Greetings in Spanish


Greetings in Spanish are pretty much alike many other languages, including English. Usually people will always say they’re fine if you are not well acquainted, even if they’re not ok. It is almost a cliché to start a conversation with anyone.

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EnglishSpanish – InformalSpanish – Formal
WelcomeBienvenido / a /
Hi, helloHola
Good morningBuenos días
Good afternoon/ Good eveningBuenas tardes
Good evening/ good nightBuenas noches
How are you?¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo está usted?
What’s up?¿Qué tal?
What’s up?¿Qué pasa … ?
Fine (thanks), and you?Bien (gracias), ¿y tú? Bien (gracias), ¿y usted?
Very wellMuy bien
I’m glad for youMe alegro
As usualComo siempre
As usualVoy tirando
So, soRegular / así, así /
So, soMás o menos
Not very wellNo muy bien
I’m sorry. May I help you?Lo siento. ¿Te puedo ayudar en algo? Lo siento. ¿Le puedo ayudar en algo?
Don’t worryNo te preocupes No se preocupe
What’s your name?¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo se llama (usted)?
My name is (Maria) And you?Me llamo (María) ¿y tú? Me llamo (María ¿y usted?
I’m (Maria)Soy (María) ¿y tú? Soy (María) ¿y usted?
Nice to meet youEncantado/ a de conocerte Encantado/ a de conocerle
Nice to greet youEncantado/ a de saludarte Encantado/ a de saludarle
Pleased (to meet you)Es un placer (conocerte) Es un placer (conocerle)
It was a pleasure (to meet you)Ha sido un placer (conocerte) Ha sido un placer (conocerle)
LikewiseLo mismo digo
Where are you from?¿De dónde eres? ¿De dónde es usted?
I’m from… (country)Soy de (Inglaterra)
I’m.. (nationality)Soy (inglesa)
Well, I have to goBueno, me tengo que ir
I have to leaveTengo que marcharme
okDe acuerdo / Vale /
See you!Nos vemos
ByeHasta luego
See you soonHasta pronto

Lesson Example: greetings

A dialogue with typical greetings:

  • Hola, ¿qué tal?
  • Bien, ¿y tú?
  • Muy bien
  • Me alegro
  • (…)
  • Bueno, me tengo que ir
  • De acuerdo. Nos vemos.
  • ¡Hasta luego!
  • ¡ Adiós !

Hasta luego, hasta pronto, hasta la vista, adiós

“Hasta pronto” means literally “see you soon”. You say it when you expect to see the other person in a short period of time, usually defined (for example, if you’ll meet again later in the day).

“Hasta la vista” means “so long”, and it’s used when you don’t know when you will meet the other person again.

The difference between “hasta luego” and “adiós” is less clear. Both refer to a short lack of time until the next meeting, but some people think that “hasta luego” is more polite. However, in Spain is very common to alternate both when leaving: if you say “hasta luego” the other will say “adiós” and vice-versa. It’s just a habit.

As you’ll see in future lessons, being polite in Spanish it’s many times not a matter of the words you say, but HOW you say them. A kind a sweet “adiós” will always sound more polite than a rude “hasta luego”.

¡Hasta pronto!

Exercise: Greetings in Spanish

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