Trips to Madrid, the capital of Spain, will take you to one of the most cosmopolitan destinations Europe has to offer. Heavily influenced by an array of different cultures over the years, including French and Roman, Madrid is a rich and diverse place that’s ready and waiting to be explored by adventurous travellers.
It’s unusual to go away to another country without learning a few local phrases, but lots of travellers jet off without picking up any of the local lingo. As seasoned explorers, here at Thomas Cook we believe you never know when a bit of local knowledge might come in handy. So we’ve put together a handy list of a few key words and phrases to learn before you leave.
So, what language is spoken in Madrid?
In case you don’t already know, the language spoken in Madrid is Spanish, which is also the official language of Spain. If you happen to have an old dictionary gathering dust on your shelf at home, now’s the time to dig it out and see how much you can pick up before you head off on your travels.
If you’re not fluent in the official Madrid language, there’s no need to worry. Madrid is a popular tourist destination, so English is widely spoken in the city, especially among those working in hotels, restaurants and shops. It’s even more common among the younger generation, so you should be able to get by without it. That said, when visiting another country, it’s always polite to try your hand at a few simple words and phrases whenever you can. The Madrid locals are sure to appreciate your efforts.
About language in Madrid
More specifically, the Madrid language is known as Castilian Spanish (or Castellano). This is widely spoken in the northern and central parts of Spain, and it’s the standard language used on radio and TV. In fact, Castilian Spanish is spoken by around 99% of the population as either a first of second language.
All over the country, you’ll hear variations of the Spanish language, as well as local dialects being spoken. In addition, you’ll also find a few regional languages in different parts of the country. These include Catalan, Galician, Basque and Asturian.
Today, Spanish is the native language of over 400 million people, and 9 million people all over the world speak it as a second language. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. Spanish is also widely spoken in Belize, Andorra and Gibraltar, as well as in the US (in fact, there are more Spanish speakers in the US than there are in Spain).
Learn a few phrases
To help you get started with the local language in Madrid, we’ve included a list of useful words and phrases for you here on this page. Take a few minutes of your time to have a read through, and click on the green icon to hear the proper pronunciation. It’s easy when you know how.