SPANISH LESSON (24): At the Airport

Hola mis alumnos, bienvenidos a la clase de español.

Today you’re going to learn key words and phrases to use in the airport.  It will come in handy for your next trip to a Spanish-speaking country!

One of the first items to look at today is the verb IrIr means To Go. It is also an irregular verb, which means it doesn’t follow the rules by which most other verbs abide. Here’s how you use it:


Take a peek back at our lessons on and Usted if you need a refresher on the different words for ‘you’ in Spanish. Additionally, you can review the lesson on pronouns.

You can also check out this Señor Jordan video for more details on the conjugation and use of Ir.

Here is a vocabulary list of ten of the most commonly used words for travel Spanish.

PlaneEl avión
SuitcaseLa maleta
TicketEl billete
To FlyVolar
FlightLa Vuelta
PassengerEl/ La pasajero/a
PassportEl pasaporte
AirportEl aeropuerto
ArrivalLa llegada
DepartureLa salida

Let’s see some of those words in action.  Read the following dialogue.

Maria y su mejor amiga, Octavia, viajan a Cuba. Están en el aeropuerto con el oficial de inmigración. (Maria and her best friend, Octavia, are travelling to Cuba. They are in the airport with Immigration).

Oficial de Inmigración (Immigration Officer): Bienvenida a Cuba.
Maria: Gracias Señor.
OI: ¿Cómo se llama usted?
Maria: Mi nombre es Maria Sanchez Garcia.
OI: ¿De dónde viene usted? (Where are you coming from?)
Maria: Vengo de Toronto. (I’m coming from Toronto)
OI: Una ciudad muy bonita. (A very pretty city)
Maria: Sí­. Por supuesto. (Yes. Of course)
OI: Su pasaporte por favor. (Your passport please)
Maria: Aquí­ está.
OI: ¿Dónde va a quedarse aquí en Havana? (Where are you going to stay here in Havana?)
Maria: En el Hotel Melia Habana.
OI: ¿Cuál es la dirección del hotel? (What is the address of the hotel?)
Maria: Numero 80, Miramar Playa, Habana
OI: ¿Cuánto tiempo va a estar allí? (How long are you going to be there?)
Maria: Estoy aquí por dos semanas. (I am here for 2 weeks)
OI: ¿Por qué está aquí­ en Cuba? (Why are you here in Cuba)
Maria: Estoy de vacaciones con mi amiga. Somos turistas. (I am on vacation with my friend. We are tourists).
OI: Muy bien. Disfrute su estadía. (Enjoy your stay).
Maria: Gracias señor.

If you’d like more Spanish vocabulary and expressions for travel, download my free Spanish e-Phrasebook for Travel (with audio links for pronunciation).

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