Greetings and Farewells

Spanish Vocabulary


Greetings in Spanish

In Spanish there are different ways of greeting and saying hello depending on the context of the situation, the time of day and who you are talking to. Some of the most common expressions are:

Buenos Días, Buenas Tardes, Buenas Noches

Asking how someone is in Spanish

Normally the difference between a formal and informal greeting depends on the use of or usted. These are different ways of asking how someone is:

Remember for questions in Spanish we begin with an inverted question mark (¿)

Asking people what they have been doing of late

These questions are asking about new things the other person has been doing recently (or since the last time you met):

These were the day to day greetings, now let's look at the ones for special days and occasions

Greetings for Christmas, New Year and other celebrations

Birthday greetings in Spanish

What to say in Spanish when someone is sick

Wishing someone good luck in Spanish

How to congratulate someone in Spanish



Saying goodbye in Spanish

Farewells also depend on the context and the person you are speaking to.

How to begin a letter in Spanish

Ways of ending a letter in Spanish



Next Activities

Try our interactive vocabulary game to practise: Greetings and Farewells in Spanish Game


You may want to check out our notes in Spanish about Saludos y Despedidas.


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