At the Airport in Spanish

Traveling in a Spanish-speaking country? Learn what to say at the airport in Spanish in this free audio lesson. After this you’ll know the Spanish words for useful travel vocabulary like passport, baggage claim and bus stop. We’ll even make sure you know how to speak Spanish politely to the customs officer! Listen to the basic Spanish conversation between the two native speakers, following the English translation as you go. When you’re ready, try saying these Spanish words and phrases aloud. You never know when they’ll come in handy!

Listen to the basic Spanish conversation between the two native speakers, following the English translation as you go. When you’re ready, try saying these Spanish words and phrases aloud. You never know when they’ll come in handy!

At the Airport in Spanish

Conversation Practice

Carlos and Carmona are taking a trip to Ecuador, where they hope to see the Galapagos Islands, the Amazonian rain forest, and the colonial district of Quito. In this newsletter, they’ve arrived at Quito International Airport . They need to make their way to their hotel. As the plane lands at the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre, or the Mariscal Sucre International Airport , Carlos and Carmona put on their backpacks and watch excitedly through the window. They file off the plane.

"Look at the sign, Carlos," says Carmona. "BIENVENIDOS A ECUADOR." That means ‘Welcome to Ecuador,’ doesn’t it?”

They follow the path marked Llegada for Arrivals and stand in line at Aduana, or Customs. After passing through customs, they follow the signs to el reclamo de equipaje, or baggage claim, to pick up their luggage.

Now, they need to find a taxi to their hotel. Carmona stops a security guard. You can play their lines by clicking on the play button.

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Carmona:
Perdón, señor. ¿Dónde está la parada de taxis?
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Guardia:
¿La parada? Está por esas puertas. Los taxis azules son los mejores. ¿Necesitan ustedes ayuda con las maletas?
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Carmona:
No, gracias. Estamos bien.
Now, play the conversation again line by line, trying to hear each word and phrase in terms of its English meaning. Try repeating after them!

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Carmona:
Excuse me, sir. Where is the taxi stop?
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Guard:
The stop? It is through those doors. The blue taxis are the best. Do you need help with the suitcases?
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Carmona:
No, thank you. We’re fine.
Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

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¿dónde está?
where is?
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aeropuerto internacional
international airport
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bienvenidos
welcome
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llegada
arrivals
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aduana
customs
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el reclamo de equipaje
baggage claim
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la parada de taxis
the taxi stop
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está
it is
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por esas puertas
through those doors
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los taxis azules
the blue taxis
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los mejores
the best
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¿necesita ayuda?
do you need help?
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las maletas
the suitcases
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no, gracias
no thanks
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estamos bien / estoy bien
we’re fine / I’m fine
At the taxi stop, Carlos and Carmona hail the driver of a blue taxi. As the taxi driver puts their suitcases in his car, Carlos attempts to find out how much it will cost to get to their hotel.

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Carlos:
Vamos al Hotel Windsor en la calle Amazonas. ¿Cuánto cuesta el pasaje?
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Chofer:
No sé, señor. Depende.
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Carlos:
Pero más o menos.
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Chofer:
Bueno, más o menos, cuesta dos dólares.
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Carlos:
¿Está muy lejos?
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Chofer:
No está muy lejos, pero hay mucho tráfico.
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Carlos:
¿Qué tan largo es el viaje?
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Chofer:
Unos diez minutos.
Play the conversation again as you try to follow it in English.

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Carlos:
We're going to Windsor Hotel in Amazonas Street. How much does the fare cost?
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Chofer:
I don't know sir. It depends.
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Carlos:
But, more or less?
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Chofer:
Well, more or less, it costs two dollars.
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Carlos:
Is it very far away?
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Chofer:
It's not very far away, but there is a lot of traffic.
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Carlos:
How long is the trip?
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Chofer:
About ten minutes.
Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

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vamos a / voy a
we’re going to / I’m going to
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en la calle
in or on the street
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¿cuánto cuesta?
how much does it cost?
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el pasaje
the fare
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no sé
I don’t know
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depende
it depends
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pero
but
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más o menos
more or less
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bueno
well
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cuesta X dólares
it costs X dollars
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¿está lejos? / ¿está cerca?
is it far away? / is it close by?
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¿qué tan largo es el viaje?
how long is the trip?
The taxi driver gets into the taxi as Carlos and Carmona slide into the back seat. The driver turns the ignition. The taxi coughs several times, then dies. Carlos and Carmona look at each other. Carlos asks the driver, “¿Hay algún problema?” or Is there a problem? The driver grunts and tries again. This time, the taxi roars to life, and the driver peals off into the streets of Quito.

Mauricio
Mauricio Evlampieff
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