If you’re heading off for a holiday in the Spanish city of Bilbao, it’s not your Spanish that you’ll need to brush up on, it is in fact Basque, or Euskara as it is locally known. Unlike any other European language, Basque does not have its roots in Latin or Germanic languages and can be quite tricky to learn. Take a look at these 20 essential phrases you’ll need on your trip.
Kaixo – Hello
Urte askotarako – Pleased to meet you
Ongi etorri – Welcome
Egun on – Good morning
Arratsalde on – Good afternoon/evening
Gabon – Goodnight
Agur – Goodbye
Mesedez – Please
Eskerrik asko – Thank you
Egun ona izan dezazula – Have a nice day
Zer moduz – How are you?
Barkatu – Excuse me
Nor zara? – What’s your name?
Nire izena … da – My name is …
Zenbat balio du? – How much is this?
On egin! – Bon appétit (have a good meal)
Ez dut ulertzen – I don’t understand
Osasuna! – Cheers!
Bai – Yes
Ez – No