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Spanish friendliness

Hello. Are Spanish friendly? Can I speak English to anyone on the street???

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Hi, yes most people you meet are friendly, the same I suppose as anywhere in the World, if you are friendly and happy then most people reciprocate. Many Spanish people speak good English, however be prepared to learn a few basic words.
As an Italian living in Spain for a few years, I can tell you that Spanish are in general very friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, most of them have an innate adversion for foreign languages and think that all the world should speak Spanish. So, I am afraid that your English will not be very useful here, unless you visit tourist spots in the south Costa de Sol, the only place in Spain where you can very easily find English speaking people from most of northern Europe and Britain in particular. Enjoy your stay and don't forget your dictionary. Bye!
I agree with Mike, it all depends on your own attitude. The Spanish are in general very friendly, and very willing to try to understand even if they don't speak other languages. Try to learn some Spanish words that are useful before you arrive! Kind regards
Hi. well yes, I think Spanish people is very friendly!! and most young people know English and if they don't they'll try to help you the best they can... of course if you're lucky!! Not all the people is the same, but I don't think you'll have any trouble!
Hi. well yes, I think Spanish people is very friendly!! and most young people know English and if they don't they'll try to help you the best they can... of course if you're lucky!! Not all the people is the same, but I don't think you'll have any trouble!
Im Madrid outside the hotels and tourist rest/bars (english menu´s) not many speak english but they will try there best to help when asked. On foot very friendly, in a car complete animals....but then most large city drivers are that way.
Hola :) What do you mean by in the car complete animals??
I should tell you, most of the spanish you meet are friendly, but with languages...it's very dificult to find people that you can easily speak on the street.
:-P
Spaniards have the reputation of being very friendly, but are not however great linguists. Things are changing in both directions and you will find that anyone under twenty five has some English due to things like internet chats and a general greater interest. In the big cities it can sometimes appear that people are not quite so friendly nowadays because they are busy and do not have lot of time to waste. Please learn a few basic phrases in Spanish and Smile! Anywhere in the world, if you appear friendly, people are friendly back. ¡Suerte! (good luck)
Yes, Spanish people is very friendly!!! No everyboy speak english but I'm sure that if you speak with young people almost speak english and they can help you without problem.
The story is a little bit different in Tenerife. Although the main income is tourism, the locals don't really speak any language. They come across very arrogant to non-spanish speakers. However, if you try a few words and at least say "por favor" and "Hola" (please and hello) then they will try to understand.

In the non-tourist areas, the people do not speak any language, but they are very,very friendly.
Hiya,
...depends where you go - ignorancy and bad education are big factors here, some are friendly others are very uptied and call any tourist names.
anyway - have a nice trip
Joe
Spanish people are known to be friendly, although this is more ore less true depending on the area aswell. In the North, the Barcelona area for instance, it's said to be harder to get people really open to you (but when we open, it's for life!). The South, Andalusia for instance, is famous to be really open and party-lovers.

It also depends a lot on the situation, and your social skills: non verbal communication, smiles, behaviour... the more charming you are, the friendlie people will be to you!

As for English speaking, elderly people won't have a clue of what you are telling them, people in their 40-50 it depends a lot (the more educated and wealthy they look, the more chances you'll have they understand you), and I agree that most people under 30 will be able to at least communicate at a basic level.

In big cities and tourist areas (as well as Irish pubs), it's easy to find people that speaks English, but out of the beatten path it all relies on your luck.

If you try to say a few words in Spanish, that'll be a bonus to get them helping you. Hola = Hello, Perdón = Excuse me, Gracias = Thank you, Adiós = Good bye.

And in Catalonia, if you try to speak Catalan, the local language, they'll be even more pleased (as long as you aren't addressing an inmigrant such an Andalusian taxi driver or a South-American waiter...). Some words are pretty similar to Spanish: Hola = Hello, Perdó = Excuse me, Gràcies = Thank you, Adéu = Good bye.
Hi, well, it defnitely depends on where you are. In Madrid not very many people speak english, not even at the airport! So I strongly recommend you learn at least the basics of spanish, and you will get a lot further and people will be much friendlier to you! It is defnitely a big NO NO coming here with the typical english speaking mentality "everybody speaks my language", because this isn't the case here! And you will also see that people are a lot friendlier as soon as they see you are making an effort to speak their language! But this actually is an overall travel typ: learn at least the basics of the language of every country you go to, and you will have fantastic experiences!!
Hi, well, it defnitely depends on where you are. In Madrid not very many people speak english, not even at the airport! So I strongly recommend you learn at least the basics of spanish, and you will get a lot further and people will be much friendlier to you! It is defnitely a big NO NO coming here with the typical english speaking mentality "everybody speaks my language", because this isn't the case here! And you will also see that people are a lot friendlier as soon as they see you are making an effort to speak their language! But this actually is an overall travel typ: learn at least the basics of the language of every country you go to, and you will have fantastic experiences!!
Hi, As you will have read from all of the very helpful replies to your question the Spanish are a very friendly nation in general and will try and make you feel welcome no matter where you are from: however whether you can speak English to 'the man on the street' really depends on where you are. For example if you are visiting some of the more touristic destinations Costa del sol, some parts of the Costa Brava and the big sights in Spain, then undoubtedly you will be able to get away with some English. This will make your experience very one dimensional and probably lead to the trip being much more expensive.
My advice to you is plan your trip carefully and try to speak as much Spanish as you can, even in Catalonia or the Basque country people will realise that you're not Spanish and try to communicate in what you know.
GIVE THE SPANISH A GO, it will make your trip 100% more enjoyable and real.
Have fun and good luck.
In general the Spanish are friendly and open with tourists, apparently at least. This obviously varies from region to region, but people are normally quite nice.

People are normally much more readily available to help if they see that you are at least trying to make an effort to speak in spanish, you'll find anything from someone suddelny switching into perfect english, to people using all sorts of sign-language and even drawing pictures to get the message accross.

People are helpfull and nice.

If you go to a remote spanish region learn a couple of basics, such as numbers, usefull words like pharmacy, bank, supermarket, doctor, bus station, phone boc, etc. A little will take you a long way, and with any decent phrasebook you can get by.

In tourist regions people generally speak some english, but remember that the english that is taught in schools in the spanish public system is lightyears behind the rest of northen europe, so really the grammar is very good, but their ability to produce oral language and to understand people speaking is quite defficient. Be patient and repeat things slowly, remember to use the same words at least twice when you repeat something before changing word, and keep a normal tone and volume, shouting never helps people understant :) Sometimes people just didn't hear you correcly and therefore didn't understand you, so don't be afraid or embarrassed to repeat yourself either in what little spanish you know or in english.

Good luck and have a great trip!

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