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Spanish Conversation for Beginners

Holding a conversation can be natural for some and difficult for others. Moreover, anything that you want to become good at requires a lot of time, dedication, practice, and effort. Practice saying these basic greetings and questions that are most commonly used and you will learn how to start a conversation in Spanish.  

¡Hola!

To begin a conversation in Spanish, similar to English, you can begin with the simple greeting, “¡Hola!” In English, this means “Hello!”

Buenos días

Depending on the time of day, there are several ways that you can greet people. If it’s morning, you can say “Buenos días” which means “Good morning!”

Buenas Tardes

If you are interested in greeting someone in the afternoon, you can greet them by saying “Buenas tardes” which means “Good afternoon.”

Buenas Noches

If you are interested in greeting someone in the evening, you can greet them by saying “Buenas Noches” which means “Good evening.”

Start a Spanish Conversation: Say Goodbye

When a conversation or event comes to a close, you can use these common four common ways to end the conversation.

Adiós

If you are leaving someone or an event, you can simply tell them “adiós” which means “Goodbye.” 

Buenas Noches

If you are leaving an event or someone for the night, you can say goodbye to them by saying “Buenas Noches” which means “goodnight.”

Hasta Luego

If you have the intention to see someone again, you can tell them “hasta luego” which is a simple way of saying “see you later.”

Hasta mañana

If you plan on seeing someone the next day, simply let them know this by saying “hasta mañana” which is a nice way of saying “See you tomorrow!”

Hasta la próxima Semana

If you plan on seeing someone next week, simply let them know this by saying “Hasta la próxima Semana” which is a nice way of saying “See you next week!”

Hasta el próximo lunes

If you plan on seeing someone next Monday, simply let them know this by saying “Hasta el próximo lunes” which is a nice way of saying “See you next Monday!”

Basic Spanish Conversation Questions

Spanish questions and answers

¿cómo estás? (familiar)

If you are genuinely interested in knowing how someone is doing, who is a family member, friend, or the same age as you, you would say to them “¿cómo estás?” which simply means “how are you?”

¿cómo está usted? (formal)

If you are speaking to someone, who is older than you are or they are in an authority position (i.e. teacher, professor, supervisor, or government official), you would say to them “¿cómo está usted?” which simply means “how are you?”

¿Qué tal?

If you are speaking to someone and you want to know “how is it going?”, you can simply say to them, “¿Qué tal?”

Spanish Conversation Phrases

Bien.

If you are responding to someone who wanted to know how you were doing, a simple response by saying “bien,” which means “fine,” is good enough.

Mal.

If you are responding to someone who wanted to know how you were doing, and you aren’t personally doing too well. Let them know with the response “mal” which means “bad.” 

Más o Menos.

If you are responding to someone who wanted to know how you were doing, and you are doing so-so. Let them know with the response “más o menos” which literally means more or less.”

Muy bien. 

If you are responding to someone who wanted to know how you were doing, and you are doing very well. Let them know by saying “muy bien.”

Regular o Ok.

If you are responding to someone who wanted to know how you were doing, and you are doing ok. Let them know by saying either one of these phrases “regular” or “ok.”

Start a Spanish Conversation: Counter-Responses

¿Y tú? (familiar)

After you have responded to someone question, who is a family member, friend, or the same age as you, you can reply back to them to keep the conversation going with the following question: “and you?

¿Y usted? (formal)

After you have responded to someone’s question, who is older than you are or they are in an authority position (i.e. teacher, professor, supervisor, or government official), you can reply back to them to keep the conversation going with the following question: “and you?

¿Qué Pasa?

If you are talking to someone and you want to know “what’s up?“, you can simply say to them, “¿Qué Pasa?

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