15 ways to say Hello and Goodbye in Spanish

As in most languages there is a multitude of ways to say hello and goodbye to people in Spanish. Ranging from the formal to very informal here is a list to get you going. Getting practice in having a conversation in Spanish all starts with saying hello.

  • Saying hello in Spanish
    1. Hola (Hello)
    2. Hola, ¿qué tal? (Hello, how are things?)
    1. Hola, ¿cómo estás? (Hello, how are you?)
    2. Hola, ¿qué hay? (hello, what’s up?)
    3. Buenos días (good morning)
    4. Buenas tardes (good afternoon)
    5. Buenas noches (good evening/good night)
    6. Buenas (very informal, to be used at any time)
  • Saying goodbye in Spanish
    1. Hasta luego (see you later)
    2. Adiós (good bye)
    3. Hasta mañana (see you tomorrow)
    4. Hasta pronto (see you soon)
    5. Hasta la próxima (until next time)
    6. Hasta el lunes (see you on Monday)
    7. Hasta ahora (see you in a minute)

Besos in Spanish means kisses. In Spain people often kiss when meeting. Women will kiss other women and men, and men will kiss women and close male friends or family members. Everyone kisses children.