How to Say Hello and Hi in Spanish
One doesn’t have to learn an entire language to travel to that country. Making sure you know the most common phrases will get you started in conversation and help you get around the area. One such phrase is learning how to say hello or hi. Just like most languages, there are several different ways you can say hello in Spanish. Here are a few to learn.
Hola – This is the most common way to say hi to someone in Spanish and can be used at any point in the day. Be sure to make the H silent and pronounce it as o la. This short and simple phrase is used not only in Spain, but in any Spanish speaking country so remember this four letter word and you will be able to quickly strike up a conversation.
Buenos días – Although this translates to “good days”, it’s often used to mean “good morning”. This is a more formal way to say hi to someone before noon and again is a very common phrase used in Spanish speaking countries.
Buenas tardes – Once noon has passed, the next way to say hello is Buenas tardes, meaning “good afternoon”. Just another formal way to say hello instead of Hola.
Buenas noches – As the drinks start flowing after a long day, it’s time to say Buenas Noches, meaning “good night”. Usually this would be a goodbye greeting, but in Spanish speaking countries it can also be used as a way to say hello.
Ey – This is a more informal way to say hi and means “hey”. Friends will often use this phrase instead of saying hola.