How to Say Hello in Spanish

Four Methods:Saying Hello in SpanishGreeting People in Spanish by Time of DaySaying "How Are You?" as a GreetingSaying "Hi" in Different Countries

Saying hello in Spanish is easy and fun. Follow these tips and you'll be able to greet people in Spanish in no time.

Method 1
Saying Hello in Spanish

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    Say hello in Spanish. Here's how to say it:
    • "Hola."
    • Pronounce it "oh-la," remembering to keep the "h" silent.
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    Say hello in Spanish in a more casual way. While Spanish doesn't have equivalent words for "hi" or "hey," there are some ways to say hello more casually. Here are some ways to say it:
    • "¿Que pasa?" means "What's happening?"
    • "¿Qúe tal?" means "How's it going?" or "What's up?"
    • "¿Que hay?" means "What's new?"

Method 2
Greeting People in Spanish by Time of Day

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    Say "Good morning."
    • Say "Buenos días."
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    Say "Good afternoon."
    • Say "Buenas tardes."
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    Say "Good evening."
    • Say "Buenas noches."

Method 3
Saying "How Are You?" as a Greeting

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    Say "¿Cómo estás?" This is pronounced COH-moh ehS-TAHS and means "how are you?" Use this when you are speaking informally to someone your age (or younger) or who is your social peer.
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    Say "¿Cómo está?" This is pronounced COH-moh ehS-TAH and means "how are you?" Use this when speaking formally to someone who who is much older than you or has a higher social status.
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    Say "¿Cómo están?" This is pronounced COH-moh ehs-TAHN and means "how are you (all)?" Use this when addressing a group.

Method 4
Saying "Hi" in Different Countries

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    Say "hi" in Venezuela. Just say "¡Epa chamo!" -- this is the masculine form. Say "¡Epa chama!" to use the feminine form. It's pronounced "EH PA CHA-moh/mah."[1]
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    Say "hi" in Puerto Rico. Just say, "¡Que hubo!" to say "hi" in Puerto Rico. It's pronounced "KEY ooh-boh."
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    Say "hi" in Spain. Say "¿Qué hay?" to say "hi" in Spain. It's pronounced "KAY AY."
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    Say "hi" in Mexico. Say "¡Q'bole!" to say "hi" in Mexican slang. It's pronounced "KYOO boh-leh."

Tips

  • If you want to say hello when you pick up the phone in Spanish, say "¡Dígame!" in Spain or "¡Aló! in Latin America.






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