Spanish Greetings And Common Expressions

Beginning Spanish: A basic course in the Spanish language

In Spanish, as in other languages, there are many common expressions and greetings. The Spanish language has two types of expressions: formal and informal.

Formal Spanish expressions are typically used with new acquaintances (people you don't know very well) and people in positions of authority or who demand a degree of respect.

Informal Spanish expressions are typically used with family, friends, and "equals".
The Spanish expressions on this page will allow you to meet and greet Spanish speaking people the world over!

Spanish Greetings:


Buenos días, señor.
Good morning, sir.

Buenos días, señora.
Good morning, ma'am.

Buenos días, señorita.
Good morning, miss.

Buenas tardes.
Good afternoon.

Buenas noches.
Good evening.

Spanish well-being phrases:

¿Cómo está usted?
How are you? (formal)

Cómo estás?
How are you? (informal)

¿Qué tal?
How's it going?

Muy bien, gracias.
Very well, thanks.

Regular. Así, así.
Fair. So, so.

¿Y usted?
And you? (formal)

¿Y tú?
And you? (informal)

Spanish "getting acquainted" phrases:

¿Cómo se llama usted?
What is your name? (formal)

¿Cómo te llamas?
What's your name? (informal)

Me llamo María.
My name is Mary.

Permítame presentar a Juan.
Allow me to introduce John.

Mucho gusto.
I'm very pleased to meet you.

El gusto es mío.
The pleasure is mine.

Spanish expressions of courtesy:

Muchas gracias.
Thanks you very much.

No, gracias.
No, thank you.

De nada.
You're welcome.

Sí, por favor.
Yes, please.

Pardon me. (to seek someone's attention or forgiveness)
Excuse me.

Con permiso.
Pardon me. (to ask permission to pass by someone)
Excuse me.

Spanish departure phrases:


Hasta luego.
See you later.

Hasta mañana.
See you tomorrow.

Hasta jueves.
See you Thursday.

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