​​How to Say Please in Spanish: 6 Easy Phrases

Person holding a crumpled note with the phrase Please in Spanish: Por favor

If you’re planning to go to a Spanish-speaking country, showing good manners by saying please in Spanish is something you might want to know how to do.

Why?

There are so many scenarios where you’ll need to use this very useful phrase.

In fact:

if you’re looking to learn some contexts, a few examples of common phrases that feature the Spanish equivalent to ‘please’ you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I will give you 6 variations of please in Spanish to help you prepare for a polite conversation with native Spanish speakers—in any context.

Ready to begin?

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How do we say “Please” in Spanish and how is it pronounced?

Lady teaching her pet cat how to say Please in Spanish before she hands over the item

To say “Please” in Spanish you want to use the phrase: “Por favor.”

To pronounce it, you’ll need to remember that the v sound in the English word “favor” sounds a lot like the plosive b sound in English.

Keep in mind:

The “r” sounds are also not trilled or rolled. It’s more of a softer roll.

Here’s a phonetic (IPA) breakdown that might help: /poɾ faˈboɾ/

Simply put:

Using the word please in Spanish makes your requests more polite, especially when asking for help or a favor. Of course, it can also be used to emphasize a demand. 

When is the Spanish phrase “Por Favor” used?

Like ‘please’ in English, you typically use the Spanish phrase “por favor” when we’re asking for something or soliciting a request.

Not only that:

You’ll hear exasperated Spanish language teachers in Spanish classes using the phrase Por favor when requesting their students to stop talking. 

Here are some examples:

  • Por favor no te preocupes. Te ayudaré a encontrarlo.
    Please don’t worry. I’ll help you find it.
  • ¡Silencio, por favor!
    Quiet, please.

Other Ways to Say Porfavor in Spanish

Teenage girl asking her mom for a present by using the Please in Spanish phrase: Porfa

In addition to “Por favor” which translates to please in English, you may wish to go a little deeper with your Spanish by learning alternatives to saying please in Spanish.

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1. Porfa – Please in Spanish Slang

The shorter, informal version of please in Spanish is: “Porfa” 

Now, the word “porfa” isn’t just like contracting the word cannot to can’t. Its meaning can change a little to sound more informal or even whiny sometimes.

Here’s the deal:

It also depends on the country or region where you plan to say “Porfa”. In some places, it is just a shorter form of “Por favor.”

2. Porfi – Pretty Please in Spanish

To say pretty please in Spanish, you would say:  “Porfi.” 

Typically, this phrase is used to beg or cajole someone into doing something.

As you can imagine, saying “porfi” is rather casual.

By the way:

Be certain you know whoever you’re talking to well. You’ll also hear children use it towards their parents.

3. Hazme el favor de – Do me a favor in Spanish

Rather than say please in Spanish, it sometimes makes more sense to ask for someone to do you the favor of (doing something).

In Spanish, this is “hacer el favor de.”

In fact:

Asking someone to “do you the favor of” doesn’t have quite the same connotation as in English. In English, doing someone a favor brings with it the feeling of having to pay someone back.

In Spanish, it’s much more akin to please when asking someone to act kindly or accommodate or perform something favorably.

Keep in mind: 

This phrase works well in formal situations, but equally as well in conversations with friends.

4. Agradecer – To Appreciate in Spanish

“Agradecer” means to appreciate in Spanish.

You often use this word to show your gratitude after someone has done something nice for you.

Case in point:

You can also say “Agradecer” when politely requesting something. This softens your request a bit, emphasizing how much it would mean to you personally if someone would do a certain action for you.

Saying you’d appreciate someone’s (future) actions is appropriate in both casual and formal settings. For example:

  • Te agradecería que apagaras la música. (Casual)
    I’d appreciate it if you would turn off the music.

5. Seria genial si – It would be great if, in Spanish

Saying, it would be great if someone takes a certain action is another way to make a request or demand less directly in Spanish.

Here’s the deal:

To say, It would be great if you (did something), you say: “Sería genial si (hicieras algo).”

This phrase is appropriate in both casual and formal settings.

  • Sería genial si pudieras recoger la cena de esta noche. (Casual)
    It would be great if you could pick up tonight’s dinner.

6. Si No Te Importa – If you don’t mind in Spanish

Here’s another good one: “Saying si no te importa” means if you don’t mind in Spanish. 

In fact:

You can use this phrase similarly to how you’d use please in Spanish when asking someone to do something.

Why:

It simply softens your request and gives whoever is on the receiving end a sense that you care about their feelings toward said request.

Case in point:

Saying if you don’t mind is appropriate in both casual and formal settings. You can also say si no te molesta (if it doesn’t bother you) or te molestaería (do you mind).

  • ¿Si no te molesta la compañía, puedo ir contigo? (casual)
    If you don’t mind the company, can I go with you?

Other Common Spanish Phrases Used When Someone Replies to a “Por Favor”

A whole family reunited at a restaurant and learning how to say Please in Spanish and other phrases.

So, the phrase “Por favor” is important, but there are also other phrases and vocabulary like muchas gracias that you might hear used alongside the Spanish word for “Please”.

Such as

“Muchas gracias” literally translates to English as ‘many thanks’ and means ‘thanks a lot’.

To make a good impression, you should always say “Muchas gracias”, or “Gracias” when someone has helped you out with your favor.

Some of the other Spanish phrases related to “Por favor” are:

  • De nada and
  • Sin problema

The good news?

Both of the above phrases are used when someone is happily obliged to help you out!

They mean “it was nothing” and “no problem”, respectively.

Here are some more words that are often used in the same context as “Por favor”, the Spanish for please.

  • Gracias – Thank you
  • De nada – You’re welcome
  • Muchas gracias – Thank you very much
  • No pasa nada – No problem
  • Sin problema – No problem
  • Agradar – to please, to be pleasing to
  • Complacer – to please (satisfy)
  • Contentar – to please, to keep happy
  • Gustar – to like, to please
  • Satisfacer – to satisfy
  • Agradable – pleasing
  • Como quieras – as you please
  • Con mucho gusto – with much pleasure
  • Mucho gusto – pleased to meet you

Final Words on How to Say Please in Spanish

A picture of the phrase Please that when translated becomes Por favor in Spanish

If you came to this article wondering, What is “Please” in Spanish, I hope you found everything you needed and then some in this post.

As one of the most common words in Spanish, you’ll need to know how to say in Spanish please when visiting a Spanish-speaking country more times than you think.

Just before we wrap up,

Did you notice how the Spanish phrase “Por favor” contains the English word “Favor”?

In fact:

This is the easiest way to memorize it. To remember it, just think that when you want someone to do you a favor, the word you’re looking for in Spanish contains the word “Favor”, and you’ll need to use the phrase to be polite.

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