Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish

Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish

Hi, friends! Today we’re going to teach you how to greet
and say goodbye to someone in Spanish. Now, this is one of the most important lessons
we can give you because, whether you’re talking to a taxi driver, a doctor, or friends,
you’re always gonna have to greet them. Now, not only is it polite, once you get it
down, it will help you make new friends. But before we get started, don’t forget
that we are your resource to learn real-world Travel Spanish, so hit the subscribe button,
and let’s get started! So, for the first part of the video, we’re
gonna show you informal greetings. This is how you would greet someone, an acquaintance,
someone you’ve met before, and you see them in the street, and you don’t have that much
time to chat. This is how you’d do it. Keep in mind that we have English and Spanish
captions available for this video. You can turn them on if you get stuck. “Buenos días” means “Good morning.” Only use this in the morning, before noon. “Buenas tardes” – “Good afternoon.” Use this from noon until sunset. The following examples are short conversations. We will first play the whole conversation
and then break it down for you in English. Hi, May, what’s up? What’s up? How are you? Well, and you? Me too, well, take care. Yeah, you too. Goodbye. See you. “¿Qué onda?” A very Latin American way to say “What’s
up?” This is used extensively in Mexico between
friends. Only use this in casual or informal situations. “¿Cómo estás?” means “How are you?” This is probably the most common way to greet
someone after “Hola.” “¿Y tú?” Any time you hear a greeting, you’ll probably
hear this shortly after. It means “And you?” It’s polite to ask how the other person
is doing. “Cuídate” means “Take care.” “Tú también” means “You too.” “Adiós” The old standard “Goodbye.” Used just as often in Spanish as “bye”
is in English. Hi, how is it going? It’s going well, you? Pretty well, thanks. Okay, see you. See you. “¿Qué tal?” is a very general greeting. You can use this with anyone regardless of
their age or how well you know them. It works just like the phrase “¿Cómo estás?” “Nos vemos” is a common way to say “See
you.” Literally, “we’ll see each other.” Jaime, what’s new? Not much, just here walking. Me too, just here going for a walk. Well, see you. Take care. “¿Qué cuentas?” means “what’s new?” Like “¿Qué onda?” it’s very casual. Use it with friends and people your age or
younger. “Aquí nomás” is a very informal phrase. It means “Not much” or “Just hanging
out.” It literally translates to “Just here”
but the whole phrase here was “Aquí nomás, caminando” which means “Not much, just
here walking.” “También aquí” is the most common way
to answer after “Aquí nomás, ¿y tú?” It simply means “Me too, just here.” But
we added “paseando” which means “going for a walk.” So the whole phrase is “También aquí,
paseando.” Now we’re gonna show you how to greet someone
in a more formal situation. Maybe when you are greeting your friend’s
grandparents or someone you wanna show more respect to. Yeah, this is for anybody who is older than
you or in a position of power that’s greater than yours. First, listen to this short conversation, then we’ll break it down for you piece by piece. Doctor Fernandez, right? Yes, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. I’m doctor Larios. How is it going? How are you? It’s going pretty well, and you? Pretty well, too. It’s really nice to see you. Likewise. Have a good day. Goodbye. Goodbye. “Mucho gusto” means “Nice to meet you.” “Soy la doctora Larios.” May said “I’m Doctor Larios.” When you are meeting someone for the first
time you can say “Soy…” and then your name or “Me llamo…” and then your name. They both mean “I am…” “Me llamo…” literally means “I call myself…” “¿Cómo está?” Notice we used “¿cómo está?” instead of “¿cómo estás?” This is an important distinction. You should always use the “¿cómo está?” form in formal settings. “Muy bien” means “Pretty well.” This is another common way to answer the question
“How are you?” “Qué gusto saludarlo” means “It’s
really nice to see you.” If you are talking to a woman you should say
“Qué gusto saludarla.” If you want to use this phrase with a friend
or in a more casual situation, you’d use the informal way – “Qué gusto saludarte”
for both men and women. “Igualmente” in this context means “likewise.” You’ll hear this often in smalltalk. You could also use “Usted también” instead,
which also means “likewise.” “Que tenga un buen día” means “Have
a good day.” If you’re talking to a friend or someone
in a more casual situation you would say “Que tengas un buen día.” Good afternoon. Are you the teacher Mayra? Yes, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you, I’m Santiago’s father. How is it going? Ah, pretty well. I’m in a hurry to go to work. Okay, have a good day. Nice to meet you. Likewise, see you later. See you later. “¿Es usted la maestra Mayra?” means “Are you the teacher Mayra?” “¿Es usted…?” followed by the name
of the person or their occupation is a good phrase to use when you’re not sure if you’re
talking to the right person. “¿Cómo le va?” means “How is it going?” If you were using this phrase informally you’d
say “¿Cómo te va?” “Que le vaya bien” just like “Que tenga
un buen día” means “Have a good day.” “Mucho gusto en conocerla” means “Nice
to meet you” but it is only used when talking to a woman. If you want to say it to a man you’d say
“Mucho gusto en conocerlo” or you can always just keep it short with “Mucho gusto.” “Hasta luego” means “See you later.” Excuse me. Yes, tell me. Good afternoon. Good afternoon. Is this the tour bus? No, the tour bus is the red one over there. Oh, okay, good. Thanks a lot. Yeah, have a good day. Goodbye. Goodbye. “Disculpe” which
means “Excuse me” is a great word to use when addressing someone you don’t know. It is polite and can be used in any situation. Use “Disculpe” with people you wanna show
respect to or who are older than you. Use “Disculpa” if you are talking to someone
who looks your age or younger. So we have shown you how to greet someone
in a casual way, also how to greet someone in a more formal way, but now we’re gonna show
you what to do when you are greeting a friend or when you are meeting someone for the first
time and you don’t know if you should do a handshake, give them a kiss, give them a
hug, because in Mexico, hugging and kissing is very common and we’re gonna show you
how to do it right to avoid something like this: Jaime, what’s up? Doing well, and you? Uh… I’m sorry… uh… Yeah, don’t do it like that. This is the right way to do it: Number one: Hug the other person by the shoulders and Two: Give them a “kiss” just by slightly pressing
your cheek against theirs. No lip contact. Hi, how are you? Hi, I’m well, and you? I’m well… If you are a male and you’re greeting another
male, a handshake and sometimes a hug is all you need. If you’re a female greeting another female,
do it just like we do in the video here. Now we’re gonna go for a walk and show you
how people actually greet each other in Mexico. Good afternoon. Good afternoon. Good afternoon. Hello, good afternoon. Goodbye. Goodbye. Good evening. Good evening. Goodbye. Goodbye. Notice that some people say “Adiós” when
passing by. Good evening. Goodbye. Good evening. This much more common than saying “Hola”
in Mexico if you don’t intend to stop and chat. Goodbye. Goodbye. Good evening. Good evening. Goodbye. Goodbye, have a good day. Thank you. We know there’s a lot of information in
this video, but if you wanna practice even more head on over to our website at
where we have a lot more resources to help you. We’re gonna leave a link in the description. Thanks for watching, and if you enjoyed this
video, don’t forget to like and subscribe for more travel and Spanish tips. See you later! See you soon! I froze, I froze! This is it, I promise! [Laughs in Spanish]

