How to Say Good Morning in Spanish

Four Methods:Basic "Good Morning"Greeting Specific PeopleOther Morning GreetingsCheat Sheet

In Spanish, "Buenos dias" is "Good morning." There are other ways of giving a morning greeting in Spanish. Here are the most common words used.

Method 1
Basic "Good Morning"

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    Greet someone with "buenos días."[1] This greeting is the standard, textbook way of saying “good morning” in Spanish, and you can use it in any Spanish-speaking country.
    • This phrase translates literally into "good days."
    • Buenos is a masculine plural form of the word "buen" or "bueno," literally meaning "good."
    • Días literally means "days." For this phrase, you must use the plural form of the word "día."
    • Since "días" is a masculine, plural noun, you must use the masculine, plural form of the adjective "buenos."[2]
    • Note that this saying does not change depending on how familiar you are with the person you greet. Since there is no verb, you do not need to worry about switching between formal and informal forms, nor do you need to worry about changing between singular and plural forms.
    • Pronounce buenos días as boo-eh-nohs dee-ahs.
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    Use "buen día" in certain contexts.[3] This greeting is strictly colloquial and only used in several Latin American countries, including Puerto Rico and Bolivia.
    • When used, this phrase is offered personally among friends or in other casual settings. It is usually used earlier in the morning rather than later.
    • Pronounce buen día as boo-ehn dee-ah.
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    Simply exclaim "¡buenas!"[4] While not strictly a morning greeting, this phrase is derived, in part, from "buenos días."
    • This greeting can be used at any time of day, including the morning.
    • Pronounce buenas as boo-eh-nahs.

Method 2
Greeting Specific People

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    Follow your greeting with "señor," "señora," or "señorita."[5] You can politely greet someone with "buenos días," followed by that person's appropriate title.
    • Señor means "sir" and can be used with any man. Pronounce the word as sehn-yor.
    • Señora means "ma'am" and should be used with married women. Pronounce the word as sehn-yor-ah.
    • Señorita means "miss" and should be used with unmarried women. Pronounce the word as sehn-yor-ee-tah.
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    Address a group with "muy buenos días a todos." When walking into a crowd or greeting an audience, you can use this phrase to address the entire group.
    • Note that this phrase is generally used by a speaker addressing an audience. Under most circumstances, when walking into a group of people in a casual, personal setting, you will be expected to greet each person individually.
    • Muy means “very.”
    • A todos means “to all.”
    • When put together, this greeting translates roughly into “a good morning to all!”
    • Pronounce this greeting as moo-ee boo-eh-nohs dee-ahs ah toh-dohs.

Method 3
Other Morning Greetings

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    Exclaim "¡arriba!"[6] This greeting is the rough equivalent of the English “rise and shine!”
    • Use this phrase to greet a child or loved one who is still sleeping in bed.
    • Translated literally, this phrase simply means “up!” The implication is that you are telling someone who is still asleep to get up.
    • Pronounce arriba as ah-rree-bah. The double “r” should be rolled.
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    Declare "ya amaneció." This is another greeting used to rouse someone out of bed when he or she is still asleep.
    • Ya means “already.”
    • Amaneció comes from the word "amanecer," meaning "to dawn."
    • Translated literally, the greeting means, "it has already dawned." The general message is that whoever is still in bed should wake up because the morning has already begun.
    • This phrase should be pronounced as jah ah-mahn-ay-cee-oh, remembering to emphasize the accented "o" appropriately.
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    Ask "¿Cómo amanecio usted?" This is a polite way of asking someone how his or her morning has been.
    • Cómo questions “how.”
    • Usted” is a formal way of saying “you.”
    • Amaneció stems from “amanecer,” meaning “to dawn.”
    • Translated literally, this phrase asks “how dawned you?” Essentially, the phrase is asking the listener how he or she felt that morning.
    • Pronounce the phrase as koh-moh ah-mahn-ay-cee-oh oos-tehd, remembering to emphasize the accented "o"'s appropriately.

Cheat Sheet

Sample Ways to Say Good Morning in Spanish

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