How do you say hello in Spanish?

Saying hello in Spanish might seem fairly simple, right?

But is it? Here are ten ways to say hello in Spanish that you probably haven’t heard about.

It’s like saying hello in English; we don’t always just say “hello” and often our greetings have a number of complexities and nuances that we don’t even realize.

Here are ten ways to say hello in Spanish that you probably haven’t heard about, yet they are so, so important if you want to feel like you’re speaking Spanish like a native. So here they are:

    1. Hola – the most basic one. So for example, the sentence hola, que tal, vengo porque mi padre no me deja comer dulces todo el dia means, in English, hi, how are you, I came here because my father doesn’t let me eat candy all day.

    2. Buenos días – so this doesn’t literally mean “hi”, but in real life in any Spanish country, it’s used almost as often as “hola”. It means “good day to you”. Take for instance this phrase: Buenos diás, ¿Como esta usted y como esta la familia? Can be translated as: good day, how are you and how’s the family doing?

    3. Es bueno volver a verte – it’s good to see you again. Es bueno volver a verte, amigo mío, for example, means it’s good to see you again, my friend.

    4. ¿Cómo estás? – How are you? So for instance, Hola, John, dime, ¿Cómo estás, y en qué puedo ayudarte? means Hello, John, so tell me, how are you and what can I help you with?

    5. Hola, nena – Hey baby. The phrase, Hola nena… ¡Qué tal! Ya te extrañaba means, in English, hey baby, how are you? I missed you.

    6. Buenas tardes – Good afternoon. If you want to greet multiple people, you can say buenas tardes a todos, which means good afternoon to all of you.

    7. Buenas noches – Good evening. You can also use it in the middle of a sentence, such as in ¿te doy un bejo de buenas noches?, meaning do I give you a good night kiss?

    8. Sean bienvenidos – Welcome (to all of you). So for example, sean bienvenidos a la verdad de Dios means welcome to the truth of God.

    9. Bienvenidos – Welcome.

    10. ¿Hola, que tal? – Hello, how are you?

    Now you have several to say hello in Spanish and can finally walk into a pub in Barcelona and chat with the opposite sex and get something good going there. Of course, the problem is that in Barcelona they might speak Catalan… oh well!