Self Study Resource Recommendation: Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook

This is the second post in a helpful new series of blog posts on Spanish self study recommendations! Some will be free, some will be for a cost, but all will be things I have personally tested myself or with my students. There are so many Spanish learning resources out there, it's hard to know what is worth your time and money...that's where these blog posts come in.

Today I'm sharing a Spanish travel phrase book by Lonely Planet. "Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionaryis geared for beginner and intermediate Spanish learners and is pocket sized for a tiny but very helpful travel tool. Lonely Planet is the world's #1 phrasebook publisher.

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!

Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation!

  • Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings
  • Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder
  • Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips
  • Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary
  • Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology
  • Meet friends with conversation starter phrases
  • Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides

Inside Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary:

  • Full-colour throughout
  • User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories
  • Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues
  • Convenient features
    • 5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go
    • 10 Ways to Start a Sentence
    • 10 Phrases to Sound like a Local
    • Listen For - phrases you may hear
    • Look For - phrases you may see on signs
    • Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases
    • Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked
  • Covers
    • Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules
    • Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport
    • Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather
    • Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions
    • Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients


Here's ​what I say:

This handy reference guide is both tiny and packed with helpful information. It is divided into sections and each phrase has the Spanish version, English version, and how to sound it out. It also offers questions with appropriate answers, for a real two way conversation. Lots of great travel vocabulary for a variety of travel situations in Spanish, this would be ideal for beginners who may otherwise find themselves struggling to communicate when traveling through a Spanish speaking country. I would definitely recommend this!

If you are interested in picking up a copy, you can click my affiliate link here, or a non-affiliate link here. (That's right, I like it so much that I will recommend it even with no financial benefit to me! Enjoy!) There is also a Latin American version.

Want to put those new phrases to good use? Learn more about the October 2018 adventure immersion trip to Machu Picchu plus a year worth of Spanish lessons!

What's your favorite Spanish learning resource and why? Let me know in the comments!



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4 Friends Chat in Spanish Online About Their Lives, Plans & Spanish Studies

Every Thursday evening I host a Facebook Live stream session for about 30 minutes in the Speak Better Spanish Hangout Facebook group. It's usually a really fun chat where participants get to practice Spanish listening, writing in Spanish, and can ask questions! It's also a great way to get to know other Spanish learners.

I've decided to start recording these sessions to share outside of the group. If you enjoy this video, be sure to join the group to participate in the next one live and get lots of other great free resources for learning Spanish!

On 11/2, we discussed:

  1. How we are doing
  2. What we are having for dinner tonight
  3. Our weekend plans
  4. What we are celebrating
  5. If we have a dog or cat (and how to say pet in Spanish)
  6. How long it takes to learn Spanish
  7. Working out
  8. How to say chocolate milk in Spanish
  9. My upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic with my Spanish students
  10. & more!

Let me know in the comments what you are celebrating today (bonus points if you write it in Spanish!).

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Top 5 Phrases for Telecommunications Spanish

Language barriers come into play in a variety of workplaces, including the telecommunications industry. All sorts of roles can benefit from this vocabulary, including cable technicans and support staff. When you are assisting Spanish speaking customers, these phrases will really come in handy.

5 Key Telecommunications Spanish Phrases:


  • ¿Qué problemas tiene usted con su red? = What problems do you have with your internet?
  • ¿Usted tiene problemas con su red, verdad? = You are having problems with your internet, right?
  • Los alambres = wires
  • La red = internet
  • Poste telefónico = telephone pole

These are all written in the usted form, which is the formal and more respectful way to speak to a stranger in Latin America and Spain.

More Resources on Telecommunications Spanish:

Want more practice with Spanish? Join our free private Facebook group for Spanish learners of all levels!

You can also work with me one on one to improve your industry specific Spanish! Here's what Cable Technician Eric from FL said about working with me:

"Working in a business dominated by English and Spanish languages is really demanding to be able to communicate effectively. When I asked Hannah to tailor my communication skills I was very pleased with how flexible she was at accommodating the jargon I use with my customers. Thanks Hannah!"

BONUS CONTENT! Click here to get access to a free deck of online flashcards with a total of 13 telecommunications Spanish words and phrases!



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Where to Stash Emergency Travel Cash

Check out this short one minute video for several ideas on sneaky places to hide emergency cash for international travel!

Plus, learn how to say cash in Spanish!

Where's your favorite emergency cash hiding spot? Let me know in the comments!

Put your Spanish knowledge and this tip to good use in Machu Picchu in October 2018! 

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10/26 Facebook Live Stream Replay

Every Thursday evening I host a Facebook Live stream session for about 30 minutes in the Speak Better Spanish Hangout Facebook group. It's usually a really fun chat where participants get to practice Spanish listening, writing in Spanish, and can ask questions! It's also a great way to get to know other Spanish learners.

I've decided to start recording these sessions to share outside of the group. If you enjoy this video, be sure to join the group to participate in the next one live and get lots of other great free resources for learning Spanish!

