It may seem like a small part of a vast language, but Spanish greetings could well be one of the most important parts of your Spanish speaking skill.
Given that the majority of us are going to be visiting Spanish speaking countries, or intermittently seeing people, we really should have our Spanish greetings up to par.
In our own language there’s never any problem and we instinctively know, from years of practice, how to greet someone correctly, how to send our regards to another and how to say goodbye in the right way.
In another language, of course, things just aren’t as simple. To get it right, as we are discovering, we cannot simply translate what we say in our own language into Spanish.
What are you up to?
For example, we often ask others, “What are you up to?” an expression impossible to translate directly. Rather, it’s common to say in Spain, “¿Qué te cuentas?” which translates as, “What are you telling yourself?”
Saying goodbye also has its challenges.
In English we often say, “See you later.” whereas in Spanish, they tend to say, “Hasta luego.” which translates as, “Until then.” or “Nos vemos” which means, “We´ll see each other.”
Getting it Right.
The point is with these Spanish greetings and farewells that unless you know them, there’s no way you can get them right.
The same applies to the act of sending your regards. There’s a very specific way of doing so and not only that, but when someone sends their regards, there’s a very specific way that you should reply.
What are they? Well, the way to find out is to watch or listen to the podcast and listen to how we use these important Spanish greetings in conversation which is often the best way to learn them. After all, that’s how we learnt our own language.
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Gracias a todos por vuestra atención. Suerte con vuestros estudios.
Gordon y Cynthia 🙂
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