Sing along: Spanish greetings

If you want to greet somebody in Spanish, the most common way to say 'hello' is listen hola.

You can practise this and other greetings in Spanish with this fun song:

Sing along: Spanish greetings
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The greeting you use might change depending on the time of day:

SpanishEnglish
listen buenos díasgood morning
listen buenas tardesgood afternoon
listen buenas nochesgood night

¿Cómo está? or ¿Qué tal?

There are lots of other ways to greet people. These can be different depending on who you are talking to. For example, asking someone how they are feeling.

You can use listen ¿Qué tal? when talking to a friend and listen ¿Cómo está? when speaking formally to someone like a teacher or a parent.

Here are some answers you could try:

SpanishEnglish
listen biengood
listen muy bienvery good
listen fenomenalphenomenal
listen graciasthank you
listen malbad
listen muy malvery bad

Cognates

Spanish has lots of cognates. Which means that the word in Spanish sounds a lot like the word in English. For example fenomenal sounds like phenomenal.

Asking questions

When you ask a question in Spanish the punctuation is different to English. In Spanish you have to put an upside-down question mark at the start of the question.

Here are some examples of questions you can ask:

SpanishEnglish
listen ¿Cómo te llamas?What's your name?
listen ¿Cómo está?How are you?
listen ¿Dónde vives?Where do you live?
listen ¿De dónde eres?Where are you from?