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What is the origin of the expression “qué tal”?

Even though everyone understands the meaning of this common expression, I am totally at a loss when trying to analyze it syntactically. The word tal is according to the RAE dictionary, an adjective, a ...
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Why is “De nada” used as a response to “Gracias”?

De means "of", and nada means "nothing", so why, when put together, are they used in response to Gracias?
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Origen de la expresión “hasta mañana” y similares

Ayer mi hijo el mayor me sorprendió con una pregunta que me hizo reflexionar un poco: ¿por qué usamos "hasta" cuando decimos "hasta mañana" o "hasta luego" para expresar que no volveremos a ver a ...
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How do you say kissing each other's cheeks in spanish?

I'm referring to when you greet each other.
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¿Dónde se usa “¿qué pasó?” como fórmula de saludo?

Mis abuelos maternos eran de Tenerife. Solían utilizar "¿qué pasó?" en el momento de saludar a alguien. Lo he oído también a otras personas cuando he estado en esa isla, con el significado de "¿qué ...
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In '¿Cómo *le* va?', what is the role of 'le'?

What is the role of 'le' in the sentence: ¿Cómo le va? And the role of 'te' in '¿Cómo te va?' What is the role of 'le' and 'te' in the sentences like: ¿Qué te pasa? ¿Qué le pasa?
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What is the meaning of '¿Qué húbole?'?

I have heard the following dialogue in the Narcos TV series: —¿Qué húbole? —¿Qué pasó? —Que las mataron. Había como seis o siete niñas ahí. Context: Two co-workers meet by chance at the door ...
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“Buen noche”: Buen with feminine nouns?

What is the dialectal use of "buen noche"? It doesn't sound right to me, as "noche" is feminine, but, to be sure, I've make a Google search, and I've found several occurrences, including books. ...
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Mucho gusto en/de conocerlo?

Is it correct to use "(mucho) gusto en conocerlo" for a formal greeting? My question is about the "lo", it sounds like the neutral "lo", a bit like the English pronoun "it". Isn't it the case? I ...
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Phrase often used by waiters when the patron is leaving

I hear this phrase often from waiters at restaurants when a patron is leaving, but they say it so quickly that I can't recognize what they say; it seems that the last word is "bien" and the whole ...
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Where does “Hola” come from? / ¿De dónde viene “Hola”?

The word "Hola" is probably the most used salutation in the Spanish language. Some say it comes from Latin, others that it is an Arabic word, others claim English roots... (I'm sure details will be ...
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How to close an email

What is a good way to close an email in Spanish? I need something equal to closing with Best, in English to write back to a Spanish speaking colleague.
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Sign an email with “team MyCompany” in Spanish: equipo?

If in English I would write: Kind regards, team RocketNutsCorp Is this a proper translation in español: Saludos cordiales, equipo RocketNutsCorp Or should I use something with "el personal ...
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How do you introduce yourself on the phone in a formal setting?

We've had a question about identifying yourself when initiating a phone conversation, for an informal situation. But what if you are making a formal call? What if you address the other person ...
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Can “Hombre” be translated to “hey”?

In the "Mi Vida Loca" BBC episodes (a nice intro to Spanish), I came across the sentence: Hombre, ¿qué tal? and it was translated to: Hey, how are you? I though hombre meant "man": can it also ...
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Why “buenas noches” when it's only one night?

Why do we say buenas noches and buenas tardes when they refer to only one night/afternoon? ¿Por qué se dice "buenas noches" y "buenas tardes" cuando se refieren solo a una noche o tarde?
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¿Qué quiere decir “señorito”?

Me gustaría saber si alguien te dice "Sí señorito" o algo así, por ejemplo, en Colombia, te está burlando o si se trata de una frase normal. Yo personalmente solo la he oído un par de veces en ...
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“Muchos gracias” o “Mucho gracias”, ¿cuál es correcto?

Estudio español en mi escuela y no sé qué es correcto decir a mis amigos y profesores. Normalmente digo "Muchos gracias". ¿De hecho hay alguna diferencia?
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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

I'm writing a novel. One of the characters is a U. S. born teenage boy (living in Texas) whose mother is Mexican. Which of the following words would be more suitable for the boy to address his mom ...
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¿Qué significa 'va' en “Nos vemos después, ¿va?”

Hoy, por chat, una amiga de México dijo: Nos vemos depués, ¿va? Entiendo "Nos vemos después", ¿pero qué significa "va" en este contexto?
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Translation of “Welcome back!”

In English, if someone has been gone for a while and has recently returned, it's common to greet them by saying, "Welcome back!" (or "Welcome back from your trip!", etc). What is the most natural way ...
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Why is it that the morning greeting “buenos dias” is used in the plural? [duplicate]

All other languages I know use a singular word for "day" or "morning" in such a greeting. The English say "good morning", the French "bonjour", the Portuguese "bom dia", Germans say "guten Tag" and ...
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¿Es “buen día” una forma de decir “hola” sin importar el momento del día?

En general, estamos de acuerdo en que Buenos días se dice por la mañana. Sin embargo, acabo de leer en un chat: A — Buenos días. B — uy buenas tardes por aquí, @A. C — @B el saludo internacional es &...
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How do you say “nice to meet you” in Spanish?

