Signs in Spanish

Avoid embarrassment and frustration by learning how to recognize signs in Spanish – check out this free lesson! Learn these useful Spanish sign words and you’ll never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot!

Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Spanish word, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Spanish pronunciation and record yourself. You never know when you’ll need to ask if something is open or closed, or explain that something is out of order.

Signs in Spanish

Damas

Ladies

Caballeros

Gentlemen

Tirar

Pull

Empujar

Push

Ocupado

Busy

Libre

Free / Vacant

No Funciona / Fuera de Servicio

Out of order

Abierto

Open

Cerrado

Closed

Horas de Comercio

Opening hours

Prohibido Estacionarse

No parking

When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it right away it might pay to check the ‘expiration date’ to avoid any nasty surprises…

Fecha de consume preferente

Expiration date

Consumir preferentemente antes de…

Best before...

No smoking in Spanish

Most restaurants have a smoking and a non-smoking area. There is a big discussion in many Spanish-speaking countries at the moment over whether or not to ban smoking in public buildings altogether. In the meantime it might be helpful to learn what ¡Prohibido fumar! means.

Sección de fumar / Área de fumado

Smoking area

Sección de no fumar / Area de no fumado

Non-smoking area

¡Prohibido fumar!

No smoking!

Se ruega no fumar.

No smoking, please.

Sales in Spanish

Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…

Reducido

Reduced

Ganga / Baratillo / Compra Ventajosa / Pichincha

Bargain

Rebajas

Sales

Liquidación

Sale / Clearance

Finally, you always need to know the way out of a busy store…

Salida

Exit

No hay salida

No exit

Prohibido el paso

No entry

Privado

Private

Now it's time to 'exit' this lesson. I hope you had fun!

Here are a few recommended Spanish lessons to try next!

  • It's important to know that all words in Spanish have Spanish accents.
  • Pronouncing the  Spanish alphabet is one of the key building blocks to Spanish fluency!
  • Trying to pronounce some Spanish consonants can pose problems for English speakers. Let's give it a go!

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Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish


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