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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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How do you say "nice to meet you" in Spanish?

As you indicate in the question Encantado de conocerte / conocerle may be the best option. If it is a formal context I would favor the "usted" form. Other forms would be Mucho gusto en ...
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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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Sign an email with "team MyCompany" in Spanish: equipo?

You could certainly use equipo RocketNutsCorp But it would sound to me like you are one of many teams in a competition (Hackathon or the like) If you say El equipo de RocketNutsCorp Then it ...
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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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"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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Difference between "adiós" and "chau"?

Traditionally, adiós is used for someone leaving for an extended period of time or with no expectation of seeing them again. Chau is informal, and would virtually always imply you'd be expecting to ...
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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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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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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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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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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

This question is really interesting to me. You are not saying anything about the father (if there is one) and that factor could influence too how the boy speaks. I don't know Mexican culture well ...
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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

In general, "mamá" is perfectly acceptable and the most common (I would say). However, "amá" or "ma" are very common among Mexicans as well, so nothing wrong with them either. If I had to choose one ...
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How do you respond to "saludos a todos"

You can reply with the usual forms hola buenos días, etc... Even if the speaker seems to be trying to reach a broad audience, you don't need to go with anything special, like "saludos a ti también" ...
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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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"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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How to introduce myself to my teacher?

If you say: Me llamo Marco following then with mi nombre es Marco is redundant. Instead of saying Mi nombre es Marco. Mi apellido es Cruz You could say Mi nombre es Marco Cruz Most people are ...
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What's the formal, genderless way to greet someone in a letter?

There is actually a genderless way to translate Greetings that I can think of. You can use: Saludos, (person's name): For example: Saludos, María: Saludos, José:
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What's the formal, genderless way to greet someone in a letter?

There are many approaches for this that may depend on the context. Also, note that it is usual to use forms like "querido/a", etc. to make sure either men and women feel mentioned. So there is no need ...
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"Happy birthday" in Spanish?

Well, I don't know in Spain but in Latin America we say Feliz cumpleaños = Happy birthday Feliz cumpleaños [nombre] = Happy birthday [name] Feliz cumpleaños [nombre de cariño] = Happy ...
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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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