Say you are in Spain and you get introduced to someone in a, let's say, formal context: how do you say "nice to meet you"? Also, is there any difference in Latin America? And what if you are in an ...
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Origen y uso de “buen provecho” en Puerto Rico - Local Use and Meaning

At a restaurant, it is customary for the waiter or waitress to say buen provecho to wish us good eating. I considered it roughly the same as bon apetit in French or English. However, I started ...
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“Happy birthday” in Spanish?

Say you have a Spanish friend and today is his/her birthday. How can you say "happy birthday" in an appropriate way? Muchas felicidades Is my guess but it probably depends on the context and on ...
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Spanish phrase meaning 'thrive without gods'

Blame it on all the cowboy movies, but I've always enjoyed the sound of 'adios' as a farewell. I don't want to be burdened by the superstitious baggage that 'adios' brings with it. Can someone invent ...
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“Bueno” as hello or greeting?

In the US State I live in, I sometimes hear Spanish speakers greet one another by simply staying "Bueno". I didn't hear this when I was recently in Mexico, although I realize I may just have not ...
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When is it appropriate to say “buenos días”?

English It looks like "buenos días" is most commonly translated as "good morning," although apparently it can mean "good day" as well (like a literal translation would ...
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What does “que lo que” (“klk” in chat) mean?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the Spanish ...
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Is it bad to address a young male as “señor”?

I was recently in Mallorca, at a restaurant I address the waiter as "señor". He was probably in his early 30's, he said that I should not use señor, but another word (which I unfortunately don't ...
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¿Es “Hola cara de pez” un saludo en México? ¿Qué significa?

Me han saludado diciéndome eso. Yo le he preguntado que por qué me decía eso. Y me respondió que es un saludo de México. Y me pregunto si es verdad y qué significado tiene
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¿Qué significa “nariz de bola”?

Hoy en chat, una amiga me saludó con: Hola hola nariz de bola! La pregunté que quería decir, y solo me dijo que es un saludo agredable. Pero todavía quiero saber que significa. ¿Es una frase ...
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Equivalent of “To whom it may concern:”

When writing formal letters in English where there is no named recipient (for example, a job application sent to a Human Resources department, or a letter sent to an organization in general as opposed ...
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How to introduce myself to my teacher?

How can I introduce myself using Spanish language? Is this correct? Me llamo Marco. Mi nombre es Marco. Mi apellido es Cruz. Tengo 22 años. Soy filipino. Soy de Filipinas. Soy de Cebú. Hablo ...
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How to say “Nice to see you again”? [closed]

If a doctor was seeing a patient again and wanted to say: Nice to see you again! How would he say so in Spanish?
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“Have a good day” in Spanish?

I really like the usage of the sentence "Have a good day" in English. It gives a good vibration when saying goodbye to someone. In Spanish is not very common to use it, so every time I want to use it ...
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Addressing a person in mail, person has a title

I would like to address a person with a medical Dr. title formally in mail. In English it is simple, just adding the title: "Dear Dr. X." In German, on the other hand, it is a bit more complex: I also ...
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¿Por qué en Colombia se dice “nos estamos viendo / leyendo / hablando” para decir “hasta pronto”?

Mis amigos colombianos con frecuencia cosas como: - Bueno, me voy. Nos estamos viendo. - Me tengo que ir. ¡Nos estamos hablando! Yo lo entiendo como un "hasta luego", "seguimos en contacto" e ...
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What's the formal, genderless way to greet someone in a letter?

In English, I would start a letter like this: Greetings <person's name>, (...) I'm trying to replace "greetings" with a word or an expression in Spanish that could work with both men and ...
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Why isn't “good morning” “buenas mañanas”?

"Good afternoon" is "buenas tardes", and "Good night/evening" is "buenas noches". Then why isn't "good morning" "buenas mañanas" instead of "buenos días"?
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How do you respond to “saludos a todos”

What is the correct response when someone says to you Saludos a todos
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¿Cómo se dice, “How's it going”?

En inglés, se puede utilizar la expresión, "How's it going?" como una manera de preguntar cómo está alguien. La frase es informal y tiene un significado similar al "¿Cómo estás?" Sin embargo, cuando ...
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¿Por qué la gente se ríe cuando me presento como “Fénix, como el ave”?

Mi nombre es Fénix — muy raro aún en inglés. Cuando me presento a la gente en Suramérica, a menudo se malinterpreta mi nombre como "Felix". Entonces, me he acostumbrado presentarme así: "Soy Fénix, ...
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What's the most appropriate way to stop someone on the street and ask if they speak English?

I learned I can do it in following ways: ¿Disculpe, hablas tú inglés? ¿Disculpe, tú hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe, habla usted inglés? ¿Disculpe, usted habla inglés? ¿Disculpe, hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe,...
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What is the most common way to answer the phone?

What is the most universally-used greeting when answering the phone (i.e. way to say, "Hello?")? Are there any circumstances where the greeting would be different (for example, when answering a phone ...
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Neither official nor sweet salutation in letter

I know a woman in Spain which is much older than me, I respect her, however our relationship is very informal. Yes, sí la trato de usted, but otherwise our relationship is very informal and friendly - ...
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Alternatives to “ya me voy”

"Ya me voy" is sometimes heard often; for example at the end of the workday. What alternative phrases convey a similar meaning? "Me marcho" comes to mind, but it seems to connote walking in formation. ...
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¡Buenas! greeting in morning

Another question brings up the fact that in many countries, ¡Buenas! is used as a greeting (as an abbreviation of Buenas tardes or Buenas noches). In regions where this is the case, what should be ...