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Hola a todos! Soy Lucia. Hi everybody! I’m Lucia.
Welcome to SpanishPod101.com’s Español en tres minutos. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Spanish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to show thanks by saying Gracias. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Spanish.
¿Estan listos?; Are you ready? Empecemos!, Let’s start!
The most used informal greeting is:
[slowly] Hola.
Hola means “hi,” or “hello”. We can use it in formal and informal situations, at any time of day. It’s very convenient. Hola!
Now let’s look at some greetings that are used at certain times of day.
First is “good morning”.
“Good morning” in Spanish is
Buenos días.
[slowly] Buenos días.
Buenos días literally means “good day”, but we use it to mean “good morning”.
During the day, we say:
Buenas tardes.
[slowly] Buenas tardes.
Buenas tardes means “good afternoon”.
This can be used all day, as long as it’s light outside.
Again, buenas tardes.
Once it starts to get dark, you can switch to this:
Buenas noches.
[slowly] Buenas noches.
Buenas noches means “good evening” or “good night”, depending on the situation. If you’re greeting someone in the evening, it means “good evening”. If you’re speaking to someone before you go to sleep, it means “good night”.
Again, that’s: Buenas noches.
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Spanish!
Let’s review them all again.
As a general greeting:
In the morning:
Buenos días.
In the afternoon, or during the day:
Buenas tardes.
In the evening, or at night:
Buenas noches.
Pretty easy, right?
Now it’s time for Lucia’s Insights.
If you’re not sure which greeting is appropriate to use - buenos días, buenas tardes, or buenas noches - just remember that hola can be used any time of day.
During the next lesson you’ll learn the meaning of ¿Habla ingles?. Do you already know it? In our next lesson you’ll learn this phrase and more!
Hasta la próxima! See you soon!