Salutations / Saludos – Spanish Grammar

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Learn the Spansh salutations to make a good first impression!

In Spain, it is common (and more polite) to use greetings that go beyond just ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ unless you know a person really well and are just saying hello in passing. Spanish people use a variety of salutations, depending on the time of day, to greet each other. Here are some examples of the most common ones:

PERÍODO DEL DÍA

HORA SALUDO

Mañana / Morning

until 14h

Buenos días.

Tarde / Afternoon

until 21h

Buenas tardes.

Noche/ Night until 5h

Buenas noches.

Ex: Hola, buenos días. When you walk into a shop in the morning.

It’s also very common to ask how someone is doing when you greet them. Informally you would ask a friend, ¿Qué tal?, ¿Qué tal todo?, ¿Qué hay?, ¿Cómo vas?  (How are you?, How’s everything?, What’s up?, How are you doing) And more formally you would ask a stranger or a person you are meeting for the first time, ¿Cómo está/s? (How are you?).

To say goodbye, you can pick from any of these options:

Adiós
Hasta luego
Cuídate
Hasta la próxima
Hasta pronto
Hasta mañana
Que tenga/s un buen día
Me alegro de verte

Goodbye
Later – See you later
Take care
Until next time
See you soon
See you tomorrow
Have a nice day
I’m happy to see you

Even if you’re not really going to see someone later, any/all of these forms are correct. So it just depends on what mood you are in!

Here are some examples of small talk conversations:

INFORMAL

—¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?
—Bien, ¿y tú?
—Bien.
—Adiós.
—Hasta mañana.

—Buenas.
—¿Qué hay?
—Nada. ¿Y tú?
—Todo bien.
— Me alegro.
— Cuídate.

FORMAL

—Hola, buenos días, señor Sánchez.
—Buenos días, señora Durán.
—Buenos días, Sr. García.
— ¿Cómo está/s?
—Muy bien, ¿y tú/usted?
—Muy bien también, gracias.

—Me alegro de verte, señorita Rubio.
—Igualmente, señor Costa.
—Que tengas un buen día.
—Hasta pronto.

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