spanish greetings

Speaking the local language on your travels has many advantages; from ordering scrumptious food and making appropriate accommodation arrangements to connecting with interesting people and avoiding all kinds of trouble.

Now, do you have to become fluent in Spanish before you get on that plane? Not necessarily. But it would be ideal if you can grasp the very basics. Being able to converse in Spanish and use simple Spanish greetings is really a must for anyone who wants to fully immerse in the way of life of the country that is visiting.

For instance, if you travel through Mexico you will soon find that it is easy to talk to strangers as you wait in the line, make small talk with the taxi driver or even exchange food reviews with the people dining on the next table.

Moreover, Mexicans are very open and willing to share their feelings and opinions, including their religious beliefs, political views, not to mention sports. However, as in most nations, these are sensitive topics so it is advisable to steer clear of those kinds of conversations.

Visitors, who come from a cultural background where privacy is valued such as British customs, may notice that Mexicans have an inquisitive mindset and feel extremely comfortable whilst discussing their private lives. Nonetheless, if you are not comfortable with it, don´t hesitate in saying “I´d rather not discuss that right now”. Most people will understand.

The following phrases will help you to start a basic conversation in Spanish. Just remember that in Spanish greetings, particularly in México, there are two words (and styles) for “you”, the formal form translates as “usted” and the informal form as “tú”.

The formal form of Spanish is a show of respect and it is used to address the elderly, business associates, individuals higher in rank, strangers, parents-in-law, and those who work in customer service such as a waiter or concierge. On the other hand, the use of the informal version of “you” denotes closeness and confidence on behalf of the speaker.

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Spanish Greetings and Useful Phrases

Good morning Buenos días
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good night Buenas noches
Please Por favor
Thank you Gracias
You´re welcome De nada
Welcome Bienvenido
Hello Hola
What´s up? ¿Qué onda?
Hiya ¿Qué hay?
Pleasure Encantado/Encantada
Pleased to meet you Es un placer conocerte
It´s nice to meet you Me da mucho gusto conocerte
I have heard many things about you He escuchado mucho de ti
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
How have you been? ¿Cómo has estado?
What you´ve been up to? ¿Qué me cuentas?
How is everything going? ¿Cómo va todo?
I haven´t seen you for ages No te he visto en años
Fine thank you, and you? Muy bien gracias ¿y tú?
Not bad, and you? Todo bien ¿y tú?
I have been unwell No me he sentido muy bien
Nothing interesting Nada interesante
Likewise Igualmente
No No
Maybe Tal vez
I don´t know No lo sé
I´d rather not say Prefiero no decirlo
How do you do? Mucho gusto
How are you? ¿Cómo está?
How have you been? ¿Cómo le ha ido?
It´s nice to meet you Me da mucho gusto conocerlo/conocerla
I have heard many things about you He escuchado mucho de usted
Fine thank you, and you? Muy bien gracias ¿y usted?
Hello Bueno
Who is speaking? ¿Quién habla?
Is John in? ¿Se encuentra Juan?
Would you like to leave a message? ¿Quiere dejar un recado?
Can you please call later? ¿Gusta llamar más tarde?
May I leave a message? ¿Puedo dejar un mensaje?
Good bye Adiós
See you later Nos vemos al rato
See you tomorrow Nos vemos mañana
Good luck! Buena suerte
Have a good journey! Buen viaje/Buen camino
What do you think? ¿Qué opinas?
Do you like it? ¿Te gusta?
What do you say? ¿Tú qué dices?
Do you agree? ¿Estás de acuerdo?
What is your name? ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is Mi nombre es…
What is your phone number? ¿Cuál es tu teléfono?
What is your address? ¿Cuál es tu dirección?
How old are you? ¿Cuántos años tienes?
I am x years old Tengo x años
Where are you from? ¿De dónde eres?
I am from x Soy de…
Where do you live? ¿Dónde vives?
Do you live nearby? ¿Vives cerca?
I live in x Vivo en…
What do you do for a living? ¿A qué te dedicas?
I work in x Trabajo en…
Are you married? ¿Estás casado/casada?
Are you single? ¿Eres soltero/soltera?
Do you have children? ¿Tienes hijos?
Do you speak English? ¿Hablas inglés?
Do you speak another language other than x? ¿Hablas otro idioma además de…?
How much is this? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Can you please recommend a good restaurant? ¿Puedes por favor recomendarme un buen restaurante?
What is your favorite food? ¿Cuál es tu comida favorita?
My favorite food is… Mi comida favorita es…
How do you say x in Spanish? ¿Cómo dices x en español?
Would you like to grab a coffee? ¿Te gustaría ir a tomar un café?
Did you come on your own? ¿Vienes solo/sola?
What do you study? ¿Qué estudias?
Which school did you attend? ¿En qué escuela estudiaste?
What are your hobbies? ¿Cuáles son tus pasatiempos?
What sports do you like? ¿Qué deportes te gustan?
Do you have a business card? ¿Tienes una tarjeta de presentación?

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