pronounced “Y”)

Two beers please (Very important)
Dos cervezas por favor (Cervezas is pronoinced CerveTHas)

Do you have an English Menu?
Tiene un menú en Inglés?

Does this contain milk? (Useful if you’re Lactose intollerant!)
Hay leche en este?

Where can I get a sandwich?
Dónde puedo conseguir un sándwich?

Take me to the airport please
llévame al aeropuerto, por favor

My room is noisy, can I change?
Mi habitación es ruidosa, puedo cambiar?

Yes – Si
No – No
Bus – Autobús
Train- Tren
Beer- Cerveza
Chicken- Pollo
Steak- Filete
Meat- Carne
Tea- Te
Coffee- Café
Breakfast- Desayuno

Numbers 1 – 10: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez

I hope this is of use to you, if all else fails, put on a Spanish accent and just speak in English!

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    1. Tim Guest Post author

      I think “tener un buen día” roughly means have a good day. Thanks, I plan to write a few blog posts from Madrid on InnoJam etc and there is always great online coverage so I’m sure you’ll keep up.

      I would like to do Vegas next year so hopefully we can meet up sometime!

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      1. Juan Reyes

        Nice try TIm!…

        “Tiene un dia de dios a TechEd” translates into something like “Have a God’s day in TechEd”  😀

        I must add to the list, if someone is giving you directions, Izquierda is Left and Derecha is Right.

        Also important…. Thank you is Gracias and Adios is Bye.

        Adios, Juan

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