• Spanish course for beginners
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  • 1 The alphabet in Spanish [0/1]
  • 2 Spanish pronunciation rules [0/3]
  • 3 Introduce yourself in Spanish [0/2]
  • 4 Greetings in Spanish [0/2]
  • 5 Telling the time in Spanish [0/1]
  • 6 Counting in Spanish [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in Spanish [0/4]
  • 8 Days and months in Spanish [0/4]
  • 9 Weather in Spanish [0/2]
  • 10 Emotions in Spanish [0/3]
  • 11 Needs and opinions in Spanish [0/2]
  • 12 Asking for directions in Spanish [0/2]
  • 13 Foods and drinks in Spanish [0/3]
  • 14 How to order food in Spanish [0/2]
  • 15 Body parts in Spanish [0/4]
  • 16 Clothes in Spanish [0/3]
  • 17 Family in Spanish [0/3]
  • 18 Birthday wishes and party words in Spanish [0/3]
  • 19 Hobbies in Spanish [0/3]
  • 20 Animal names in Spanish [0/2]
  • 21 Countries and nationalities in Spanish [0/3]
  • Greetings in Spanish

    The page is divided into three parts. First you can learn the most common ways to say "Hi" in Spanish. You could continue with the phrases for "How are you". And lastly situated is the "Goodbye" vocabulary. On the bottom of the reading you can see an example dialogue consistent only of greeting expressions. 

    Hello in Spanish - how to say "Hello"

    Take into account that in Spanish there is one greeting that includes "Good afternoon" and "Good evening" in one. Instead of two different phrases you just turn to speak "Buenas tardes" in both of the cases. 

    Spanish English
    ¡Hola! Hello!
    ¡Buenos días! Good morning!
    ¡Buenas tardes! Good afternoon!/Good evening!
    ¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone!
    ¡Hola a todo el mundo! Hello everybody!

     

    How are you in Spanish 

    Except of just saying "hi", it's important to query "How are you". 

    Spanish English
    ¿Cómo estás? How are you?
    ¿Qué tal? What´s up?
    ¿Cómo está (Usted)? (formal) How are you?
    ¿Qué pasa? What´s up?
    ¿Cómo estamos? (more informal) How are you?

     

    In Spanish culture it's not so common to begin to complain when someone ask you "How are you". You´d rather answer "Muy bien"

    Spanish English
    ¡Muy bien! Very well!
    ¡Estupendo! Great!
    ¡Perfecto! Perfect!
    Más o menos. So so. 
    No puedo quejarme. I cannot complain.

     

    Ways to say goodbye in Spanish

    You can use "Hasta luego" and "Hasta pronto" in case you will see the person soon and "Adiós" and "Hasta la vista" for a long-term separation. 

    Spanish English
    ¡Hasta luego! See you later!
    ¡Adiós! Goodbye!
    ¡Que tenga(s) buen día! ¡Que tenga(s) buena tarde! Have a nice day/afternoon!
    ¡Igualmente! Same to you!
    ¡Hasta la vista! Goodbye!
    ¡Hasta pronto! See you soon!
    ¡Un abrazo! A hug!

     

    Spanish dialogue with English translation

    Let´s represent a simple conversation, consistent only of greetings:

    Ramón: ¡Hola, Raul! Hello, Raul!

    Raul: ¡Buenos días, Ramón! Good morning, Ramon!

    Ramón: ¿Qué pasa? How is it going?

    Raul: Todo bien. Y tú, ¿Cómo estás? Everything's OK. What about you?

    Ramón: ¡Estupendo! I'm fine!

    Raul: Bueno, ¡que tengas un buen fin de semana! Great, have a nice weekend!

    Ramón¡Igualmente! Same to you!

    Congratulations! After this lesson you are supposed to be prepared to have a small talk in Spanish. Practice it here with the microphones, the exercises or go out and practice outside! Don´t forget the kisses and hugs as a considerable part of the greetings. ¡Vamos!

    ¡Un abrazo!

    Exercises

    Practice Spanish greetings: dialogue 1

    Practice greetings in Spanish: dialogue 2