Lesson 2 – Spanish Greetings and Pleasantries

Introduction

In the first lesson I talked about all the various rules of Spanish pronunciation, which is a helpful thing to know if you’re trying to speak Spanish or read Spanish aloud.  Be sure to watch that lesson first if you struggle with Spanish pronunciation.  Now the fun begins–actually speaking!  We’ll start out with the things you commonly say when you first see someone:  Hi!  How are you?  What’s your name?  and so on.  We’ll also learn a few polite things to say, like “Please,” “Thank you,” and “Excuse me.”  Here’s my introduction to the lesson on Spanish Greetings and Pleasantries:

 

Lesson 2.1

Greetings and Goodbyes

Here’s a video with a few different common greetings and goodbyes in Spanish, along with some pronunciation tips.  The phrases taught are:

Hola = Hello

Adiós = Goodbye

Buenos días = Good morning

Buenas tardes = Good afternoon

Buenas noches = Good evening/Good night

Hasta luego = See you later

Hasta mañana = See you tomorrow

Hasta la próxima = Until next time

Que le vaya bien = Have a good day

Be sure to print out the free flash cards that go with this video lesson; the link is below the video.

Here are some flashcards for you to download and use for practicing your Spanish greetings and goodbyes.  You can print these cards on both sides of heavy paper or cardstock and cut them out, or print them on 2-sided business cards (Avery template 8376).  Click the links below to open up the flashcards (PDF files).

Greetings and Goodbyes English/Spanish Flashcards

Greetings and Goobyes Image/Spanish Flashcards

 

Lesson 2.2

How Are You?

In this video I teach you how to say “How are you?” in Spanish, and several common responses to “How are you.” You’ll learn all the following Spanish phrases:

How are you? = ¿Cómo está?

Very well, thank you! = Muy bien, ¡gracias!

Fine, thank you. = Bien, gracias.

That’s great! = ¡Qué bien!

So-so. = Más o menos.

Not very well. = No muy bien.

Very bad. = Muy mal.

I’m sorry. = Lo siento.

And you? = ¿Y usted?

Be sure to click the link below this video for access to bonus flashcards and an audio clip to practice the phrases you learn!

Here’s an audio clip and some flashcards for you to download and use for practicing saying and responding to “How are you?” in Spanish.  You can print these cards on both sides of heavy paper or cardstock and cut them out, or print them on 2-sided business cards (Avery template 8376).  Click the links below to open up the flashcards (PDF files).

How are you? Audio Clip

How are You English/Spanish Flashcards

How are You Image/Spanish Flashcards

Lesson 2.3

Being Polite

Being polite is an important part of being professional.  The phrases covered in this portion of the lesson include:

Por favor (Please).  This is one of my favorite phrases because of how versatile it is.  It’s actually a great communication strategy to say “Por favor” while you gesture to indicate what you’d like the person to do (sit down, hand you their coat, lend you a pen, etc.).

Gracias/Muchas gracias (Thank you/Thank you very much).

De nada (You’re welcome).

No hay problema (It’s no problem).

Un momento, por favor (One moment, please).

Con permiso (Excuse me [as in, I’m coming through, please step aside]).

Perdón (Excuse me [as in, pardon me/forgive me for interrupting/committing a socially unacceptable blunder, etc.])

This bipartisan video includes some cute cats and a burp.  Enjoy!

Lesson 2.4

Spanish Introductions

We’re all familiar with the introduction ritual.  In this video, you’ll learn these common introduction phrases:

¿Cómo se llama?  (What’s your name?)

Me llamo… (My name is…)

Le presento a… (I’d like to introduce you to….)

Mucho gusto. (Nice to meet you.)

Igualmente!  (Likewise!)

…and a few other phrases, too!

 

 

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