4 Formal and Informal Ways of Greeting Someone you Meet

FAMILIAR OR INFORMAL WAYS OF GREETING

tu and vosotros(as) are used to address people you know and with young people.

  • Hola Manuel, ¿qué tal? [Hello, how are you?]
  • Bien, ¿y tú? [Fine and you?]
  • Bien, gracias [Fine, thank you]
  • ……………
  • Hola Manuel, ¿cómo estás? [Hello, how are you?]
  • Muy bien, ¿y tú? [Very well, thank you]
  • Bien, gracias [Fine, thank you]
  • ……………
  • Adios [Goodbye]
  • Adios [Goodbye]

I am always doing things I can’t do; that’s how I get to do them. – Pablo Picasso

FORMAL WAYS OF GREETING

Usted and ustedes are used with peoples you meet for the first time, estrangers and people you do not know very well or to whom you want to show respect. They are used more widely in South America than in Spain where the tu and the vosotros (as) form of address is generally used.

  • Le presento al señor Juan Pérez, jefe del departamento de ventas
  • Mucho gusto, señor Pérez
  • ………………
  • Le presento al señor Pedro Días [May I introduce you to Mr Pedro Días]
  • Mucho gusto señor Días
  • ………………
  • Adios [Goodbye]
  • Adios [Goodbye]

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Dame pan y llámame tonto. [Give me bread and call me stupid.– Spanish Proverb]
Meaning: I have no problem in you calling me stupid as so long as you remember to give me bread to eat.

See also

http://www.ehow.com/how_4994642_say-spanish.html

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