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Photocopy all your travel documents including your passport and any document that has your signature on it and leave them with a relative or friend that you know you can contact in the event that you loose all your documentation. The copies can be faxed to you.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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Mexico now has
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BASIC SPANISH FOR TRAVELING MEXICO

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We have found the most important Spanish to know when you travel to Mexico is numbers. Whenever you make a transaction or wish to discuss money you can get by with gestures and broken Spengish but when it comes time to exchange money you want to make sure the numbers are correct.

There are also countless other times numbers get worked into the equation. This is not to say that you absolutely need to know how to count in Spanish and in fact you can get by writing everything down. Many shopkeepers have large calculators for displaying numbers to gringos.



SPANISH EXPRESSIONS PHRASES SPANISH EXPRESSIONS

English

Spanish

Hello

Hola the H is silent ó-la

Good morning

Buenos días bwé-nos dí-as

Good afternoon

Buenas tardes
bwé-nas tár-des

Good evening before 7pm

Buenas tardes
bwé-nas tár-des

Good evening after 7pm

Buenas noches
bwé-nas nó-ces

Good night

Buenas noches
bwé-nas nó-ces

Good bye

Adiós
a-djós

Until tomorrow

Hasta mañana ás-ta ma-nyan-a

Thank you

Gracias
grá-sjas

You're welcome

De nada
de ná-da

Where are you from?

¿De dónde eres?
de dón-de é-res?
¿De dónde es usted?
de dón-de es us-téd?

I need a Doctor

Necesito un doctor ne-ce-si-to un dok-tór
Necesito un médico
ne-ce-si-to un mé-di-ko

How are you?

¿Cómo está usted?formal
kó-mo es-tá us-téd?
¿Cómo estás?familiar
kó-mo es-tás?

Where is the bathroom?

¿Dónde está el baño? dón-de es-tá el ba-nyo?

See you later

Hasta luego ás-ta lwé-go

I am very sorry, I am a Gringo

Lo siento mucho, soy gringo lo sjen-to mú-cho

Please

Por Favor
por fa-bór

What is your name?

¿Cómo se llama?
¿Cómo te llamas? children

My name is

Me nombre es / Me llamo

Write your name

Escriba su nombre formal
Escribe tu nombre familiar

What is the exchange rate?

¿A cómo está el dólar?

This is an emergency!

¡Es una emergencia!

Can you take me to

Puede llevarme a

Do you speak English

¿Habla inglés?

I am from the United States

Soy de los Estados Unidos

I invite you to have dinner

Le invito a cenar.formal
Te invito a cenar.familiar

Allow me to introduce myself

Permítame a presentarme

Please to meet you

Mucho gusto en conocerle /Mucho gusto

Have a nice day

Que tengan un buen día

Shrimp
Lobster
Fish

Camarones
Langosta
Pescado

I would like Mexican food

Me gustaría comida mexicana

I would like Seafood

Me gustarían mariscos

Beer

Cerveza

Coca Cola

Coca



USEFUL SPANISH PHRASES USEFUL SPANISH PHRASES

¿Puede recomendarme un hotel barato?
Can you recommend a cheap hotel?

¿Cuánto cobra por noche?
What's the cost per nite?

¿Hay algo más barato?
Is there anything cheaper?

¿Tiene cuartos libres?
Do you have any vacancies?

Quisiera un cuarto sencillo.
I'd like a single room.

¿Me permite ver el cuarto?
May I see the room?

No me gusta esta habitación.
I don't like this room.

¿Cuánto cuesta por semana?
What's the weekly rate?

¿Están las comidas incluidas ?
Are meals included?

Estoy enfermoa.
I'm sick.

¿Podría llamar a un médico, por favor?
Could you please call a doctor?

¿Puede visitarme el médico?
Can the doctor come here?

Tengo náuseas.
I feel nauseous.

Tengo alergia.
I have an allergy.

Tengo diarrea.
I have diarrhea

Tengo migraña.
I have a migraine.

¿Dónde puedo reclamar mi equipaje?
Where can I claim my luggage?

¿Dónde está la aduana?
Where is customs?



NUMBERS NUMBERS

Number Spanish
(pronunciation)
0 cero
(say-ro)
1 uno
(oo-no)
2 dos
(dose)
3 tres
(trace)
4 cuatro
(kwat-ro)
5 cinco
(sink-o)
6 seis
(saze)
7 siete
(see-yet-eh)
8 ocho
(och-o)
9 nueve
(new-eh-veh)
10 diez
(dee-ace)
11 once
(ohn-say)
12 doce
(dos-say)
13 trece
(treh-seh)
14 catorce
(ca-TOR-say)
15 quince
(KEEN-say)
16 dieciséis
(dee-AY-see-saze)
17 diecisiete
(dee-AY-see-see-AY-tay )
18 dieciocho
(dee-AY-see-och-o)
19 diecinueve
(dee-AY-see-new-EH-veh)
20 veinte
(Veh-een-tee)

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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