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In today’s lesson, we’ll learn about a place crucial to the travel to the modern age, the internet cafe. It’s always great to be able to access the internet to tell your friends and families about your travels.
In Spanish, Internet cafe is most commonly called Cibercafe.
Once again, Cibercafe.
There are many of them located throughout the cities, so finding one should be no problem. However, I will guide you through the internet cafe experience, so that things go smoothly once you are inside.
When you walk into the store, approach to the reception desk and tell them what you are here for. Just say, Internet por favor, which means “Internet, please.”
Internet por favor.
Notice that despite it’s an English word, internet, it’s pronounced a bit different, internet.
Then you will probably be asked, ¿Cuánto tiempo? which means “How long?”
¿Cuánto tiempo?
The first word, cuánto, means “how much.”
Let’s break it down by syllable: cuán-to.
One more time, cuánto.
Then we have tiempo, which means “time.”
Syllable breakdown: tiem-po.
And one more time, tiempo
So all together we have, ¿Cuánto tiempo? which literally means “How much time?” and should be understood as “How long?” You should answer with the time you want to use the internet access.
The word for “hour” in Spanish is hora.
So, to say how long you will use the computer, you just need to say the number of hours and hora. Let’s see some examples.
half an hour - media hora
media hora
one hour - una hora
una hora
one hour and a half - una hora y media
una hora y media
two hours - dos horas
dos horas
So now, the receptionist will activate one of the computers for you. You will be told which is your computer and you will be directed to it. Most likely, you will see a clock on your screen showing you how much time is left. When this countdown reaches zero, your time will be over. Before reaching zero, there will be some messages saying there are 10 or 5 minutes left. If your time runs down and you need more time, then walk to the desk and ask for more time. The easiest way to build this phrase is adding más which means more at the end of the phrase we have already covered for saying, “How much time you want?”
Let’s see some examples:
“Half an hour more.” - Media hora más.
Media hora más.
“One more hour.” - Una hora más.
Una hora más.
Another system critical question for all you laptop-packing world trekkers is, “Does this store have WiFi?”
In Spanish, “Does this store have WiFi?” is ¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
Let’s break it down by syllable: ¿Te-néis Wi-Fi?
Now, let’s hear it once again, ¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
The first word “tienes” means “you have.”
Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time: tie-nes.
And tienes.
This is followed by WiFi, which is how we pronounce WiFi.
So all together, we have ¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
And finally, here is one more phrase that might prove useful:
“Password and username, please.”
In Spanish, “Password and username, please” is Usuario y contraseña.
Usuario y contraseña.
Let’s break it down by syllable: U-sua-rio y con-tra-se-ña.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Usuario y contraseña.
The first word, usuario means “username.”
Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time: u-sua-rio.
And usuario.
Then we have y which is “and.”
This is followed by contraseña, which in Spanish is “password.”
And one more time, contraseña.
So all together, we have Usuario y contraseña, por favor. Literally, this means “Username and password, please.” Since it’s in America where most advances in computers have occurred, the English word for most computer concepts have been adapted by Spanish people, so you should have no problem in making them understand. But if you don’t, try Spanish accent for the word.
I’ll give you some more examples of English words commonly understood, but with the Spanish accent or pronunciation.
“internet” - internet
“log in” - log in
“password” - password
“PC” - PC
“Google” - “Google”


Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for saying it aloud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so buena suerte, that means “good luck” in Spanish.
Ok, here we go!
“Internet, please.” - Internet por favor.
Internet por favor.
Internet por favor.
“How long?” - ¿Cuánto tiempo?
¿Cuánto tiempo?
¿Cuánto tiempo?
“One more hour.” - Una hora más.
Una hora más.
Una hora más.
“Does this store have Wi-Fi?” - ¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?
¿Tenéis Wi-Fi?