How Do You Say Hello in Spanish?

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THERE are several ways to say hello in Spanish. Well, that is not exactly true. There is one Spanish word that literally translates into hello. The other ways are greetings, and while they are substitutes for saying hello, they have their own meanings.

The word for hello in Spanish is hola. In Spanish the letter ‘h’ is always silent, so hola is pronounced oh-lah.

Should you encounter a Spaniard first thing in the morning, you might instead greet him with Buenos días.

Buenos (pronounced bweh-nos) is the plural of the Spanish word for good, bueno.

Días (pronounced dee-ahs) is the plural of the Spanish word for day, día.

Literally, this Spanish phrase translates into good days, but means good day or good morning. As in English, there is no need to say hello as well.

At some point in the day, it becomes appropriate to change your greeting to Buenas tardes. Pronounced bweh-nahs tahr-des, the expression is equivalent to saying Good afternoon. I say ‘at some point’ because Spanish cultures do not adhere to the strictness of the clock like English speakers do. This makes sense in a way since tardes comes from the verb, tardar, the infinitive form which means to take time. The phrase itself doesn’t make sense – tardes is literally the second person singular subjunctive form of to take time. Huh, right? But an English person is saying afternoon, that is, literally after the noon hour, so it’s tied to the clock. You could say buenos días into mid afternoon and still be correct.

Come evening, you would greet someone buenas noches (pronounced bweh-nahs noh-ches), which is literally good nights, plural, but stands for good night.

Another way of saying hello in Spanish is simply to say Buenas. The beauty of this one word is that it is appropriate for any time of day. And if you had reason to answer a telephone in Spanish – perhaps while vacationing in Ibiza? – you could say aló. Ah-loh.

How Do You Say Happy Birthday in Spanish?

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IF you have an amigo or amiga whose birthday is coming up, it is not a bad idea at all to learn how to say happy birthday in Spanish.

You can wish your Spanish-speaking friend happy birthday by saying feliz cumpleaños.

Feliz stands for happy. You can see this Spanish word in the English word ‘felicity’, which means intense happiness. Both have their root in Latin, from felix which means happy or fortunate.

Cumpleaños is the Spanish word for birthday. Cumple comes from the verb cumplir, which is the infinitive form and has numerous meanings, including to fulfill, to serve, to carry out and to achieve. Años literally means years. So cumpleaños is kind of like saying that a person fulfilled a year, achieved another year. What a wonderful way of expressing it!

Feliz is pronounced feh-leess. The letter ‘z’ in Spanish is always pronounced like the letter ‘s’ – always. (So Jennifer Lopez? Her last name is not pronounced Loh-pez, like a low pez dispenser. In Spanish, the accent is actually on the first syllable: Ló-pes. . . Yeah, I prefer Loh-pez, too! But now you know.)Feliz Cumpleanos on Sombrero

Cumpleaños is pronounced koom-pleh-ah-nyos.

Now that you know how to say happy birthday in Spanish, there’s just one more thing. If you choose to write it in a card, note that in Spanish an exclamatory phrase – one with an exclamation point or screamer at the end – also starts with an exclamation point. An upside down exclamation point. I love this! Then when you’re reading you know right away before getting to the first word that something exciting is coming up.

 

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How Do You Say I Love You in Spanish? Another Way

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IF you want to know how do you say I love you in Spanish, you have to take into consideration the person you are planning to use your newly learned phrase on. If the person is your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, someone for whom you have romantic love, the phrase is te amo or yo te amo.

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But if the person you want to declare your affection to is your grandmother or niece or best friend, then you would say te quiero or yo te quiero. Te quiero is also OK to say to a lover, by the way, but te amo is typically not appropriate to say to your child. While this may not be the case in every Spanish culture, anyone just starting to learn Spanish would do well to stick to this rule. Better safe than sorry!

Te quiero (pronounced teh kyeh-roh) comes from the verb querer, which is the infinitive form and means to want.  Te means you. The subject pronoun yo may or may not be used as you prefer because that information is included in the conjugation of the word itself. Quiero is the first person indicative of the verb querer.Take My Heart

While the literal translation is I want you, te quiero is how to say I love you in Spanish to anyone from friends to family to lovers. It does not imply lust, although it is possible to convey that feeling by tone of voice, expression of the eyes and, of course, the context in which it is spoken.

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How Do You Say I Love You in Spanish?

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THE Spanish language is a romance language – and what is more romantic than the words I love you? So how do you say I love you in Spanish? Very simply, the answer is: Te amo.

Te (pronounced teh) stands for you.

Amo (pronounced ah-moh, with the stress on the first syllable) stands for I love.

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In Spanish, as in many other languages, it is not necessary to use the subject pronoun, in this case, the word I, because this information is indicated by the way the verb is conjugated. In this case the verb is amar, which is the infinitive form and means to love. The conjugation amo tells you that it is the first person pronoun.

While it is common not to use pronouns in conversation, it is perfectly correct and normal to include them when you speak Spanish, as well. The choice is yours.

How do you say I love you in Spanish including the subject pronoun? Yo te amo.

Te AmoNote that te amo or Yo te amo is a Spanish phrase typically reserved for use only with your lover. While in the English language, the verb to love is used to reflect a positive emotion towards lovers, spouses, friends, family, animals, toys, music, tv shows, food, shoes, shopping, dancing – basically, anything and everything that there is a strong desire, enjoyment or appreciation for, etc. – in Spanish there are other words used that are more appropriate for expressing this feeling toward other people, places, things and activities. Click here to learn another way of saying I love you in Spanish.

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