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Taking a taxi ride
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¡Hola! ¡Buenos días! Hello, good morning
¡Hola! ¡Buenos días!Hello, good morning
¿Dónde quiere ir?  Where would you like to go?
Hotel Santo DomingoHotel Santo Domingo
Es aquíHere it is
¡Gracias, adiós! Thank you, goodbye!

Key Words

el centro   the centre
el hotel   the hotel
¿Dónde?   Where?
no   no
¡Buenos días!   Good morning
¡Gracias!   Thank you
la plaza   the square
¡Adiós!   Goodbye
¡Hola!   Hello

Sounds of Spanish

The good news about Spanish pronunciation is that it obeys clear phonetic rules, although people do speak with different accents, depending on their region and background.


Each of the five vowels has its own clear sharp sound:

a as in hat
e as in pet
i as in feet
o as in clock
u as in drew

c's and z's

The famous Castilian lisp, that sounds like the English 'th' in thick, is applied to ce, ci and z. You find it in centro, plaza and in names like Cibeles and Preciados. Latin American and southern Spanish speakers, though, pronounce these sounds as an 's'.

When c is followed by the other vowels it's always a hard 'k' sound, as in calle, Cuenca, Colombia.

j's and g's

J, as in Jardines, is a harder, stronger version of the English 'h'.

G, when followed by e and i, sounds exactly the same as j. Otherwise, it is pronounced as the English 'g' in go.


The double ll, as in calle, is another characteristic Spanish sound. In most parts of Spain it's like the 'lli' in the English million.


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Culture                        ¡Taxi! Facts

TaxiTaxis in Madrid are characterized by a diagonal red stripe down the front doors. The taxi sign on the roof carries a green light that's lit when the cab is available. In the rest of Spain they follow the same convention, except in Barcelona, where taxis are black and yellow.

You can hail taxis in the street or book them by phone. They all have meters, though you can expect to pay the usual supplements for extra passengers, luggage, and journeys late at night, on a Sunday or during los días de fiesta, bank-holidays. It's customary to give a tip by rounding up the bill.

In other Spanish-speaking countries you'll find collective taxis, which are a cross between taxi and bus. They can pick up different passengers during a single trip or one single group of strangers with drop-off points along the same route and are called colectivos, in Mexico, or por puestos, in Venezuela.





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