Spanish Basic Greetings

Beginner Spanish - Level A1


You never get a second chance at a first impression! Read on to find out how to greet someone and make a great first impression in Spanish in any situation!



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Spanish Greetings

You never get a second chance at a first impression! Read on to find out how to greet someone and make a great first impression in Spanish in any situation!

In English you are probably used to addressing people based on who they are and where you find yourselves. We use not only different words, but also different mannerisms when greeting people. For example, when walking into a business meeting you may say something like, “Hello ma’am, how are you today?” and shake her hand. Versus when walking into a room full of your friends at a super bowl party and you say, “What’s up, everyone?” and hug everyone you see.

Just like in English, we adjust our greetings based on who we are talking to and where we are when speaking in Spanish too!

Here are a few common formal and informal situational phrases that are used in Spanish. **Note: In more formal situations a handshake is appropriate, but you will find a kiss on one or both cheeks to be commonplace for informal situations!

Phrases for ANY situation:


Formal or Informal

¡Hola! - Hello

¡Buenos días! – Good morning!

¡Buenas tardes! – Good afternoon!

¡Buenas noches! – Good evening or goodnight

¿Cómo están ustedes? – How are you all?

¡Nos vemos! – See you!

¡Hasta luego! – See you later!

¡Hasta pronto! – See you soon!


Check out these Spanish greetings specific to formal or informal situations:

Formal Situations

Informal Situations

¿Cómo está usted? – How are you?

¿Cómo estás?– How are you?

Encantado(a). – Nice to meet you.

¿Qué tal? – How are things?

Mucho gusto. – Nice to meet you.

¿Qué onda? – What’s up?

Que tenga un buen día. – Have a good day.

Que tengas un buen día. – Have a good day.

Que tenga un buen fin de semana. – Have a good weekend.

Que tengas un buen día. – Have a good day.

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Basic Greetings in Spanish: Greeting Others and Introducing Yourself

Let’s practice.

In the following scenarios, provide the appropriate greeting that would be used. Pay close attention to the underlined clues given to help you choose! You should only use each word from the word bank once. Click READ MORE below for the answer key!

 ¡Hola!       ¡Buenas noches!       Mucho gusto.       ¿Qué tal?

¡Nos vemos!        ¿Cómo están ustedes?

Que tenga un buen día.        ¡Buenos días!


  1. It is 8:00 am and you are walking into a coffee shop. What could you say to the barista?
  2. You’re leaving a meeting and saying goodbye to your boss. What could you say to them?
  3.  You are walking into a restaurant at 8:00pm and greeting your friends at the dinner table.
  4. You just met your coworker’s husband for the first time. What would you say to him?
  5. You have just entered the conference room and are greeting your coworkers. What would you say to them?
  6. You are casually passing a friendly neighbor in the grocery store. What could you say to them?
  7. Your neighbor replied to your greeting then followed it with _______? What could they have said back to you?
  8. You are leaving a baseball game with friends. What would you say to them?

Answer key: 1. ¡Buenos días!, 2. Que tenga un buen día., 3. ¡Buenas noches!, 4. Mucho gusto., 5. ¿Cómo están ustedes?, 6. ¡Hola!, 7. ¿Qué tal?, 8. ¡Nos vemos!

Saludos en español

Practice with other students in your class

• Buenos días.
• Buenas tardes.
• Buenas noches.
(después de las 7PM)
• Hola!


Despedidas en español



Frases útiles

No entiendo – entiendo

No comprendo - comprendo

Repita por favor
Una vez más por favor

Hable despacio por favor

Un momento por favor

Gracias………….de nada




Frases útiles:


Comprendo. No comprendo.        

Entiendo. No entiendo

Repita por favor                              

Hable despacio                              




Estudiante 1: - ¿Cómo se llama?
What’s your name?
Estudiante 2: - Me llamo … ¿y usted?
My name is... and you?
Estudiante 1: - Me llamo… Mucho gusto
My name is… Pleased to meet you
Estudiante 2: - Igualmente
same to you


Estudiante 1: - Buenos días… ¿Cómo está usted?

How are you? 


Estudiante 2: - Bien gracias y usted?

Fine, thanks. And you?


Estudiante 1: - Bien Regular. Más o menos.

Fine, S0-So, More or Less  


Estudiante 2: - Hasta luego Keith

See you later


Estudiante 1: - Adiós Helen



Hasta mañana.

Nos vemos

Hasta Pronto

see you tomorrow

see you

See you soon


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