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95 Replies to “Greetings and Goodbyes in Spanish”

  1. Muchas gracias para la lección! Tengo una pregunta: ?entendería gente de espa~na "qué onda"? And, if you're out on the streets in Mexico, do you really greet all the people who pass your way, even if you don't know them? That keeps you quite busy, doesn`t it? 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing! It's quite useful and interesting for having a real scenario of greetings in streets.
    Please share more daily vocabs and phrases in spanish!
    Support! ;D
    Greeting from Asia.

  3. Very good video. I had forgotten about "aquí nomás". A question…is it true that in Mexico they say "qué pasó" rather than "qué pasa"?

    And some more super informal greetings (primarily only for the young and hip) are que show, que pex, que tranza and que pedo. But be careful with que pedo, that should probably be restricted to close friends who use that type of speech, jajaja.

  4. You guys deserve way more subscribers! I absolutely loved this and hope y’all continue making videos! I learned a lot!😁

  5. Your channel has really good content. I am just starting to learn spanish and these help me so much! Thank you! Please keep making these videos, guys! Greeting from Jakarta, Indonesia.

  6. super super videos for someone just getting to grips with conversational Spanish, I slow the video down a little and put on Spanish subtitles to help me. Gracias

  7. Good day, learning spanish is my main target this year . To me spanish is easy to read , write & to speak buy i need someone to chat or tolk to. May you pls hook me up with anyone who cn cht or tolk to so that i cn improve . Am in Namibia southern africa. Pls help me my email address [email protected]

  8. Thanks this is really helpful I'm trying to learn Spanish as a 2nd language and this really helps you deserve a lot more subscribers 👍👍

  9. it's pretty common to kiss and/or embrace each other in an informal greeting, but in a formal greeting, you just shake hands fast, don't hold the hand of the other person during the whole conversation, it could be strange. Besides, you're a lovely couple, you look very in love!💞

  10. Si me lo permites, como consejo, te sentaría mejor una barba un poco menos perfilada, dejando que baje un poco más hasta el cuello. La llevas demasiado pegada al mentón y no resulta natural.

    Un saludo y enhorabuena por el canal.

  11. Hi guys, I'm from Mexico and I'm a English language student, constantly I'm looking for this kind of videos, all these videos help me improve my knowledge because I can give me an idea how to say different sentences which are similar to Spanish, keep doing videos, best regards 🙂

  12. Yo hablo español de lengua materna pero veo sus vídeos para poder enseñar mi idioma a otra gente porque sabemos que es muy difícil enseñar español buen video sigan enseñando español.