Let me know in the comments what you are celebrating today (bonus points if you write it in Spanish!).

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Spanish + Travel + Laughter

Find out how to say "to laugh" and "to laugh at" in Spanish and how this applies to travel in this short video!

Can you use reir or reirse de in a sentence in Spanish? Give it a shot in the comments!

For those struggling to make consistent progress in Spanish, wanting to make new friends with similar interests, or to have epic adventures in a breathtaking setting far from home- I have a very exciting experience to share with you! Imagine weekly Spanish learning, a private group environment to get to know other Spanish learners with similar goals, all culminating in a week spent speaking Spanish and being immersed in Peruvian culture in the stunning city of Cusco. This one of a kind opportunity combines learning, friendship, and adventure for those who want it all! The experience begins upon registration and lasts until October 2018. Up to 10 students will have the opportunity for this one of a kind hybrid learning and adventure model. Learn more.

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Free Resource Recommendation: Best Spanish Word of the Day Emails

In this new series, I'll be offering up free resources for Spanish learners!

It doesn't get much more convenient then a short email in your inbox every day with a new Spanish word of the day. What a great way to build vocabulary! I signed up for every free Spanish word of the day service I could find, and these two came out on top!


SpanishD¡ct Word of the Day

  1. Vocabulary word + translation + audio
  2. Two contextual examples in Spanish and English
  3. A "Do You Remember?" Section with clickable randomized vocabulary words from the last month
  4. Hannah says: Simple & Thorough
  5. Get it here for free



Transparent Language Spanish Word of the Day

  1. Vocabulary word + translation + part of speech + audio
  2. One contextual examples in Spanish and English
  3. The option to find that word used on Twitter
  4. Hannah says: I like having the part of speech. Otherwise, the main difference is one example instead of two but it has the Twitter option.
  5. Get it here for free



I highly recommend you check those awesome free resources out! Have another free resource recommendation for Spanish learners? Let me know in the comments!




For those struggling to make consistent progress in Spanish, wanting to make new friends with similar interests, or to have epic adventures in a breathtaking setting far from home- I have a very exciting experience to share with you! Imagine weekly Spanish learning, a private group environment to get to know other Spanish learners with similar goals, all culminating in a week spent speaking Spanish and being immersed in Peruvian culture in the stunning city of Cusco. This one of a kind opportunity combines learning, friendship, and adventure for those who want it all! The experience begins upon registration and lasts until October 2018. Up to 10 students will have the opportunity for this one of a kind hybrid learning and adventure model. Learn more.



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Self Study Recommendation: Anabela Por Siempre Short Story

This is the first of what I hope will become a helpful new series of blog posts- self study recommendations! Some will be free, some will be for a cost, but all will be things I have personally tested myself or with my students. There are so many Spanish learning resources out there, it's hard to know what is worth your time and money...that's where these blog posts come in.

Today I'm sharing a short story. It's a novel, but it's not extremely long. "Anabela por siempre "is geared for intermediate Spanish learners, is 6,400 words long and uses all of the Spanish tenses and moods. The vocabulary is limited and some of the difficult words are translated within the text itself.

"Anabela por siempre" was written as a project by a Spanish IV class and their teacher in 2009 (revised in 2014). This mini-novel paints suspense and enduring friendship on an El Salvadoran canvas. Spanish students with an Intermediate level of Spanish will race across the countryside with Anabela and Robert, college students at the University of El Salvador. The presence of traditional Salvadoran mythological characters, such as the horrible Siguanaba, bring fantasy to this intermediate level novel.

Here's what one of my students, John P. has to say about it:

"It was a good little story, and I'd certainly recommend it for sort of intermediates like me.  It was very helpful in my working with past tenses.  The last 2 or 3 chapters got so easy to read, and I was only having to look up a few words a chapter.  I decided to check out the author's website, and ended up buying 4 other ones.  Recommend these for your other students."

If you are interested in picking up a copy, you can click my affiliate link here, or a non-affiliate link here. (That's right, I like it so much that I will recommend it even with no financial benefit to me! Enjoy!)

What's your favorite Spanish learning resource and why? Let me know in the comments!



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Facebook Live Spanish Chat- All Levels Welcome!

Join me for an informal Spanish chat for all levels- free! Let's get to know each other in Spanish! Ask questions in a supportive and encouraging environment. Get practice writing in Spanish and listening. Boost your confidence.

You can drop in anonymously and view the video right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1880508425558368/. I can't see who is watching unless you choose to comment. If you want to participate in conversation, that's great too! All you have to do to participate is click the link to join the FB group and then at the scheduled time click the live streaming notification when I start the video!

If you can't make it live and have questions, just email them to me (hannah@speakbetterspanish.com) and I'll answer them on the video, which will be available for replay. These have been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to practice Spanish for free in the past. Hope to see you!

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Recently, these events have been held on a weekly basis on Thursday evenings from 8:15-8:45 pm Central US time, but that schedule may change in the future.



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