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Learn Spanish in 2016

Learn Spanish in 2016¡Feliz Año Nuevo! That’s Happy New Year from all the team at HomeRentalontheWeb, we hope you had a great Christmas and that 2016 is going to be a good one. What was your New Year’s Resolution? ¿Quieres aprender Español? (Do you want to learn Spanish?)

We think that if you are planning to relocate to Spain, or you’re renting long term on the Costa del Sol already, that you should be aiming to learn some Spanish this year. Whilst you can get by without it in international areas such as the Costa del Sol, you will be able to enjoy life here so much more with a good level of Spanish. Plus you’ll be able to navigate the bureaucracy and get set up with phone lines, electricity and water without help! The people that really make a life for themselves here tend to speak Spanish. It opens so many doors and allows you to integrate, have many more options for work and saves you money, as you don’t need to rely on private healthcare and international schools.

Now we know that believing that you can reach a high enough level to speak to the doctor or service providers is hard, but trust us, everyone can do it if they try and there are loads of great resources out there. Plus when you start and make an effort to speak to the locals, you will get a lovely response and it will inspire you to learn more.

We recommend starting with some of the free online language learning resources, there’s a great list of free Spanish classes here and the BBC has a very good mini-site with loads of good activities which are fun, as well as helping you learn. Head down to your local library and see what they have, audio courses like Michel Thomas are brilliant for building up vocab and confidence without too much boring grammar and there are more traditional courses out there too of course.

Once you are learning, whether it’s with classes, or at home with books and tapes you should look for opportunities to practice it and get used to speaking naturally. There is an excellent website called Meetup where you can join groups all over the world and “Meet up” with people doing all kinds of things. The Spanish ones are brilliant, as you can meet in a social and friendly atmosphere and put what you’re learning into practice. Trust me, this relaxed practice will really make a difference, as it will take the language out of the books, let you apply it, but without it being too scary.

If you are planning to move over to Spain with the family, why not hire a private teacher and learn together, it will help you prepare for the move, bring you together and give you a grounding in the basics. With a private teacher you can also ask them to prepare you for specific things such as registering kids for schools, so you’re ready to face it when you arrive.

If you’re already living in Spain, then group lessons are a good way to get to know people as well as improve your Spanish. You can supplement your classes by setting up a language exchange (intercambio) with someone Spanish, so you can help each other improve your language skills, whilst having fun and making friends. Ask in your local Town Hall foreigners’ department whether they have any spaces in their classes, these are normally the most affordable.

Try a few different methods and see what works for you. It’s a beautiful language with many similarities to English and no matter your age or ability, if you really put your mind to it you will be able to master it! Buena Suerte (good luck)!

Check out our useful Spanish phrases blog post and our other learning Spanish articles to get you started, it’s worth it for the amazing life you can lead here. Remember that we can help you to relocate to Spain and find your perfect long term rental on the Costa del Sol.

Learning Spanish – Looking for a house

bigstock-Puzzle-Button-Do-you-speak-sp-79535224The Costa del Sol is one of the most amazing places to live and if you’re thinking of relocating we’d definitely encourage you to take the plunge. There’s so much to offer in terms of climate, lifestyle, sports, great food and more. We believe that you get the most out of living here by making an effort to learn the language and so we cover different useful vocabulary in our Learning Spanish blog posts.

When relocating to Spain, we would recommend that rather than buying straight away, that you start off by renting long term and then invest in a property of your own. This gives you time to be sure where you want to be and have checked out the lifestyle and all its pros and cons and know that you want the Costa del Sol to be your long term home.

We are long term rental experts and can help you find a great property on the Costa del Sol in English, so please don’t hesitate to ask. But if you want to shop around and see what Spanish rental agents have to offer, then here’s the vocabulary you need.

¿Tiene algo para alquilar? – Do you have anything to rent?

Necesito una casa con tres dormitorios. – I need a house with 3 bedrooms.

¿Cuánto es por mes? – How much is it per month?

¿Cuánto es la finanza? – How much is the deposit?

¿El contrato es de seis o once meses? – Is the contract for 6 or 11 months?

¿Es renovable? – Is it renewable?

Con piscina y jardín particular. – With private pool & garden.

Con piscina de comunidad. –  With community pool.   

