The most helpful question for second language learners

Updated: Jan 18


Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Spanish speaker, there will be a time when you will need help translating a word from English to Spanish. So here is one essential phrase you can use to ask for assistance with a translation.

“¿Cómo se dice ___ en español? can be used to ask “How do you say ___ in Spanish?”.

If I had to pick one phrase to learn and use in my interactions, this would be it!

As you ask, you can gesture to an object, pull up a picture on your phone, or say the word in English while you ask for help!

Click here to learn how to pronounce this phrase!

Examples of the question in use in different contexts:

¿Cómo se dice animal que dice mu en español?

¿Cómo se dice the house en español?

¿Cómo se dice (picture of toy) en espanol?

¿Cómo se dice (point to object) en espanol?

Maybe you are thinking, “¿cómo se dice ___ en español?” and can look up the word on your own. Check out some of my favorite English Spanish online dictionaries in the list below.

Here are some of our favorite online Spanish-English dictionaries:


Deepl translator

Spanish Dictionary

Word Reference


¡Hasta luego!


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