Meeting and Greeting in Spanish: Spanish Lesson 1

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This is the first lesson in our beginner level Spanish course and we will look at meeting and greeting in Spanish. This course will be available free here on the blog and we will eventually progress from beginner level, to intermediate level, through to advanced level. There are so many good reasons to learn Spanish and our course will help you achieve your goals and have fun doing it!

In this Spanish Lesson 1 we will learn how to exchange basic pleasantries in Spanish, such as saying hello and goodbye, how to ask someone their name and how to state our own name, and how to ask someone how they are feeling and how to describe how we are feeling.

Firstly, let’s look at different ways to greet someone in Spanish:

Hola: Hello/Hi
Buenos días: Good morning
Buenas tardes: Good afternoon
Buenas noches: Good evening/night

Hola can be used at any time of the day. Spanish people usually eat between 2pm and 4pm so buenos días is used up until 2pm. After 2pm we use buenas tardes and buenas noches is used after around 9pm until we go to bed.

If you wish to say that you are pleased to meet someone, you can say:

Mucho gusto: Pleased to meet you
Encantado/a: Charmed (you will say Encantado if you are a man and Encantada if you are a woman)

To ask someone their name you can say:

¿Cómo te llamas?: How are you called?
¿Cual es tu nombre?: What is your name?

To respond we will say:

Soy…: I am…
Me llamo…: I am called…
Mi nombre es…: My name is…

To ask someone how they are you can say:

¿Qué tal?: How are you?
¿Cómo estás?: How are you?

There are many ways to respond. Here are some of the most useful:

Bien: Well
Todo bien: All is good
Muy bien: Very well
Como siempre: As always
Más o menos: Not bad
Mal: Bad

If you wish to ask the other person how they are, after they have just asked you, you can say:

¿Y tú?: And you?

When you want to say goodbye to someone in Spanish you can say:

Adiós: Goodbye
Chao: Bye
Hasta luego: See you later
Nos vemos: See you later
Hasta pronto: See you soon

That is all for this lesson about meeting and greeting in Spanish. In our next Spanish lesson we will look at countries and nationalities in Spanish, how to ask where someone is from and how to say where you are from, stating your nationality.

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