Break the Ice with Simple Spanish Greetings

Break the Ice with Simple Spanish Greetings

If you can’t start a conversation, you’ll never learn a new language. Introverts, I feel your pain. But if you really want to become fluent, you must learn some simple Spanish greetings.

And use them. A lot. So let’s get to it.

Simple Spanish Greetings

Let’s start with the easiest of all. These are one word gems:


Hi. Hello.

A standard vanilla greeting.


Greetings. Salutations.

Sounds funny in English but just fine in Spanish.

Simple Spanish Greetings Based On Time

Simple Spanish Greetings about Time

Now let’s get wild and try some two word greetings based on the time of day. Show off your mad clock reading skills with:

Buenos días.

Good morning / Good day.

Literally, goods days. I promise to explain why this is plural in a future post. For now, just learn that it’s said with the plural s’s.

Buenas tardes.

Good afternoon / Good evening.

Literally, goods afternoons. Again, plural.

Buenas noches.

Good evening / Good night.

Literally, goods nights.

Now Let’s Start Some Real Conversations…

Conversations with simple Spanish greetings

So far we’ve kept things easy. One or two word simple Spanish greetings leave you in control of the conversation. This is often a big deal for beginners who live in constant fear of, “What if I ask a question and have no idea what they say back to me?”

That would be fantastic! The only way to learn more Spanish is to be exposed to words, phrases, and verb tenses that you don’t know or aren’t comfortable using yourself.

So, come on! Jump in the deep end. Soon you’ll be swimming through an ocean of simple Spanish greetings like an old pro.

Get the conversation going with:

¿Cómo estás?

¿Cómo estás? – How are you?

¿Cómo te va?

¿Cómo te va? – How’s it going?

Literally, “How does it go to you?”

¿Cómo te sientes?

¿Cómo te sientes? – How are you feeling?

This features a fun reflexive pronoun. The literal translation would be “How do you feel yourself?” Quite well, thanks!

¿Qué tal?

¿Qué tal? – How are things? / How’s it going?

A doozy for beginners! But only because it doesn’t have a good direct translation to English. Literally, you’re asking “What such?”But don’t worry about it. Just remember, you’re asking how things are going with two easy words. Jackpot!

¿Qué tal tu día?

¿Qué tal tu día? – How’s your day been?

Or, “What such your day?”

¿Cómo está todo?

¿Cómo está todo? – How’s everything?

¿Qué lo que pasa?

¿Qué lo que pasa? – What’s happening?

Want to show off your informal greeting skills? This is your best option. Break it down literally, and you’re saying “What it that happens?”

Go Break the Ice

Once you’ve got the conversation is flowing, the possibilities are endless for:

  • learning Spanish
  • meeting interesting people
  • starting fascinating conversations
  • discovering something new

Try this Simple Spanish Greetings Exercise

Here’s a little challenge… Can you use all of these greetings by the end of the day? Or maybe between today and tomorrow? Don’t waste any time, get right to it. And share your experiences in the comments below.

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