Está completamente reformada. – It’s completely modernized.

Aparcamiento. – Parking.

Una casa de dos plantas. – A two story house.

doble acristalamiento – double glazing,      armarios empotrados – fitted wardrobes,   cocina amueblada – fitted kitchen,  casa adosada – terraced house,    finca – country house with land,      ático – penthouse,      sótano – basement,      ascensor – lift,   suelos de mármol – marble floors,     luminoso – light

With thanks to Spanish teacher, Translator and Interpreter Michelle Lewis for providing these very helpful terms. Contact her if you need any help with learning Spanish or dealing with the Spanish system. Email or call 680 155 254.

Please browse our selection of Costa del Sol long term rentals on our website and let us find you the perfect place and explain all the terms and conditions in English. It can remove a lot of the stress from your property search!

Learning Spanish – Talking about your work

bigstockphoto_Business_Woman_5135305Renting long term on the Costa del Sol and living and working here means that the Spanish you need to get to know someone often starts with discussing what you do for a job. This means you need a good grasp of the vocabulary for professions and know how to ask and answer questions. Here’s a short run down of helpful vocabulary to talk about what you do: Continue reading “Learning Spanish – Talking about your work”

Learning Spanish – Celebrating Spain

dia-d-andaluciaIn Spain, every year on February 28th, Día de Andalucia is celebrated to remember the day that Andalucia became an autonomous community of Spain. It is a great opportunity to celebrate what we love about living on the Costa del Sol and all the fantastic culture, food and traditions in Spain. We therefore thought that we could share a few nice phrases to speak about Spain and all things Spanish!

¿Hace cuánto tiempo estas aquí en España? (How long have you been here in Spain)

Estoy aquí hace …… meses/años, ¿y tú? (I’ve been here for …. months/years, and you?)

¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live?)

Vivo en ……., ¿y tu?  (I live in …. and you)


¿Te gusta España? – Do you like Spain?

Si me gusta mucho – Yes I like it a lot

Me encanta las playas y la clima – I love the beaches and the climate

Me gusta la vida relajada – I like the relaxed life

¿Cual es tu cosa favorita sobre Espana? – What is your favorite thing about Spain?

Me cosa favorita es ……… – My favorite thing is …………


¿Te gusta viajar? Do you like to travel?

Me gusta mucho viajar/No he viajado mucho – I like to travel a lot/I haven’t travelled much

He viajado mucho – I have travelled a lot


¿Has viajado mucho en España?

He visitado muchos lugares en España – I have visited a lot of places in Spain

Hemos estado a Sevilla, Madrid y Granada – We have been to Seville, Madrid and Granada

Creo que Granada es muy bonita, me encanta la Alhambra – I think Granada is very beautiful, I love the Alhambra

¿Donde recomiendas visito en España? – Where would you recommend I visit in Spain?

Recomiendo vas a ……….. – I recommend you visit ………………



¿Te gusta comida española? – Do you like Spanish food?

Mi gusta mucho comida española – I like Spanish food

¿Cuál es tu plato favorito? What is your favorite dish?

Mi encanta paella/albondigas/solomillo/tapas – I love ……

¿Sabes un restaurante bueno cerca de aqui? Do you know a good restaurante close by?

Mi gusta mucho un restaurante se llama …. – I really like a restaurant called ……



España tiene muchas fiestas – Spain has a lot of festivals

¿Cual es tu fiesta favorita? – What is Your favourite festival?

Me gusta mucho los dias de Semana Santa – I really like Easter

¿Has visitado la Tomatina? – Have you been to the Tomatina (the festival where people throw tomatoes)

We hope you love renting long term in Spain as much as we do and that your Spanish is coming along well to help you experience even more about the lifestyle and the people. ¡Hasta la proxima!

Learning Spanish – Fish & Seafood

The Costa del Sol is well known for its fantastic cuisine and particularly the very fresh and reasonably priced fish and seafood which you can buy in the markets, supermarkets and of course in the hundreds of specialist restaurants. A popular afternoon out for many Spanish families is going to a “chiringuito” or beach restaurant, where fish dishes are the specialty and if you’re renting on the Costa del Sol knowing the right Spanish phrases can really help you to make the most out of these great places.

