Spanish phrasebook: Time to pay

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Time to pay

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There’s an important question that you need to know in any language, including Spanish: How much is it? We’re going to see questions and answers that we’ll be using when paying for anything: clothes, food, souvenirs,… We recommend that you memorize some of these phrases because they’ll be extremely useful in many situations. Listen to the phrases below:

Section How much is it?

How much is it?

There are fewer and fewer things in this world that are for free, that’s why it’s so important to ask the price. We’ll see this from the point of view of both buyer and seller. We start with the phrases you’ll use when you want to buy something:

¿Cuánto cuesta esto?
How much is it?

¿Cuánto es esto en… euros / dólares?
How much is it in… / euros / dollars?

Escriba el precio, por favor.
Can you write the price down, please?

Esto cuesta…
This costs…

Este es el precio.
This is the price.

Esto es gratis. / Esto no es gratis.
This is free. / This isn’t free.

Section How to bargain

How expensive! (how to bargain)

There are countries where bargaining over the price of things is a must. That’s why you should always be ready to negotiate, regardless whether you are the buyer or the seller. Let’s start with phrases when it’s you wanting to pay less:

Es demasiado caro.
It’s too expensive.

¿Puede dar un descuento?
Can you give a discount?

Vamos a dejarlo en…
Let’s make it…

Vamos a dejarlo por esto.
Let’s make it for this much.

Here you have phrases to use when you are the one selling and someone asks for a lower price:

Está bien, le doy un descuento.
Ok, I’ll give you a discount.

¡Más barato no se puede!
I can’t make it any cheaper!

Es un buen precio.
This is a good price.

Do you accept credit cards?

Do you accept credit cards?

Before thinking about paying, you should decide how to pay. In our pockets we have euros, pounds, dollars, … but also credit cards. So let’s start with something easy: Can I pay with credit card?

¿Se puede pagar con tarjeta de crédito?
Can I pay with credit card?

¿Aceptan euros? / ¿Aceptan dólares?
Do you accept euros? / Do you accept dollars?

¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Do you accept credit cards?

Now we’re going to see possible answers to the previous questions.

Aceptamos dólares. / No aceptamos dólares.
We accept dollars. / We don’t accept dollars.

Aceptamos euros. / No aceptamos euros.
We accept euros. / We don’t accept euros.

Aceptamos tarjetas de crédito. / No aceptamos tarjetas de crédito.
We accept credit cards. / We don’t accept credit cards.

We’ve also prepared phrases about cash machines:

¿Dónde hay aquí un cajero automático?
Where’s an ATM/cash machine near here?

¿Necesita un cajero automático? Está aquí cerca.
Do you need a cash machine? It’s near here.

Aquí no hay ningún cajero automático.
There isn’t any cash machine here.

Section Can I have the check, please?

Can I have the check, please?

When you want to pay, it’s enough to say “how much do I owe you?”, but we’re going to see other cases. For example, before knowing what to pay in total you should know how to say something like “I’m taking this / I’m not taking this”:

¿Cuánto le debo?
How much do I owe you?

¿Se va a llevar esto?
Are you taking this?

No me voy a llevar esto.
I’m not taking this.

Sí, me voy a llevar esto.
Yes, I’m taking this.

¿Quiere el recibo?
Would you like a receipt?

¿Me da un recibo, por favor?
Can I have a receipt, please?

In small shops or restaurants you won’t be using the following sentences, but in bigger places it’s useful to know how to ask where and when you should pay:

¿Tengo que pagar ahora?
Do I have to pay now?

¿Dónde tengo que pagar?
Where do I have to pay?

Puede usted pagar aquí / allí.
You can pay here / there.

Now you’ll learn how to ask for the bill/check in a restaurant.

¿Quiere la factura?
Would you like the check/bill?

La cuenta, por favor.
Can I have the check/bill, please?

Yo no he pedido esto.
I didn’t order this.

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