Questions tagged [saludos]

Questions about the verbal interchanges between people at meeting, greeting, departing, answering the telephone, etc.

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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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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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¿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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¿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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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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¡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 ...
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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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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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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 ...