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.
More Information on How To Say Hello in Spanish
Greetings always seem to be the first thing people try and learn before traveling abroad. Not only are they going to be the most often used works you will use, but often they will get you into conversations to help you find what you are looking for. Learning how to say hello is by far one of the most important phrases to know as it is basically how you will start all your conversations.
The Spanish language relies heavily on formal and informal sayings to go along with gender nouns. This can make it a little more of a challenge as you need to adapt to your audience and surrounds, but overall saying hello can be used in most situations.
A few of the more common greetings in Spanish are:
Hola – Even if you aren’t familiar with Spanish, you probably have heard someone say this in your lifetime. Easiest way to say hi to someone. The H is silent so pronounce it as Oh-la.
Beunos Dias – Although it means good day, it’s another popular way for people to greet one another in the morning
Quihubo – This translates to How are you or what’s up and can be used to replace Hola. Friends and family members will use this more often as it’s a little less informal
Buenas Noches – Meaning good night, this is often used later at night. It doesn’t just mean time for bed in Spanish speaking countries.
Bienvenidos – This translates to welcome and is a good way to introduce someone into your home or at an event. This one is gender specific so make sure you say the correct pronunciation to your audience.
Que Pasa – This is considered more of slang and again used between friends and family, but translates to “what’s up”.
Como esta usted – Although this is more of a question, the Spanish meaning is “how are you”
Muy Buenos – This may sound odd as it means “very good”, it’s another popular way to say hello to someone
Ey – Instead of saying hello, it’s more of a “hey”.
The last tip is after saying hello in Spanish, it’s often followed by a greeting of a kiss.
Be sure to check out our other Spanish Greetings before traveling.