20 Essential Basque Phrases You'll Need On Your Trip to Bilbao
Casco Viejo Bilbao, Spain | © Mikemod / Wikimedia Commons
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.
Phrases for greeting
Urte askotarako – Pleased to meet you
Arratsalde on – Good afternoon/evening
business-man-offering-hand-shake © Johnny Magnusson/ Free Stock Photos
Where are your manners?
Eskerrik asko – Thank you
Egan ona izan dezazula – Have a nice day
Good manners Photo credit: EKG Technician Salary / Flickr
Getting to know you
Nor zara? – What’s your name?
Nire izena … da – My name is …
hello my name is... ©EvelynGiggles / Flickr
The everyday in Bilbao
Zenbat balio du? – How much is this?
On egin! – Bon appétit (have a good meal)
Ez dut ulertzen – I don’t understand
Mercado_de_la_Ribera,_Casco_Viejo,_Bilbao © Naotake Murayama / Wikimedia Commons