Things to Know in Cuba

All Cubans speak Spanish, which is the official language. Many Cubans are also familiar with English, particularly those who work in resorts and tourist areas.

In Spanish, women are usually addressed as señora and men as señor. However, in Cuba, women may be addressed as compañera and men as compañero, which means “comrade.” It is common to shake hands when meeting someone and when saying goodbye. Men commonly exchange a hug (un abrazo) as a sign of affection. It is also common for men and women to greet friends and family with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.


English Spanish
Yes Si
No No
Please Por favor
Thank you very much Muchas gracias
You’re welcome De/Por nada
Hello Hola
What is your name? ¿Cuál es tu nombre?
My name is Mi nombre es
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted?
Very well Muy bien
Goodbye Adiós
See you later Hasta luego