Hello in Spanish
Ready to learn some different ways to say Hello in Spanish? This free audio lesson will add tons of useful ways that you can say Spanish “Hello’s” to your Spanish language survival kit.
You’ll learn how to say hello in Spanish for different times of day, and ask people how they are and what they’ve been up to.
Listen carefully to the audio, and the way the native Spanish speakers pronounce each Spanish word or phrase. Practice these Spanish hellos aloud until you feel confident, and then try them out on your friends!
Saying Hello in Spanish
As Latin American culture is quite formal, going through the ritual of saying hello in Spanish to another person is an important way of showing respect. In fact, in some parts of Latin America, you are expected to greet every person individually, even if they’re in a group. That means that if you’re walking along the road in a village and pass a group of five people, you’ll have to say, “Good morning,” five times!
a shortened version of the above three greetings, suitable anytime
A note about formal and informal SpanishSpanish has a formal (usted) and informal (tú and vos) way of speaking. Some students find it difficult to understand in which situations they would use “usted” or “tú/vos”. Here are some tips:
- In any social situation where you address a person as Mr. or Mrs. you should use the formal speech (usted). This includes most business encounters and whenever you are speaking to an older person.
- When speaking with children, or friends, the informal “tú” is appropriate.
How is it going? in SpanishAfter you greet someone, you’ll want to ask how they are or how’s it going. Here are some common questions that follow a greeting.
How are you? (used with friends or family)
¿Cómo está usted?
How are you? (more formal; used with strangers, more senior persons, etc.)
¿Cómo te va?
How’s it going?
¿Cómo has ido?
How’ve you been?
What are you doing?
What could you say if someone asks you one of the questions above?
Un poco cansado (for men)
A little tired.
Un poco cansada (for women)
A little tired.
Estoy enfermo (for men)
Estoy enferma (for women)
Más o menos.
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