SALUDOS Y DESPEDIDAS

GREETINGS AND FAREWELLS

In Spanish we have certain formulas to greet people and also to say goodbye. When we greet people we do it in different ways depending on the time of the day and the level of familiarity between the speakers.

The most common greeting in Spanish is

HOLA (hello)

The most common farewell in Spanish is

ADIÓS (goodbye)

"Hola" and "adiós" can be combined with the following:

BUENOS DÍAS (good morning)
BUENAS TARDES (good afternoon/evening)
BUENAS NOCHES (good night)

When we use "hola" we often add the expressions

¿QUÉ TAL? (how are things?)
¿CÓMO ESTÁS? (how are you?)

When we say goodbye to someone, we take into account when we will see them again by using the following expressions:

NOS VEMOS (see you) Literally it means "we see each other". It is a colloquial expression amongst younger generations.
HASTA LUEGO (see you later) It indicates that we are going to see the person later in the day
HASTA MAÑANA (see you tomorrow) It indicates that we are going to see the person the following day
HASTA EL + (DAY) (see you on + day of the week) It indicates that we are going to see the person on a particular day
HASTA PRONTO (see you soon) It indicates we don’t know exactly when we are going to see the person but we hope it’s soon
HASTA SIEMPRE (see you) It indicates that we don't know if we will see the person again in the future

 

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