Spanish words to use in an emergency

One thing that is pretty important when you live in or travel Colombia a is knowing some basic Spanish before you go, if only enough to get you out of a pickle while you’re there.

The first time I travelled to Colombia I accidentally locked myself in a bathroom (the lock was damaged) and I was unable to get out. I didn’t know how to say “Help!” and I only barely knew how to introduce myself and say hello.

The only word I could remember while I was wondering how I was going to get myself out of that situation was “Door” and “Please” and after a good 15 minutes of shouting “La puerta, por favor!” someone eventually came to my aid and opened the door.

Thank goodness!

So, with that in mind, here are a few words Spanish phrases to use in an emergency that are sure to come in handy if you find yourself in a difficult situation while you travel Colombia.

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What other words and phrases can you think of that would help in an emergency? Share them with us in the comments section below.