Spanish travel vocabulary

Spanish Travel Vocabulary - Part I: At the airport

Travel and Vocabulary

Having a good understanding of vocabulary is essential in order to understand and speak better in a second language. This is specially important when you travel and you need those language skills to “survive”. In this case, travel vocabulary comes into play, including Spanish travel vocabulary, if you are traveling to Spanish speaking countries.

If you want to improve your travel vocabulary, an enormous amount of resources are available everywhere, including internet. But it is not always the same when you need something more specific, such as vocabulary used at airports.

Travel and Languages

The reasons to learn a language can differ among people. There are people who need languages for work, others who want to communicate with their in-laws, or even the ones who enjoy the great benefits of such an activity. In addition, I am sure most of you would also want to improve your language skills for travel.

Knowing languages makes travel easier and more enjoyable. When you know the language that is spoken in the country you are visiting, things such as asking for a drink, buying a souvenir, or trying to make friends, become much simpler. Also, you get a better understanding of the culture and people when you are able to communicate with the locals. Additionally, what about understanding what is being said at the airports or on a plane? For example, sometimes, the speaker systems used to communicate do not help at all, such as poor sound or unclear voices, which makes it difficult to understand.

When you have traveled abroad you probably have had some issues understanding what they said about your flight. Have they just changed my boarding gate? Have they just delayed my flight? Similarly, why don’t I understand the safety instructions the flight attendants give? But the main question is; why do people speak as fast when I am not fluent in a foreign language?

If you are planning to travel to Spain or any other Spanish speaking country, this post will interest you. Also, if you are worried about not understanding anything during your time at the airport and on your plane, this post is for you. And of course, if you just want to learn new vocabulary in Spanish, feel free to read on.

Spanish Travel Vocabulary at the Airport

Here is a list with the most common Spanish travel vocabulary people use at airports and planes with their English translations. A list that certainly will help you when you travel.

Enjoy!

SpanishEnglish
Abrocharse

To fasten
La aduana
Customs
El área designada
Designated area
El asiento
Seat
El asiento al lado de la ventana
Window seat
El asiento al lado del pasillo
Aisle seat
El aterrizaje
Landing
El aterrizaje de emergencia
Emergency landing
Aterrizar
To land
Los auriculares
Los cascos
Headphones
El avión
Plane
Ayudar
To assist
To help
El/la azafato/a de vuelo
El/la auxiliar de vuelo
El/la asistente de vuelo
Flight attendant
La cabina
La cabina de mando
La cabina del piloto
Cockpit
Flight deck
El/la capitán/a
Captain
El carrito
Trolley
El chaleco salvavidas
Life jacket
Vest
La cinta transportadora (de recogida) de equipaje/s
Baggage carousel
El cinturón de seguridad
Seatbelt
La clase de negocios
Business class
La clase turista
La clase económica
Tourist class
Economic class
El compartimiento (superior) para equipaje
Baggage compartment
Confiscar
Confiscate
El control de seguridad
Security checkpoint
El/la copiloto
Co-pilot
Declarar
To declare
Desabrocharse
To unfasten
Desembarcar
To disembark
El desembarque
Disembarking
Despegar
To take off
El despegue
Takeoff
La despresurización
Depressurization
El detector de metales
Metal detector
El edificio de la terminal
Terminal building
Embarcar
To board
To embark
El embarque
Boarding
Embarkation
El/la encargado/a del equipaje
Baggage handler
El equipaje
Baggage
Luggage
El equipaje de mano
Hand luggage
Carry-on luggage
El equipaje demasiado grande
Over-sized baggage
El equipaje facturado
Checked baggage
Checked luggage
La escala
Layover
Stopover
El exceso de equipaje

Excess baggage
El exceso de reservas
La sobreventa
Overbooking
La facturación
Check-in
La fila
Row
Facturar
To check in
El jet lag
Jet lag
El límite de equipaje
Baggage allowance
Las llegadas
Arrivals
La máscara de oxígeno
Oxygen mask
La mesita
Tray-table
El mostrador de facturación
Check-in desk
Objetos perdidos
Lost property
El/la oficial/a de aduana
Customs officer
El/la oficial/a de inmigración
Immigration officer
El pasaporte
Passport
El pasillo
Aisle
El/la piloto
Pilot
La pista de despegue
La pista de aterrizaje
Runaway
El portaequipaje
El compartimiento superior
Overhead locker
El precio del billete
El precio del pasaje
La tarifa aérea
Airfare
La presurización
Pressurization
La primera clase
First class
La puerta de embarque
Boarding gate
Las salidas
Departures
La salida de emergencia
Emergency exit
La tarjeta de embarque
El billete de avión
El pasaje
El pase de abordo
Boarding pass
Boarding card
La terminal
Terminal
La tienda libre de impuestos
Duty-Free Shop
Tocar tierra
Touch down
La torre de control
Control tower
La tripulación
Crew
El/la tripulante de cabina
El/la tripulante de pasajeros
Crew member
Crew cabin
La turbulencia
Turbulence
El vuelo directo
Direct flight
El vuelo de conexión
Connecting flight
La zona de pre-embarque
Departure lounge
La zona de recogida de equipajes
Baggage claim area
Baggage reclaim area

 

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