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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 27: Other Transport Options in Mexico
In the previous lesson, we covered how to get on the subway. In Mexico City, there are other ways to travel comfortably for long distances inside of the city. The train, which is called tren ligero, and the electric bus, which is called trolebús, are the most common.
The tren ligero only has 18 stations, but it allows people to cross the south part of the city effectively, and you can transfer easily to the main subway lines.
You’ll ask for tren ligero tickets at a ticket office, or you can use the vending machines available in the stations.
Let’s say you want to go to Tasqueña, which is the main station of the tren ligero, since it is connected to the subway system, and to many bus lines.
You can say- “One ticket to Tasqueña, please.” In Spanish, that is
Un boleto para Tasqueña, por favor.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Un bo-le-to pa-ra Tas-que-ña, por fa-vor.
Once more:
Un boleto para Tasqueña, por favor.
If you’re not traveling on your own, you’ll need to ask for two tickets or more.
“Two tickets to Tasqueña, please,” is
Dos boletos para Tasqueña, por favor.
(slow) Dos bo-le-tos pa-ra Tas-que-ña, por favor.
Dos boletos para Tasqueña, por favor.
As you can see, instead of boleto I said the plural boletos. In this case, you just need to add an “s” to the end of the word.
Another public transportation method available in Mexico City is the electric bus, called trolebús. Using the trolebús, you can go to any part of Mexico City. You can get tickets in the ticket offices or in the vending machines.
In case you want to buy the ticket in the office, you can say “One ticket for the trolebús from (location) to (destination)”. Let’s say Un boleto para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro. That means, “One ticket for the trolebus from Portales Sur to Centro”.
(slow) Un bo-le-to pa-ra el tro-le-bús de Por-ta-les Sur a Cen-tro
Un boleto para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro.
Lets say that you are traveling with two more family members this time. You would need three tickets, so you would say “Three tickets for the trolebus from Portales Sur to Centro.” In Spanish, this is: Tres boletos para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro.
(slow) Tres bo-le-tos pa-ra el tro-le-bús de Por-ta-les Sur a Cen-tro
Tres boletos para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro.
As you can see, we replace un meaning “one” with tres meaning “three”.
And instead of boleto, we say the plural, boletos.
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.
“One ticket to Tasqueña, please.” - Un boleto para Tasqueña, por favor.
“Two tickets to Tasqueña, please.” - Dos boletos para Tasqueña, por favor.
“One ticket for the trolebus from Portales Sur to Centro.” - Un boleto para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro.
“Three tickets for the trolebus from Portales Sur to Centro.” - Tres boletos para el trolebús de Portales Sur a Centro.
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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Have you ever tried any of those transport means?