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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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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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.
Beso en la mejilla
A kiss on the cheek
Dar la mano
To shake hands
Un apretón de manos
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)
How are you? (formal)
Did you sleep well? (formal)
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!
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See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!
Mauricio Evlampieff: Rocket Spanish
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