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Different ways to Say Hello in Spanish



When you get to know all the cultures and all the languages, you will notice that if you impose, invade some individual’s personal space, and to even try to get them do things they are not willing to do, they will reject you. Every time you approach to an individual you have to be as delicate as you can, you don’t know in what state of mind they are currently into, but for most of humans you have to give a salutation to start the protocol of interacting with someone.

The language Spanish, will offer you a variety of easy and funny options available to begin the talkative interaction with an individual. Here bellow you will acknowledge some steps you can follow to greet people in the language Spanish in no time.


The most common way to say hello to an individual will be “hola” pronounced as “oh la.” Approach to someone and tell this greeting to start a conversation with.

Be casual

Spanish will not have the equivalent words for “hi” or “hey,” but will offer a variety of phrases and questions to say hello in a more casual statement that will bring a funny and happy environment towards the listener and the one who is telling it. Here below are some of them.

Use the question “qué pasa?” which means “what’s happening?” with people you feel familiar with due to the expression it gives; can be confused for a rude approach instead of a good salutation. “Qué tal?” will mean “what’s up?” and the approach “qué hay?” will mean “what’s new?”

In accordance of time

A day can be separated in 3 stages, for each one of them, the language Spanish will offer some commodities. Say “buenos días” and will literally mean “good morning” if the day is starting and the clock has a “am” mark. It can be used for entering or leaving the area.

Say “buenas tardes” and will literally mean “good afternoon” used when the time is at 12pm and 6pm for formal and informal events.

And the final stage we encounter the “buenas noches” that will literally mean “good evening” used commonly among darkness in absence of the sun light’s on earth. After 6pm and until 12am.


Say “¿Cómo estás?” pronounced as: coh moh ehs tahs will literally mean “how are you?” you can use this when you are speaking informally to someone of your age (or younger).

Also ask someone “¿Cómo está?” pronounced as: coh moh ehs  tah will literally mean “how are you?” Use this when speaking formally to an individual who is much older than you are or that he represents a higher social status.

The plural form of these questions is “¿Cómo están?” pronounced as:  coh moh ehs than, will mean “how are you (all)?” Use this when addressing to a group of individuals.


If you want to sound your expressions to be from different countries, here bellow you will acknowledge the different ways that Spanish language offers on how to address some individual as if you were learning directly from some Latin American country.

Say “hi” in Nicaragua with the expression “oe, que onda salvaje” will literally mean “hey there you savage!” in an informal statement Pronounced as: ohh ehh keh on dahh sal bahh heh.

In Venezuela you they use “epa chamo” for masculine and for females they use “epa chama” pronounced as: “ehh pah cha moh/mah.”

In Puerto Rico they use “Que hubo!” pronounced as: “kehh ooo boh”

In Spain they say “qué hay?” pronounced as: “keh ay”.

In Mexico they say: “Qué bole?” pronounced as: “keh hub oh leh.”

All of the above are casual statements that will be used only with people you feel familiar with and among friends. Otherwise it will sound very rude if you approach the individual due to the lack of prudence the words brings. Feel free to use these phrases among family and friends and bring them joy, not just by the information you are giving, but also with the sounding of the words itself. To be happy is one of the most treasure feelings humans could have.


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