Emergencies do occur – If you found yourself witnessing or involved in one would You Know What To Do?
The 'standard' emergency number in Spain is 112 . Not 999 or 911 .
An alternative for Guarda Civil (Local Police) only is 602 .
In addition to knowing what numbers to dial – you need to know what to say.
The sections below show some useful words & phrases – the English version shown in italics while the Spanish version is shown normal.
If you have a specific medical condition I would strongly recommend that you research, translate it and add it to this list.
Note: Due to platform constraints not all of the syntax of the Spanish versions of the words can be produced.
GENERAL WORDS AND INSTRUCTIONS
Help! ==> Socorro!
Fire! ==> Fuego!
Bomb! ==> Bomba!
Run! ==> Corre!
Stop! ==> Para!
Look out! ==> Cuidado!
Get down! ==> Al suelo!
Danger! ==> Peligro!
Rape! ==> Violacia!
I am injured ==> Estoy herido
I feel ill ==> Me siento mal
Please call an ambulance ==> Llame una ambulancia por favor
I have an allergy to (eg penicillin) ==> Tengo alergia a (la penicilina)
I have problems with (eg my heart) ==> Tengo problemas de (corazon)
I need my medication ==> Necesito mis medicamentos
Do you speak English? ==> Habla ingles?
I need … ==> Necesito …
… an ambulance ==> … una ambulancia
… a hospital ==> … un hospital
… to go to the accident and emergency unit ==> … ir a urgencias
… a doctor ==> … un doctor
… the police ==> … la policia
… the fire service ==> … los bomberos
… a pharmacy ==> … una farmacia
I need to report a crime ==> Tengo que hacer una denuncia
Can I use your phone please? ==> Me permite usar su telefono por favor?
It is an emergency ==> Es una emergencia
I have been robbed ==> Me han robado
I have been attacked ==> Me han atacado
I have been raped ==> Me han violado
There has been an accident ==> Ha habido un accidente
I have lost my money and passport ==> He perdido mi dinero y pasaporte
I do not have any identification ==> No tengo identificacion
Drive safely ==> Conduzca con seguridad
Fasten your seatbelt ==> Abrechese el cinturon de seguridad
Wear a helmet ==> Use casco
Drink sensibly ==> Beba con moderacion
Not drinking water ==> Agua no potable
Keep your belongings safe / in sight ==> Mantenga sus pertenencias a la vista
Do not enter ==> No entrar
Do not swim / dive ==> No nadar / No tirarse al agua
Please ==> Por favor
Thank you ==> Gracias
Of course it is fine having a list of Spanish words and phrases to use should an energency occur – but to be understood in Spain you must have some idea of how to pronounce these words. This is beyond the scope of this article – follow the link in the resource box for more help with this.