Greetings in Spanish

Published on September 3, 2023 | Updated on December 28, 2023

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where a simple “Hola” just didn’t feel like enough?

Spanish is a language that thrives on warmth, courtesy, and cultural nuances, and greetings play a pivotal role in establishing connections. Depending on the situation, there might be a specific Spanish greeting you should use beyond “Hola.”

Today, we’re going to explore a greetings and introductions in Spanish.

Greetings in Spanish

These are some common expression to greet in Spanish

1. ¡Hola! – This is probably the most well-known Spanish greeting, equivalent to the English “hello.” It’s versatile and can be used in both formal and informal settings.

2. Buenos días – To wish someone a “good morning,” use this phrase. It’s a polite and friendly way to start the day.

3. Buenas tardes – In the afternoon, switch to “buenas tardes” to say “good afternoon.”

4. Buenas noches – As evening falls, say “buenas noches” to bid someone “good night.”

5. ¿Cómo estás? – When you want to inquire about someone’s well-being, “¿Cómo estás?” means “How are you?” It’s a common way to start a conversation.

6. ¿Qué tal? – This informal phrase is also used to ask “How are you?” or “What’s up?” It’s a bit more casual and friendly.

7. ¿Qué haces? – If you want to know “What are you doing?” or “What’s going on?” with someone, use this phrase.

8. ¡Bienvenido/a! – To welcome someone, use “¡Bienvenido!” for a male and “¡Bienvenida!” for a female.

9. ¿Cómo va Todo? – When you want to inquire about someone’s well-being, you can say ¿Cómo va Todo?, this is phrase that substitutes ¿Cómo estas?

10. ¿Qué hay de Nuevo? – It is a Spanish phrase that translates to “What’s new?” or “What’s up?” in English.

11. ¿Todo Bien? – . It’s a simple and informal way to inquire about someone’s well-being or to ask if everything is going smoothly in their life at that moment.

Greetings in Costa Rica: Pura Vida

“Pura vida” is a popular and distinctive greeting and expression in Costa Rica.

“Pura vida” translates to “pure life” in English. However, its meaning goes beyond the literal translation.

“Pura vida” can be used to express happiness, gratitude, or to respond to a greeting.

For example, if someone asks, “How are you?” in Costa Rica, a common response might be “Pura vida” to indicate that everything is going well, and life is good.

“Pura vida” reflects the laid-back and friendly nature of Costa Ricans and their emphasis on enjoying life, appreciating nature, and maintaining a relaxed and stress-free attitude.

Exchanges: Greetings in Spanish

These are some simple exchanges using some of the greetings studied today

AHola, ¿Cómo va todo?
BTodo bien
AHola, ¿Cómo estas?
BTodo calidad

“Aquí” means “here” so it doesn’t make any sense to reply to a greeting with it but that’s something we usually say in informal conversations.

A¿Qué Haces?

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Manuel Campos

Manuel Campos

I live in Costa Rica, I am an Spanish Native speaker and I am English teacher so I am sure that I will share valuable insights if you really want to learn Spanish