21:55:31 Wednesday, 8th December

The language of the Canaries is Spanish (Castilian), but the accent and dialect of Canarian people is more like the Spanish spoken in the Caribbean and South American countries which differs from the Spanish on mainland Spain. Canarians also use a lot of words, which are a living proof of the many links established through emigration between the islands and the Caribbean nations. 

Canarian people often curtail certain words and drop the ‘s’ at the end, which can make the language difficult to understand. It is also worth bearing in mind that a ‘c’ before an ‘i’ or ‘e’ is pronounced ‘s’. In addition, many Guanche words have remained, particularly in place names. These often begin with the letters ‘gua’. 

For holidaymakers, it is perhaps better to stick to mainland Spanish, although English and most western European languages, are widely understood. 

Getting Around
The People

Outside the main towns and resort areas, it's a good idea to take along a small dictionary or phrase book. 

The travel experts Spain-Tenerife have put together a handy guide to some key words and phrases, which you may find useful.

Desayuno – Breakfast
Almuerzo – Lunch
Cena – Dinner
Camarero/Camarera – Waiter/Waitress
No entiendo – I don’t understand
Cuánto es?/Cuánto vale/Cuánto cuesta? – How much is it?
Escríbamelo, por favor – Please write it down
Sí – Yes
No – No
Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
Buenas noches – Good night
Por favor – Please
Perdóneme – Excuse me
Habla usted Inglés? – Do you speak English?
Dónde está? – Where is?
A qué distancia? – How far?
De nada – You’re welcome
Gracias – Thank you
Adios – Goodbye
Bienvenido – Welcome
Bueno – Good
Aeropuerto – Airport
Cerrado – Closed
 Abierto – Open
Oficina de Correos – Post Office
Farmacia – Chemist
Finca – Rural Property
Calle – Street
Ciudad – Town
Gasolina – Petrol
Alquilar – to hire
Alto/Pare – stop
Camino cerrado – Road closed
Ceda el paso - Give way
Coche – Car
Cruce – crossroads
Cuidado – Warning
Derecha – Right
Izquierda – Left
Arriba – Up
Bajo – Down
Malo – Bad
Salida – Exit
Semáforo – Traffic light


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