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Spanish Greetings with Pronunciation

Below you will learn basic greetings, introductions and common expressions useful when you want to greet or to start a conversation in Spanish. In almost all the lessons provided by you will find pronunciation tips and examples. Only this way we think the learning process is faster and easier for all the learners. What do you think about our lessons? Leave us a message through our contact page.

Spanish Greetings

If you want to say Hello in the formal way, try to use the Spanish equivalent of Good evening or Good day, depending on the time of the day. Note! If you want to be formal in a conversation with a Spanish speaker use the word usted (the equivalent of you) instead of (the more casual way to say you). Now, let's learn how to say Hello, Goodbye, Thank you and You’re welcome in Spanish. The greetings and goodbyes found below are used formal and / or informal.

English Spanish Pronunciation
Hello / Hi Hola ola
Good day Buenos días boo-ehnos deeahs
Good evening Buenas tardes boo-ehnas tar-days
Good night Buenas noches boo-ehnas noches
Welcome Bienvenido bee-ehn-behneedo
A warm welcome Una calurosa bienvenida oona ka-loo-rohsa byehn-behneeda
Goodbye / Bye Adiós adios
See you later Hasta luego asta looaygo
See you soon Hasta pronto asta pronto
See you tomorrow Hasta mañana asta mah-neeeah-nah
Thank you Gracias gracias
Thank you very much Muchas gracias moochas gracias
You’re welcome De nada deh nah-dah

How are you? in Spanish - Ask & respond

Sometimes asking a question like How are you? is a way of saying Hello!, the same pleasantries are found between Spanish speakers.

English Spanish Pronunciation
How's it going? ¿Cómo te va? ko-moh teh vah
How's it going? / What’s up? ¿Qué hay? queh aee
How are you? ¿Cómo estás? ko-moh estahs
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted? (formal) ko-moh estah oostehd

There are many possible responses to give when someone asks you How are you?, below we have listed some of the most popular answers translated in Spanish.

English Spanish Pronunciation
I'm fine, thank you. Bien, gracias. byehn, gracias
Very well, thank you. Muy bien, gracias mooee byehn, gracias
I'm so-so Más o menos. mahs oh meh-nohs
Not well Mal mahl

After you answer, it is customary to ask how the other person is doing. You can do this easily by saying ¿Y tú? (And you?) if is a casual meeting or ¿Y usted? (And you?) if you want to be formal.

How to make introductions in Spanish

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions and knowing the proper way to make introductions in a particular language can help you make a good first impression.

English Spanish Pronunciation
What is your name? Cuál es tu nombre? kwahl ays too nom-bray
What is your last name? Cuál es tu apellido? kwahl ays too ah-pay-eedoh
My name is... Mi nombre es... mee nom-bray ays
My name is... Me llamo... meh eeah-moh
Glad to meet you Encantado ayn-kan-ta-doh
Glad to meet you Encantado de conocerte ayn-kan-ta-doh dee coh-noh-cer-tee
Can you help me? Me puedes ayudar? meh poo-aydays ay-oodar
yes ; no sí ; no see ; no
I do not understand No lo entiendo no lo een-tee-ayn-doh
I do not speak Spanish Yo no hablo español yo no ablo espah-neeol
I do not speak well Spanish Yo no hablo bien español yo no ablo byehn espah-neeol
How to apologize in Spanish

Below you will study some common Spanish expressions of forgiveness useful for situations like squeezing through crowds, to more serious situations where a personal apology is necessary.

English Spanish Pronunciation
Excuse me Perdón pehr-don
Excuse me Discúlpeme dees-cool-pay-may
I apologize Me disculpo meh dees-cool-poh
I'm terribly sorry Lo lamento mucho loh lah-men-toh moo-cho
I owe you an apology Te debo una disculpa tay day-boh oo-nah dees-kool-pah
Please Por favor por fah-vor
Please accept my apology Por favor acepta mi disculpa por fah-vor asehpta mee dees-koolpa

Important! Because some Spanish sounds are not found in English we have tried to come up with something that sounds similar, for this reason the pronunciation tips from above are simply informational and does not offer any guarantee.

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