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Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 12: Where Is the Bathroom? in Mexican Spanish
In this lesson, we’ll cover an extremely important phrase - “Where is the bathroom?”
In Spanish “Where is the bathroom?” is
¿En dónde está el baño? You can use this expression when you are invited to someone’s home, or when you are in a restaurant, mall, or any other commercial establishment.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño?
Once more:
¿En dónde está el baño?
Let’s take a closer look at that. The first two words, En dónde, mean “where.”
(slow) En dón-de.
En dónde.
This is followed by está, which is a present tense form of the verb “to stay” or "to be located."
(slow) Es-tá.
Está.
And last we have el baño. That means “the bathroom.”
(slow) El ba-ño.
El baño.
Let’s hear the whole question one more time.
(slow) ¿En dónde está el baño?
¿En dónde está el baño?
If you are looking for the ladies’ room, just take the phrase we just learned ¿En dónde está el baño? and add at the end the phrase de mujeres. It will sound like this:
¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño de mu-je-res?
Once more:
¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
De mujeres means "of ladies’"
(slow) de mu-je-res.
De mujeres.
Let’s repeat the whole question.
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño de mu-je-res?
Once more:
¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
If you are looking for the mens’ room, just replace the words de mujeres which mean “of ladies’” with de hombres meaning “of men’s”.
(slow) de hom-bres.
De hombres.
So the sentence will be:
¿En dónde está el baño de hombres?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño de hom-bres?
Once more:
¿En dónde está el baño de hombres?
Let’s hear both of the sentences one more time:
¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
¿En dónde está el baño de hombres?
There might be restrooms in Mexico where words are written on the doors. In this case, all you have to do is read the words. Let’s learn them.
The word Mujeres or Señoras indicates “women.”
(slow) Mu-je-res.
Mujeres.
(slow) Se-ño-ras.
Señoras.
The word Hombres, or Señores, is for “men”.
(slow) Hom-bres.
Hombres.
(slow) Se-ño-res.
Señores.
In Mexico, it may not be always simple to find a bathroom. Especially if you are on the street you will definitely want to ask “Where is the nearest toilet?” In Spanish that is translated as:
¿En dónde está el baño más cercano?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño más cer-ca-no?
Once more:
¿En dónde está el baño más cercano?
The new words in this sentence are más cercano which is translated in English as “nearest” or "closest".
(slow) más cer-ca-no.
Más cercano.
Let’s hear the whole sentence again.
¿En dónde está el baño más cercano?
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“Where is the bathroom?”
(3 sec) ¿En dónde está el baño?
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño?
¿En dónde está el baño?
“Where is the ladies’ room?”
(3 sec) ¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño de mu-je-res?
¿En dónde está el baño de mujeres?
“Where is the men’s room?”
(3 sec) ¿En dónde está el baño de hombres?
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño de hom-bres?
¿En dónde está el baño de hombres?
“Women's”
(3 sec) Mujeres.
(slow) Mu-je-res.
Mujeres.
(3 sec) Señoras.
(slow) Se-ño-ras.
Señoras.
“Men's”
(3 sec) Hombres.
(slow) Hom-bres.
Hombres.
(3 sec) Señores.
(slow) Se-ño-res.
Señores.
“Where is the nearest toilet?”
(3 sec) ¿En dónde está el baño más cercano?
(slow) ¿En dón-de es-tá el ba-ño más cer-ca-no?
¿En dónde está el baño más cercano?
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! How do you say "bathroom" in Spanish? Do you know any synonym? 

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Hi Goo,


Thank you for posting.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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goo
Saturday at 02:18 AM
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In Mexico in the city I lived you paid to use the public bathroom and they gave you 4 squares of toilet paper.

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Hola Eric,


Thank you for your comment.

Yes, it's normal you just need to practice your listening skills. You recommend watching lots of TV in Spanish.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

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Eric Auzenne
Wednesday at 08:24 AM
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I can understand it when I read it, but I can't pick up the words when they're spoken. Is that a common thing? I think it has to do with words like "donde esta", where in English you can't end with a vowel and start the next word with a vowel. The words seem to merge together.

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Hola Gloria,


Both have the same meaning!

Don't worry you can use both!


Saludos,

Carla

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Gloria
Tuesday at 05:13 PM
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En San Felipe, México, se dice “¿Dónde está el baño? en vez de ¿En dónde está el baño?


In San Felipe they say, “Where is the bathroom?” instead of “In where is the bathroom?”