Your Friendly Guide To Learning Spanish!
Say Hello in Spanish!
To say "hello" in Spanish, you say ¡Hola!
That's not very difficult, is it?
But in this page I want you to learn other types of greetings in Spanish, and also how to introduce yourself in Spanish.
Let's start with the greetings, shall we?
Greetings, like many other forms of communication in Spanish are subject to protocols of degrees of familiarity.
Unfortunately, many English speaking folks seem to ignore this when talking to people in Spanish speaking countries, and this sometimes comes across as disrespectful or arrogant.
The protocols are simple, and it would be a good idea if you make an effort to understand them.
Beyond Hello in Spanish: Greeting and Speaking Protocols in the Spanish Language
Generally, when talking to a person you don't know, you use greetings in the 3rd person. You'll see in the table below which Spanish greetings are in 3rd person. That is the formal, polite or respectful way.
You use the informal way of greeting with kids, or people you already know and have befriended.
But when speaking to females, you should greet them and talk to them in the formal manner, unless they drop the formality.
This may be regarded as "old fashined", but it's the safest way to talk to Spanish speaking people in their countries.
If you don't make an effort to use the above protocols, you can be regarded as just another arrogant "Gringo" or "gabacho" who comes to give orders around. Be polite, people like you better when you're polite.
Read the following expresions, then click the play button next to each phrase to hear the pronunciation, and then read the same phrase again imitating the pronunciation you hear.
Remember: Some browsers require you to click on the buttons twice before they start working (yes, I know, technology works in mysterious ways sometimes!).
Here we go:
That's it for now. As you can see, there is more to it than just saying hello in Spanish. You've got to know the subtleties on how to address people, and you have taken your first steps in learning that!
Practice how to say hello in Spanish drill by clicking on the relevant link below.
Links to Other Spanish Phrases
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