  13. Hi Im from Mexico if someome want to Improve their espanish i can help and you can help me with english

  14. im your 11,555th subscriber!!! i love your videos!!! Small talk is a big deal! You are my reason why im doing so well in spanish asian!

  15. Remember that we have subtitles available in Spanish and English for this video and many others. Do you like this format for lessons? What would make it better? Thanks for watching!

  16. Great meeting you today and after watching your videos I can speak Spanish fluently. When we get together I insist that we only speak Spanish. U2 are the greatest teachers I've been attempting to understand and speak Spanish for over 40 years and now I have found my answer in your videos.

  17. In Brazil if you are gay, you can greet another male by hugging and kissing. That's not a problem.
    I don't like straight's rules. What's the problem with hugging and kissing?

  18. Hi guys!! I absolutely loved your video! just wanted to ask… for this video, did you guys film it in the city of Colima or Comala? I lived there for quite sometime, and I could swear it is Colima!! Greetings!!!

  19. "Qué onda" and "Aquí nomás" are not <latinamerican> is only use in Mexico and maybe in 2 or 3 countries in Central America next to Mexico.

  20. I look at the fedora and i'm like "Hola m'lady."

    Edit:(O MAH GOSH THEY REPLIED :DDDDD ¡Este es el mejor dia de mi vida!)

  21. Gracias,es útil y Práctico el vídeo. soy Chino que estoy estudiando español. la maestra habla rápida que el maestro.

  22. it is polite to ask the other person how they are………its incredible how many do not, or when they do it feels so hollow.(canada)

  23. ¡Gracias por el excelente video! Soy maestro de español para angloparlantes en los Estados Unidos y siento que conseguí un recurso importante para mis clases. Mi observación es que muchas expresiones (o casi todas) son bastante mexicanas, lo cual no es malo per se. Solo que existen muchos otros países de Latinoamérica donde hablamos la misma lengua y algunas expresiones varían. Obviamente, eso no le quita valor al trabajo que nuestros amigos de ¨Spanish and go" comparten. Gracias de nuevo.

  24. Some of these phrases, like "Que onda" and "Aqui, nomas" are only used in Mexico. As a Cuban American that has traveled to Mexico numerous times, I can tell you, we speak very differently and use very different slang. I had trouble even asking for a straw at a restaurant (they call it "Popote" and we call it "Absorbente"). I would stick to teaching generic or formal Spanish phrases that will be understood by all Spanish speakers, regardless of what country they originate from. Once you get down to casual Spanish, it truly is unique to each country and region.

  25. Noooo que onda es solo en mexico. Mejor: como estas? o que tal? o como te va? o como vas? es mas general en Latinoamerica

  26. may I ask to confirm what I hear please, do you pronounce V as 'V'? e.g. Vaya (V like in Voice), not B as in 'Bet'. The same applies to Colombian variety of Spanish, I definitely hear regular V versus what is said in all textbooks on how to pronounce letters. Is V=B only in Spain?

  27. A really good vídeo but no body as spanish speaker says "que onda" if you dont know the other person we use "que onda "just with friends

  28. New subscriber here! I LOVE your videos! I'm hoping to retire in Mexico very soon. I took Spanish in high school, but I only remember how to COUNT and speak very little. I get confused about which letters are SILENT or pronounced differently than English. Here's an example: my name is Valerie, but I had a friend from Puerto Rico who pronounced it…"Balerie"…with a B. I know that some letters are silent. I have a lot to learn, but your videos are fantastic…muchas gracias!

  29. You probably address this somewhere, but I get really confused about the Buenas vs. Buenos…(the masculine form…I guess that's what it is called). Buenos dias vs Buenas tardes. I have a dictionary, so I may try to figure this one out. Thanks!

  30. I've been teaching Spanish for a long time, and this is the best video with explanations I have ever used. ¡Gracias!

  31. You guys are great. I just got back from Mexico (my first trip). You clarify how people actually speak there, which is really valuable.

  32. A very informative, authentic and current video. I'll be sharing this with my college students. Muchísimas gracias.

  33. Hey, I'm a Chinese and currently learning Spanish. How do we know what country of Spanish we are learning? Is that okay to any of the other country too?

    Hola, Soy de Chino y actualmente aprendo espanol. Una pregunta: Como sabemos que pais de espanol que estamos aprendiendo? Esta bien para usar en otros pais de espanol tambien?

  34. For those of us who thought we learned Spanish from watching Cheech and Chong movies, you should be aware that "Hey Pendejo!" is not considered a polite greeting. Cheech was wrong.

  35. At the end of this video, we have a very similar gesture here in my country. We greet people on the street when we pass them by even though they're strangers. 😅 In the evening, we say "maayong gabii" (good evening). That's really awkward for people who don't have such culture.

  36. Great !!! Now i found something by that i can improve or learn better to speak spanish.
    Keep Going !!!
    An appreciation from an Indian Student

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