Here’s our guide to ordering fish and seafood by our Spanish teacher Michelle Lewis

Vamos a un chiringuito – Let’s go to a beach restaurant.

¿Qué pescado fresco hay hoy? – What fresh fish is there today?

Hay rosada a la plancha, o frito. – There is red hake grilled or fried.

Tenemos espetos de sardinas. – We have sardines grilled on a stick.

¿Cómo está cocinado? – How is it cooked?

Está frito / a la romana / a la parilla / al horno / hervido / cocido al vapor. – It’s fried / deep fried / grilled / baked / poached / steamed.

filetes de merluza – hake fillets

pez espada – sword fish

lenguado – sole

mero – grouper

salmonete – red mullet

boquerones en vinagre – anchovies in vinegar

rodaballo – turbot

dorada – gilthead (bream)

rape – monk fish

angulas – eels

bacalao – cod

lubina – sea bass

pescadilla – whiting

Some incredibly useful phrases to know in Spanish!

Without a doubt, life in Spain is certainly easier and can be more enjoyable if you learn to speak the language. Everything from socialising and work to shopping and finding your way around may require you to know some Spanish. Many people on the Costa del Sol speak English, however not everyone does and Spanish are polite people so it’s good to make an effort when talking to them. Here are some key phrases that will really help you to settle in and impress your friends and family when they visit your new home this summer!


¿Dónde está ………………….? Where is, just add desired place or object, e.g.:

¿Dónde está el ayuntamiento? – Where is the town hall?


¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost? (One item)

¿Cuánto es? – How much is it? (End total of a few items)


Se puede …… ( + verb) – Can you ?. e.g.:-

¿Se puede aparcar aquí? – Can you park here?

No se puede – you can´t.

¿Se puede? – could also be use don it’s own to request permission.


Quiero …….(+ object or verb) – I want- (not as rude as it sounds in English!)

    Quiero dos kilos de patatas – I want two kilos of potatoes- (object)


Quiero apuntarme – I want to sign up  (verb)

No quiero – I don’t want to/it.


No sé – I don’t know


Tengo – I have

No tengo – I don’t have

Tienes – Do you have? You have.


Me duele………. ( + body part) – My ……….. hurts

Me duele el tobillo – My ankle hurts


No funciona – It doesn’t work.

Está roto – It’s broken.


Hay – is/are there? , there is/are – (pronounced “eye”)

No hay – there aren´t/isn´t any


Voy a …………..( + place or verb)  – I’m going to ………….

Voy a la playa – I’m going to the beach.- (place)

Voy a comprar pan – I’m going to buy bread.- (verb)

¿Dónde vas? – Where are you going?


No importa – It doesn’t matter.


¿Cuándo es? – When is it?


Es muy importante – It’s very important.


To learn more Spanish you can see our previous blogs with useful phrases to use at the pharmacy and the beauty salon, plus tips for understanding Spanish utility bills.

If you are looking to rent long term on the Costa del Sol this year, visit our website for list of available properties or call us on 952 839 595 with your requirements.




Medical translation line for expats in Andalucia

One of the best ways to settle into your new rental home on the Costa del Sol is to start learning Spanish as it will make your time here much easier and you never know when you may need to use it, such as in an emergency.

We don’t like to think we will ever need to go to the doctors or use the emergency services but sometimes we may need to and you could have a hard job trying to explain what the problem is as many healthcare workers in Spain don’t speak any English.

Luckily though, in Andalucia we have an excellent telephone translation line called the Salud Responde (Health Response line), which has helped thousands of expats in the area communicate at doctors and hospitals. The vital phone line helps patients and health workers understand each other quickly and easily so in times of emergency or stress this has proved a big relief to many.

The Health Response line can be used when making an appointment, during an appointment and to understand test results so now you can relax knowing you always have someone who can translate for you in the touch of a few buttons. This very useful translation line has been used by hundreds of thousands of Brits since the launch in 2009 and can even be used for translation of wills, medical records and when donating blood.

When it comes to the pharmacy though, it definitely pays to learn the lingo. Here you can read our previous blog with some useful free Spanish tips to use in ‘La farmacia’ to help get you started!

