Good Morning in Spanish

Spanish

TO say good morning in Spanish, you say Buenos días.

 

Buenos días is pronounced bweh-nos dee-ahs.

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Now you know how to say good morning in Spanish!

How Are You in Spanish

Spanish

TO say how are you in Spanish you simply say Cómo está.

Cómo está (pronounced koh-moh eh-stah) is the proper form when addressing a stranger or an authority figure.

To say how are you in Spanish to a friend, family member or young person you say Cómo estás (pronounced koh-moh eh-stahss).

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How Do You Say Hello in Spanish?

Spanish

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.

Good Afternoon in Spanish

Spanish

TO say good afternoon in Spanish, you say Buenas tardes.

Buenas tardes is pronounced bweh-nahs tar-des.

Now you know how to say good afternoon in Spanish!

Counterbass with Trumpet Player, Part of Traditional Band Playing in a Cafe, Habana Vieja, Cuba

A good afternoon of music at a cafe in Old Havana, Cuba – Allposters.com