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Spanish Lesson Two: Greetings And Responses

Updated on June 24, 2012

Before You Read

Hey guys! It's that time of the week again. I'm going to start Lesson Two: Greetings and Responses today to get a good deal of the basics out of the way. Before You Read, take a moment to read Lesson One: Learning A Little At A Time. I also want to hear any feedback from the homework from Lesson One. So Here's Lesson Two, first let me add on to the last lesson.

Advanced Pronunciation

Below are some other characters you will commonly see in the Spanish language. I will then explain how to pronounce those characters. The follow words have a Diacritic (Accent Mark) on the top of the letters, asking that you stress the sound of the letter a bit more when using it:

Á- Long Spanish "a" sound

É- Long Spanish "e" sound

Í- Long Spanish "i" sound

Ó- Long Spanish "o" sound

Ú- Long Spanish "u" sound


Warm Up

Pronounce These Words:

Tú: You

Tomás: Spanish equivalence to "Thomas"

Hielo: Ice (the H is silent in this case)

Cacahuate: Peanut (The hu combination creates a "w" effect)

Libro: Book

Define These Words:



Me Llamo









Easy Greetings For Beginners

So in an earlier section I taught you about accented letters in words to help you understand their meaning. It's really not too difficult, just stress that vowel sound a little more than normal. When you say "i" is sounds like an "e"... just stress that "e" sound a little longer and you'll get the sound associated with the accented i, which is í. Here are some easy greetings to get you going! Try these out with a friend or a native speaker if you want. Remember, we're learning "A Little At A Time." Here are two basic questions you'll be greeted with when speaking Spanish with others:

¡Hola!- Hello! (When excited, you'll use an exclamation mark just like in English. You'll have that upside down one to begin your sentence.)

¿Cómo estás?- How are you? (Note that there are accented vowels in both words. Make sure you pronounce those to maintain the meaning of your question. Also note the upside down "?" that starts the sentence. This is how all questions in Spanish are formatted.)

¿Qué pasa?- What's happening? (English equivalent to "what's up". Also note that the "u" is silent in the first word, so pronounce it as if the letter "u" does no exist. It is the literal sound of the letter "k" in English)

You can also say...

Buenos días- Good morning (note the accent over the "i" in "días")

Buenos tardes- Good afternoon

Buenos noches- Good evening

How To Respond

¿Cómo estás?- This question is asking "how are you?" Like English we're going to answer this the same way by telling us how we're doing right here and now. Usually we're...

Fine- Bien

Quite well- Bastante bien

Very well- Muy bien

So so- Asi asi

Bad- Mal

Sick- Enfermo (if you're a male)/ Enferma (if you're a female)

Tired- Cansado (if you're a male)/ Cansada (if you're a female)

Don't forget to say Thank You! Gracias is the word for this.

If you want to say "I am" to sound more formal, use the word "Estoy" for "I am..."

Be nice, ask them how they are too!! Ask...

¿Y tú?- And you? (Use this when talking among friends and family)- "Y" takes on a "long e" sound when standing alone.

¿Y usted?- And you? (Use this when speaking to your elders and among people you hold in high regard.)

¿Qué pasa?- Just like in English, answer this by saying what's up. Here are some simple responses.

Nothing- Nada

Nothing much- Nada mucho

Same 'ol, same 'ol- Lo mismo

You can also ask ¿Qué hay de nueva?- What's new? in place of ¿Qué pasa?

Note: There will be more responses to these questions as we continue on in learning Spanish "A Little At A Time" so keep up with the lessons to learn more!! Next week we're going to continue simple conversational Spanish and get to know the person we're talking to and asking them What is your name? Where are you from?How old are you? And more!!


Ending The Conversation

When you want to end the conversation you can say these simple phrases. The words in parenthesis represent the literal Spanish translation for your notes:

Good night- Buenos noches

Until later- Hasta luego

See you (until) soon- Hasta pronto

Until next time- Hasta La Vista

Have (that you have) a good day- Que tengas un buen dia

Goodbye- Adíos/ Chao



Your homework is pretty easy, just make a conversation with what you learned. You don't have to write it or turn it in, just get a good idea of how simple conversations can take place. Thanks for much for reading and Hasta La Vista!! :)


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      Patrick Angels 

      8 months ago

      So interesting, I'm blessed by this.

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      I LOVE IT!

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      AE Williams 

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      Thank you! I appreciate your feedback! :)

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      I love your page!

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      AE Williams 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks a lot J. I appreciate your visit and comment. :)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      7 years ago from Pune, India

      Useful Hub for all those who are learning Spanish language. Thank you for sharing.

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      AE Williams 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Aww! Thanks Sheila. I'm so glad you're enjoying them. And no, you're not behind. You can go at whatever pace you feel like. This is learning "A Little At A Time." So take your time... no worries. :) I'm just excited to have one more view and comment on my lessons. Catch you around the hubs!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love your Spanish lessons! I'm just sorry I haven't been keeping up with them. I will try to do lesson three tomorrow, I am getting behind! Voted up and very useful! Hasta pronto! (No upside down exclamation mark ...) :)

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      AE Williams 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Lol... wow. Glad you learned something lol!

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      Mariah Aiken 

      7 years ago from Moncks Corner, South Carolina

      Ahh so that's what they're saying? Someone told me Buenos Dias the other day and I replied " Beans and Tacos to you too! " I feel so relieved, somewhat.

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      AE Williams 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Yay!! Thanks a lot Toombs!! Yeah, I noticed that there were no "language learning" articles and such... so I decided to put them on here! Thanks a lot. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a great hub, crazed! I never thought about learning a language on hubpages. Brilliant! :) Voted up and more.


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