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Good Morning in Spanish

The word for Good Morning in Spanish is Buenos días; however there are some other helpful expressions you can use to go along with it. Find out words for the different ways to say Good Morning in Spanish with this free lesson.

Saying "good morning" to Spanish people can make a huge difference to how you are perceived, especially by elderly people. Addressing someone or a group of people by saying "good morning" when you enter a shop or any other public place, is always considered a sign of good manners and education. Please keep in mind that this phrase varies according to the time of the day!

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How to say Good Morning in Spanish

The Spanish word that is used to say "good morning" is buenos días. But being among friends, you can address them by by simply saying "Hi!"

Note that you can use the expression buenos días when you enter a place and also when you leave, as a way to express the person or group of people have a good day.

Now let's practice some of these phrases:

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Buenos días

Good morning

Buen día

Good day


Hello! / Hi!

Que tengas buen día

Have a good day (casual)

Que tengas un lindo día

Have a nice day (casual)

Que tenga buen día

I hope you have a good day (formal)

Hola señorita, buenos días

Hello miss, good morning (formal)

Buen día caballero

Good day gentleman

If you are being introduced to someone, it is common in Latin America to kiss the person on the cheek, which can be surprising to some foreigners! Most countries in Latin America consider a kiss on the cheek acceptable between a woman and a man, between two women, mother-children (regardless of their age), and less often between two men (it is a common practice in Argentina and Uruguay). It is also important to note that in Spain is common to give a kiss on each cheek! Along with the kiss there is usually also a handshake involved.

For more formal events, a handshake will do.


To kiss

Beso en la mejilla

A kiss on the cheek

Dar la mano

To shake hands

Un apretón de manos

A handshake

When you are greeting someone in the morning, you can also ask some friendly questions like:

¿Qué tal va tu mañana?

How is your morning going? (casual)

¿Qué tal va su mañana?

How is your morning going? (formal)

¿Cómo está?

How are you? (formal)

¿Durmió bien?

Did you sleep well? (formal)

¿Descansaste bien?

Did you rest? (casual)

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it, that you learned new expressions, bettered your pronunciation, and that you're now ready to greet Spanish speakers in the morning!

Learn more Spanish salutations here! Here are some recommended lessons:

See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!

Mauricio Evlampieff: Rocket Spanish

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