How far will Mexican-Spanish get me in spain?

I know that they are differnt dialects and I noticed some of the mexicans at my old job had some difficulty conversing with the south american spanish speaking people. I speak Moderate Mexican-Spanish not fluent and was wondering if that would get me by in spain, Travelling mind you not trying to work or anything


  1. Hey Dave, I’m currently studying in southern Spain, I was born in Mexico and your question is very valid. Spanish is Spanish like most have mentioned but your biggest issue will be the meaning of words. Like juice is jugo in most of latin america yet it’s zumo (thumo) here. I would suggest buying a castellano to English dictionary when you get to Spain. It will come in handy. If you know latin american spanish you will be fine, unfortunately there will be a lot of trail and error and the best way to learn is to simply ask for something to be explained. Aside from word differences the greatest difference here is the expressions. You might be use to "me puede dar un vaso de agua" at a restaurant when here you say "me pone un vaso….", it’s little things like that that will be most challenging. Since you will be travelling most places you visit people are very use to foreigners and are patient and willing to explain something if you don’t understand, and more importantly they will more than likely understand you better than you understand them. Good Luck!

  2. Spanish is Spanish ! Mexican is not its own language , it’s SPANISH .
    So , it will get you pretty far in Spain . I understand my mexican friends perfectly fine .
    *** Many south american countries are a mixture of spanish & other languages . it goes back to the country’s history – ex . Brazil

    haley frias
  3. Brush up on any kind of Spanish. You will have no trouble in Spain. There are many Mexicans and other Latins in Spain and they all have no problems with the language. Sure there are certain words, especially food and cars. But no problem… Same as an English speaking American going to England.

  4. You’ll do better than most people who just go with no knowledge of Spanish at all, and have to get by on sign language.

    And they do just fine! You can probably count yourself as not a tourist, but a traveler.

    @haley….they don’t speak Spanish in Brazil at all. That’s PORTUGUESE. Not Spanish mixed with something.

  5. Americans and Brits understand each other, even if there are differences in accent, pronuncitation, grammar, vocabulary and slang, and even if there could be some misunderstanding from time to time,so it is exactly the same between Latin-Americans and Spaniards.

  6. It will get you as far as it would in Mexico.

    Both countries are Spanish speaking.

    p.s. I assume that the thumbs down is from some Catalan language fascist / nationalist. The simple fact is that here in Spain, Mexican soaps are shown on TV so everyone is used to Mexican Spanish. Even older people used to go see Cantinflas movies!

  7. This depends a lot on which part of Spain you plan on visiting. They all have their own accents (much in the way that English is spoken differently all over the U.S) and dialects. My bet is that they’ll be able to understand you more easily than you’ll be able to understand them. When I was visiting southern Spain I had a hard time understanding even the simplest words at first because there is a pretty big difference in the way that they speak it compared to in Mexico. However, they understood me pretty well. For just traveling you should be much better off than someone who expects everyone to speak English for them 🙂

    Have fun in Spain, it’s one of the most beautiful and happy places I’ve ever been to.

  8. If you speak native Mexican-Spanish, you won’t find it difficult to be understood. But if you speak medium Mexican-Spanish, you will find it pretty hard to make spaniards understand you.

    M Mm

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