Vocabulario: Etapa Preliminar
Greetings, Introducing Yourself, and Saying Good-bye
Greetings: Saludos I How to Greet People in Spanish
Buenos días. Good morning. Buenas tardes. Good afternoon. Buenas noches. Good evening. Hola. Hello. Note: In Spanish-speaking countries, people shake hands when greeting each other. Many people also hug or kiss each other on the cheek.
Saludos and the Time of Day
The greetings that are used in Spanish reflect the time of day. Buenos días is used in the morning (from 6:00 AM until noon). Buenas tardes is used in the afternoon and early evening (from noon until 6:00 PM). Buenas noches is used at night (from 6:00 PM until 6:00 AM). Hola can be used to greet someone at any time of day.
Greetings: Saludos II How to Respond to a Greeting in Spanish
El gusto es mío. The pleasure is mine. Encantado(a). Delighted/Pleased to meet you. Es un placer. It’s a pleasure. Igualmente. Same here. Mucho gusto. Nice to meet you.
Saying Good-bye: Despedidas
How to Say Good-bye in Spanish Adiós. Good-bye. Hasta luego. See you later. Hasta mañana. See you tomorrow. Hasta pronto. See you soon. Nos vemos. See you later. Tengo que irme. I have to go.
Saying Good-bye: For How Long?
In Spanish, the way people choose to say good-bye depends on how soon the two people will see each other again. Hasta luego, Hasta pronto and Nos vemos are used if the two people plan to see each other very soon. Hasta mañana is used if the two people plan to see each other tomorrow. Adiós is used if the two people don’t plan on seeing each other for a few days or more.
Introducing Yourself How to Introduce Yourself in Spanish
¿Cómo te llamas? What is your name? Me llamo… My name is… Soy… I am… ¿Quién es…? Who is…? ¿Cómo se llama? What is his/her name? Se llama… His/Her name is… El nombre First name El apellido Last name
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