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In today’s lesson, we’ll introduce you to a phrase that you’ll need if you plan on visiting a friend’s home when in Spain.
Today, we will provide you with the phrases needed to get inside and the replies you can expect to hear.
In Spanish, “May I come in?” is ¿Se puede pasar?
¿Se puede pasar?
Let’s break it down by syllable: ¿Se pue-de pa-sar?
Now, let’s hear it once again, ¿Se puede pasar?
The first words, se puede, mean “it is allowed.”
Let’s break down these words and hear them one more time: se puede.
And se puede.
This is followed by pasar, which in Spanish is “to come in.”
Let’s break it down by syllable: pa-sar.
And once again, pasar.
Hopefully, after using this phrase, you will be invited in. If not, it may be time to make some new friends.
In Spanish, “Please come in” is Adelante.
Let’s break it down by syllable: A-de-lan-te.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Adelante.
The previous phrases, ¿Se puede pasar? “May I come in?” and Adelante “Please come in” are used when entering any house or room in which a door is not locked and you don’t need to ring, but can get by with a knock on the door.
You will probably knock on the door of the room, where you may expect that someone is waiting for you or anybody else and then say, ¿Se puede pasar? And then, the other party will say, Adelante.
You will open the door, enter, and probably start with one of the following greetings:
Buenos días
Buenas tardes
Or, buenas noches
Depending on the time.
These phrases, however, won’t be used if you need to ring the bell of the house. In this situation, the person you are visiting will answer from behind the door or at the entry phone with ¿Quién es? which literally means “Who is?”
One more time, ¿Quién es?
Then you should answer saying who you are.
As an example, I would say: Soy David which literally means “I am David.”
Once again, Soy David.
Then, the other party would open the door letting you get in.
In many households, it’s really a good idea to get a gift for your home visit. Anything will do. Usually, something small as a token of your appreciation.
In Spanish, this is just a small gift is Es solo un detalle.
Es solo un detalle.
Let’s break it down by syllable: Es so-lo un de-ta-lle.
Now, let’s hear it once again, Es solo un detalle.
The first word, es, means “it is.”
Then we have solo, which means “just.”
Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time: so-lo.
And solo.
This is followed by un, which is the indefinite article “a” for masculine singular.
Finally, we have detalle, which in Spanish is “small gift.”
Let’s break it down by syllable: de-ta-lle.
And detalle.


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.
Okay, here we go!
“May I come in?” - ¿Se puede pasar?
¿Se puede pasar?
¿Se puede pasar?
“Please come in.” - Adelante.
“Who’s calling?” - ¿Quién es?
¿Quién es?
¿Quién es?
“It's David.” - Soy David.
Soy David.
Soy David.
“This is just a small gift.” - Es solo un detalle.
Es solo un detalle.
Es solo un detalle.