Spanish is the “de facto” official language of Chile. In some areas, several indigenous languages (with no official status and now close to extinction) are also spoken: Mapudungun (in Auracania Region), Quechua and Aymara (north region, close to the Bolivian border) and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

The Spanish spoken in Chile, though still entirely intelligible as standard Spanish, has a distinctive pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and slang. Non-native speakers who are competent in Spanish may find the Chilean accent to be difficult (or even impossible) to understand. Here are some useful vocabulary words that will help you during your time in Chile.

Yes = Sí
No = No
Thank you = Gracias
You are welcome = De nada
Hello = Hola
Good morning = Buenos días
Good afternoon = Buenas tardes
Goodbye = Adiós
In the evening = Por la noche
See you later = Hasta luego
I understand = Comprendo
I don’t understand = No entiendo
Excuse me = Disculpe; Permiso
I’m sorry = Lo siento, Perdón
Please = Por favor
Cheers = Salud!
How do you say ____ in Spanish? = ¿Cómo se dice ____ en español?
Please repeat = Repita, por favor
Please speak more slowly = Por favor, hable más despacio
How much does it cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
What is the price? = ¿Cuál es el precio?
I would like to buy … = Me gustaría comprar …
Do you take credit cards? = ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Where is …? = ¿Dónde está …?
The post office = la oficina de correo
The bank = el banco
The police station = la comisaría de policía
The pharmacy = la farmacia
The airport = el aeropuerto
The train station = la estación del tren
The hotel… = el hotel…
A ticket for …. please. = Un boleto (billete) para …, por favor.
Do you have any rooms available for tonight? = ¿Tiene habitaciones para esta noche?
What is your name? = ¿Como te llamas?
My name is ____ = Me llamo ____
How are you? = ¿Como está usted? (formal) ¿Como estás? (informal)
I am fine, thanks. And you? = Bien gracias, ¿y tu?
Where are you from? = ¿De donde eres?
I am from ____ = Soy de ____
Pleased/Nice to meet you = Mucho gusto; Encantado