Living in Miami can be a wonderful, new adventure for some students. Since more than half of the Miami population is Latin, it can be hard to survive in the city if you don’t understand what people are saying. Here are some phrases to help you get around.
This phrase means, “what time is it?” This phrase is important to know so that you’re never late for an appointment or an interview.
This phrase is Spanglish but is commonly used in Miami by Latin-Americans. It means “okay, but...” and is used in normal conversation.
This phrase means, “where’s the party?” This one is important to know here in Miami, considering you plan to make the most of your time with some good ol’ fashioned recreation and Latin parties are the best.
This phrase means, “Let’s go to the beach.” The beaches are about 10 minutes from campus and you want to take advantage of the sun and sea.
This means “I don’t talk much Spanish, but I understand it.” This could be used anywhere where there are many Spanish speakers and you don’t want them to think you’re rude if you’re not as verbal.
This phrase means, “I’d like to take an Uber to *place name,* please.” This is important because you might be somewhere with only Spanish speakers and you may need help getting an Uber or Lyft.
This phrase means, “Where is the closest place to eat?” This phrase is especially important if you are not from the area and you want to find the neighborhood’s best kept secret in cuisine.
This phrase means, “I would like a strong coffee, please.” Being so busy in college and living in Miami, you’ll need to use this phrase. If you don’t now, you will soon.