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Traveling by Bus in Mexico
The bus is an important means of transportation. In many Mexican cities, even big ones, we use buses almost as often as the subway, to cover both long and short distances. You can also travel by bus to different cities in Mexico. However, before starting your trip, you probably need to buy a ticket.
Before you buy a ticket, you’ll want to know how much it costs. In Spanish, “How much does the ticket cost?” is ¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto?
(slow) ¿Cu-án-to cu-es-ta el bo-le-to?
¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto?
Cuánto cuesta, as you learned before, means “how much does it cost”
(slow) Cu-án-to cu-es-ta.
Cuánto cuesta.
And el boleto means “the ticket”
(slow) el bo-le-to.
el boleto.
Once again, altogether it is:
¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto?
In case you need to be more specific, ask:
¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto de autobús?
“How much does the bus ticket cost?”
Let’s hear it again:
(slow) ¿Cu-án-to cu-es-ta el bo-le-to de au-to-bús?
¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto de autobús?
All we did was add de autobús at the end.
De means “of” and autobús means “bus”
Let’s hear the two words again:
(slow) De.
(slow) Au-to-bús.
When you’re ready to buy a ticket, you can say:
Un boleto, por favor.
This means “one ticket, please”.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Un bo-le-to, por fa-vor.
Once more:
Un boleto, por favor.
First we have un, which means “one.”
Next comes boleto, translated as “ticket.”
Don’t forget to add por favor for “please” at the end!
So the whole request (“One ticket, please”) is
Un boleto, por favor.
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.
“How much does the ticket cost?” - ¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto?
“How much does the bus ticket cost?” - ¿Cuánto cuesta el boleto de autobús?
"One ticket, please." - Un boleto, por favor.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Hasta luego.