¡hola! or Spanish characters on a Mac keyboard

I am going to need to write some of this down before I forget: how to get Spanish characters on a Mac keyboard.

  • inverted exclamation mark (¡) — alt (*) + 1
  • inverted question mark (¿) — shift + alt (*) + ? (or /)

More probably to follow.

  • Also, the same applies as for the German or French characters (Umlaute or accents) — hold whatever character you need a, e, …, n, s or any other for a second and then you’ll get a list of options popping up, which you get select either with the mouse or the number keys from 1 to 9.

Here are some more things I will no-doubt forget:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

in Spanish is

Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, ocho, neuve, diez

Uno is the masculine form. The female form is una, as in:

una cerveza por favor

And por favor is —obviously— please.

Card in Spanish is tarjeta. So if you want to pay ‘by card’ in a supermarket (Supermercado) you say

¡con tarjeta por favor!


La tarjeta SIM prepago que compré ayer no funciona.

to say that the pre-paid SIM card you bought yesterday (ayer) does not work.

(*) alt or option or the bathtub as we used to call it.

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