When a translator is needed, simply phone the help line on 902 505 060 24 (information and services centre) or 902 505 066 for Primary care appointment line hours 365 days per year. In an emergency dial 061. You can also email the Salud Response line for information.

Learning Spanish – Christmas shopping

The Costa del Sol is an enchanting place to be at Christmas time and a great chance for you and the family to learn about Spanish traditions. Pretty Christmas lights are sparkling in the towns, the restaurants and bars are once again bustling and the supermarkets are stocked with juicy turkeys and all kinds’ of festive goodies ready for week-long celebrations of the Three Kings.

Now that you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol, a great way to really feel settled in is to learn the lingo and Christmas is a great excuse to get started! Here are some Spanish tips so now you can do your Christmas shopping in Spanish too.

Christmas Tree

¿Aquí se vende árboles de navidad? – Do you sell Christmas trees here?

¿Cuánto cuesta por metro? – How much do they cost per metre?

¿Se entrega a domicilio? –  Are they delivered to the house?

¿Cuándo se puede entregarlo? – When can it be delivered?

¿Viene con raíces o está cortado? – Does it come with roots or is it cut?


Busco una camisa para hombre. – I´m looking for a man’s shirt.

¿Hay de seda / algodón? – Is there anything in silk / cotton?

Busco algo clasico / de moda. – I´m looking for something classic / fashionable.

¿Puedo devolverlo si no le gusta? – Can I return it if he doesn’t like it?

Tiene que devolverlo dentro de catorce días con el recibo. –  You have to return it within 14 days with the receipt.

Me podría dar un reembolso o tengo que cambiarlo para otra prenda? – Can I have a refund or do I have to change it for another garment?

Aquí tiene el recibo. – Here´s the receipt.

Me gustaría un reembolso. – I would like a refund.

Es para regalar, ¿se puede envolverlo? – It’s for a present, can you wrap it?

Shopping for Christmas dinner

Nata montado – whipped cream,      nata para montar – whipping cream,      jerez – sherry,      chirivía – parsnip,      castañas – chestnuts,      pavo – turkey,      pastelillo navideño relleno de frutas – mincepie,      relleno de frutas – mincemeat,      pastel de frutas secas que se come el día de Navidad – Christmas pudding,      col de Bruselas – Brussels sprouts,      tarjetas de Navidad – Christmas cards,      papel de regalo – wrapping paper,      lucitas de Navidad – Christmas lights,      nueces – walnuts,      frutas secas – nuts (general),      adornos navideños – Christmas decorations,      bolas de Navidad – Christmas baubles,      turrón – typical Christmas sweet made of nougat and chocolate.

¡Feliz Navidad! – Happy Christmas!

Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpreter. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email or call 680 155 254 for more information.

Learning Spanish – Bills (Facturas)

Once you have found the perfect long term rental property in Spain, a great way to really settle in is to learn some useful Spanish phrases.

As with any rental property you will also have household bills to deal with so here are some tips to help you understand them.


Nº cuenta cliente – client account number

datos deltitular – details of the account holder

referencia – reference number                               

fecha de emisión – date issued

periodo del consumo – period of use of service  

periodo de facturación – billing perio

mensual / bimestral / trimestral – monthly / bi-monthly / tri-monthly

domiciliación bancaria – standing order details

forma de pago – payment method                        

 fecha de vencimiento – due date

dirección postal – postal address          

teléfono de atención al cliente – customer service telephone number.

histórico de la facturación – history of previous bills

importe – sum /cost                                           

base imponible – details of net costs

cargos fijos – fixed charges                              

conceptos y cargos – concepts & charges.

servicios contratados – services contracted

detalles de consumo – details of consumption

total a pagar – total payable

información al cliente – information of interest to the client

descuentos y ajustes – discounts & adjustments

impuesto  – tax                     IVA  – VAT       

cuota fija – fixed fee            

Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpreter. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email or call 680 155 254 for more information.

If you are looking for your perfect long term rental property on the Costa del Sol, give us a call on 952 83 95 95 or visit our website for our online catalogue.

Learning Spanish – The Beauty Salon

Summer in Spain is fast approaching and one great way to prepare your mind and body for the hot season is taking a trip to the salon for a good pampering! Here are some useful Spanish words and phrases to help you at the beauty parlor.

Continue reading “Learning Spanish – The Beauty Salon”