How to Say Good Morning in Spanish
One of the more popular terms one must learn when visiting a Spanish speaking country is the greeting “Good Morning”. It’s used just as much as saying “hi” and is the polite way to start a conversation before noon.
“Morning” in Spanish is “la mañana”. This phrase isn’t actually the way people greet one another, but if you need to reference the word morning outside of greeting someone, that is the phrase to use.
Good Morning in Spanish
buenos días – Although this term means “good day”, it’s the proper way to say good morning in Spanish. For a little more context, it’s only one of a few phrases that is masculine, but still ends in an a (so don’t say “beuna dias”).
Luckily there aren’t many other popular ways to greet someone in the morning so “buenos dias” works in any situation. However, you can always greet something with “hola” meaning hi or hello as another acceptable way to greet one another.
Others Ways To Say Good Morning in Spanish
Buen Día – Very similar to buenos días, this phrase is more commonly found in Latin American countries. It not as formal and is often used when talking with friends or family.
Add “señor” or “señora” – When you are speaking to an elder or someone of importance, it’s polite to add one of these sayings to the end of buenos días. It translate to “good morning sir” or “good morning ma’am.
Giving a polite Good Morning is customary in most Spanish speaking countries and will ensure you are well perceived by your peers. For those who don’t speak Spanish it also opens up communication and often people will do their best to help you if you have questions. When speaking to people of importance or even the elderly, giving a “Buenos dias” is a sign of respect. Even when walking into a business or public place, saying good morning will lighten the mood and open up conversation.
Other helpful tips when saying good morning
When introducing yourself or someone else, it is also common to kiss that person on the cheek. Because this isn’t typical in America, many tourists or foreigners neglect this and in some countries it can be a sign of disrespect. It may take a little getting use to, but remember you need to respect their culture and kissing one another is the normal way to greet.
Along with the kiss is also a handshake. Many Spanish speaking countries will allow this instead of a kiss if they can tell you are uncomfortable with it. Formal events also tend to be more handshaking.
Be sure to check out our other greetings pages to learn other phrases to go along with how to say good morning in spanish.