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"Have a good day" in Spanish?

The short answer would be Que tengas un buen día Which express your desire for the other person to actually "have a nice day". "Ten un buen día" is the literal translation but it doesn't express ...
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Where does "Hola" come from? / ¿De dónde viene "Hola"?

Por dejar aquí constancia de lo que opinaba la RAE en el siglo XVIII (Diccionario de Autoridades): HOLA. interj. Modo vulgar de hablar usado para llamar a otro que es inferior. Latín Heus, que es de ...
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Why "buenas noches" when it's only one night?

1. Origin of buenas noches Buenas noches is a contraction of the older Spanish salutations: Id a buenas noches Dios os dé buenas noches This can be seen in the earliest recorded uses of the phrase: ...
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Where does "Hola" come from? / ¿De dónde viene "Hola"?

"Hola" parece venir de voces expresivas para infundir aliento o apresurar el paso, al igual que la palabra "hala" o la voz francesa holá y el hallo inglés. De acuerdo a Wikipedia: ...
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How to close an email

I think it would be good to complete this for other possible readers. Very formal, usually only used in cases where the email/letter will (or can) be used legally or to customers, providers, etc: ....
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"Muchos gracias" o "Mucho gracias", ¿cuál es correcto?

Lo correcto es muchas gracias. En español, el adjetivo debe concordar en género y número con el sustantivo. Como gracias es femenino plural, el adjetivo (en este caso, muchas) también debe estar en ...
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What is the meaning of '¿Qué húbole?'?

This appears to be a colloquial idiom meaning "What happened?" or "What's up?". In a couple of forum questions people mention it's rather common in Mexico and Venezuela. To me (from media exposure to ...
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What is the meaning of '¿Qué húbole?'?

Significa ¿cómo estás?. Es una manera de saludar utilizada popularmente en México, sería más como "quiubole" y su traducción literal sería "Qué hubo". Y tienes muchas razón al argumentar que se ...
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How do you say kissing each other's cheeks in spanish?

To kiss [someone's] cheek in Spanish is besar [a alguien] en la mejilla Among many other meanings, the pronoun se can be used to express reciprocity, so "to kiss each other's cheek" would be "...
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How do you say kissing each other's cheeks in spanish?

I would say something like se dieron dos besos - the location of the kisses is understood in most of the contexts -. I am going to give you something to read: Es llegar a cualquier sitio y, ...
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What's the difference between "Hola, ¿cómo te llamas usted?" and "Hola, ¿cuál es to nombre?" and when would I use one or the other?

Puedes usar cualquiera de las dos frases. Significan lo mismo. La respuesta puede ser de cualquier forma también, no deben corresponder necesariamente: ¿Cómo te llamas? Mi nombre es Pablo. ¿Cuál es ...
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"Have a good day" in Spanish?

Que tenga buen día. or the more familiar, but less commonly heard: Que tengas buen día. Are both very common in Mexico and Guatemala (the countries with which I am most familiar). Even more ...
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Spanish phrase meaning 'thrive without gods'

Well, to begin it should be made clear that, while adiós indeed comes from the phrase a Dios os encomiendo (I entrust you to God), like the phrase ojalá (from لو شاء الله meaning if God wills (it)), ...
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Addressing a person in mail, person has a title

As stated on wikipedia Formal salutations. Only written. "Estimado" (+ name or title "Señor". "Sr." is the abbreviation). For male. Example for a man called Juan García: "Estimado Juan" ...
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Why is "De nada" used as a response to "Gracias"?

In Spanish, the term "de nada" means "[something] of little importance or value". The expression "cosa de nada" has been used for centuries: —Bien puede vuestra merced, señor, concederle el don que ...
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¿Por qué en Colombia se dice "nos estamos viendo / leyendo / hablando" para decir "hasta pronto"?

La expresión, que yo sepa también se usa en Ecuador. (Viví en Ecuador y soy Colombiano) Literalmente es Nos estamos hablando. Quiere decir que incluso si no nos vemos, vamos a seguir hablando. Es ...
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Addressing a person in mail, person has a title

In Spanish the proper way is Dr. (male) or Dra. (female). Both are abbreviations of doctor and doctora, respectively. If you use the whole word, it can be used in lower case, but if you use the ...
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How to close an email

The equivalent to Best Regards or Best would be Atentamente See this quick example: Hola Alfredo, He recibido tu correo. Gracias por tu respuesta. Atentamente, Angel Alvarado
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In '¿Cómo *le* va?', what is the role of 'le'?

They are indirect objects. You can think of them like this: ¿Cómo le/te va? How is life treating you? ¿Qué le/te pasa? What's new with you?/What's wrong with you?/What's happening to you? Le is ...
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What is the origin of the expression "qué tal"?

I found an article that tries to develop some intuitive understanding and grouping of the many idiomatic expressions using tal, at thoughtco.com: Tal is [one] of those words that's best thought of as ...
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Can "Hombre" be translated to "hey"?

In this sentence "man" is just an expression, it does not refer to the actual gender. Therefore "Hey, how are you?" is an acceptable translation. You could also use "Buddy, how are you?".
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¿Es "Hola cara de pez" un saludo en México? ¿Qué significa?

Sí, es un saludo. Tiene la intención de ser un poco gracioso sin implicar nada importante en absoluto. No es una ofensa, es simplemente una forma de saludar de manera muy informal, amistosa y graciosa....
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How do you introduce yourself on the phone in a formal setting?

This depends a lot on the culture, so, as they say, your mileage may vary. For me, using honorifics is mostly out of the question except for señor or señora. Using señorita for unmarried women is ...
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¿Dónde se usa "¿qué pasó?" como fórmula de saludo?

Vamos a hacer una lista colaborativa de países y regiones donde se usa este saludo. Canarias México Estados Unidos León (España) ?
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¿Es "Hola cara de pez" un saludo en México? ¿Qué significa?

En este tiempo de memes y tanta interconexión, continuamente surgen símbolos, imágenes para definir conceptos que ya subyacían pero que nadie se entretuvo en bautizar. Últimamente se ve que se usa ...
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How to close an email

Personally, in Peru, when we talk between work colleagues who are from very different areas (and thus don't know each other), I've seen a lot of people say: Saludos cordiales, Fname Lname... Rest of ...
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Can "Hombre" be translated to "hey"?

Not really. You should just grow accustomed to the fact, that English has Germanic roots, and Spanish is part of the Romance languages. There are things which cannot be directly translated word for ...
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Can "Hombre" be translated to "hey"?

Well, "man" can also be used as "hey bro" or another type of greeting. Spanish is not the same as English: Spanish sometimes uses words that refer not to their literal sense. Although it may be a bit ...
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¿Es "buen día" una forma de decir "hola" sin importar el momento del día?

Buen día y Buenos días son igual acá en México, generalmente cuando cuando saludas a alguien todos los días se saluda con "Buen día", es una forma de decir "que tengas buen día" y "buenos días" es ...
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