Spanish phrasebook: Greetings

Spanish phrasebook – Phrases in Spanish with audio


Contents: Video and audio for learning Spanish

If you want to know how to say “hello” and “goodbye” in Spanish, this is the right place. With the help of our explanations, videos and audios you will quickly learn how to greet people in Spanish.


Topic summary in one video:

We have put together the most important words and phrases in one video to help you remember them as quickly as possible. Below the video you will find the list of all the new words and phrases with explanations.


Listen to the audio and read the explanations on how to use the words in day-to-day Spanish speech.

Section greeting for any time of the day

A greeting for any time of the day

“Hola” is a greeting suitable for any time of the day. This word can be translated into English as “hello” or “hi”.

Hi / Hello

About modern Spanish
Can you use the word “hola” with strangers?

“Hola” is a totally neutral greetings that you can use in formal and informal situations. You can say “hola” to your friends and to total strangers, at work and at home. Every time you enter a Spanish shop you will certainly hear a friendly “hola”.

Section good morning and good evening

Buenos días / buenas noches

Pay attention to these expressions. In Spanish, there are 3 greetings for each time of the day, the literal translation of which doesn’t always coincide with its actual meaning. It has to do with the fact that in Spain and in many countries of Latin America people start their day later than in other parts of the word and go to sleep later as well:

Buenos días
Good morning
The literal translation of this phrase is “good day” but it is usually used until 12 in the afternoon.

Buenas tardes
Good afternoon / Good evening
In most Spanish speaking countries, this greeting is used from 12pm to 8pm.

Buenas noches
Good evening / Good night
This greeting is usually used after 8pm. Besides, you can also say “buenas noches” to with somebody good night before going to sleep.

Spanish traditions
Can you say “buenos días” at 2pm?

In Spain, people use “buenos días” from the morning until they have lunch. If we take into account that lunchtime in Spain is usually at some point between 1pm and 3pm, you will hear “buenos días” even at 2.30pm. In other Spanish-speaking countries (Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, etc.), the greeting “buenos días” is used only until 12:00.

Section farewells adiós hasta luego

Farewells: adiós and hasta luego

It’s time to say goodbye. Here we would like to show you the two most common ways of saying goodbye. Let’s see their meaning and usage:

Bye / Goodbye

Hasta luego
See you / Bye

About modern Spanish
Adiós vs Hasta luego

Both expressions can be used to say goodbye. However, for many Spanish people the word “adiós” means “goodbye forever”. After a serious fight with your friend you could say “adiós” and it would definitely sound like “I don’t want to see you ever again”. That’s why the words “hasta luego” are used more often. And one more thing: don’t say “Hasta la vista”. Nobody uses that apart from the Terminator.

Section other forms of farewells

Other forms of farewell

Let’s read and listen to other useful phrases and their equivalents in English.

Me tengo que ir
I have to go
In order to understand this expression better let’s reorganize the wordorder: Tengo que irme. The verb “Tengo que” means “I have to” and “irme” means “to go/to leave”.

Hasta mañana
See you tomorrow
It literally means “till tomorrow”.

Nos vemos
See you
Here we actually use the verb “to see” – ver. “Nos vemos” means “We see each other”.

Buen fin de semana
Have a nice weekend

Buen viaje
Have a nice trip

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