Hello in Spanish = Hola!
Pronounce it “oh-la,” remembering to keep the “h” silent
There are many ways to say hello in Spanish, but in general, hola is the most common and the most preferred. But if you’re new to Spanish, it’s good for you to know several other ways that you can say hello in Spanish or how to say hi in Spanish. There are both formal and informal ways to say hello in Spanish and I’m going to help you understand them here quickly in this article.
Learning to say hi in another language is the best way to help you lose that feeling of being an outsider. It instantly allows you to start a conversation or break silence when you’re not quite sure what to say. I guess this can really be said with your native language as well, but when it comes to not know how to speak Spanish, it’s the first step in your Spanish language journey.
Let’s take a look at some other ways that you can say hello in Spanish. If you’re going to say hello in Spanish with let’s say someone you already know, well or not so well but you still feel comfortable with them, you could say:
“¿Que pasa?” means “What’s happening?”
“¿Qúe tal?” means “How’s it going?” or “What’s up?”
“¿Que hay?” means “What’s new?”
Often times common Spanish phrases can be combined together with the word hola to form a full introduction phrase. In fact, it would be really weird in most conversations to start with hello and then not follow up with anything else haha. Let’s go ahead and take a look at another way of saying hello in Spanish. If we take a look at how you say hello in Spanish in other countries, each country really has the formal way, which we talked about above, and then they have their regional way of saying hi.
Below are some great examples of how to say hello in Spanish in a few different countries.
Say “hi” in Venezuelan Spanish
You could say the phrase, “¡Epa chamo!” — this is the masculine form. Say “¡Epa chama!” to use the feminine form. It’s pronounced “EH PA CHA-moh/mah.” I lived in Caracas, Venezuela for some time and to be honest, I still literally use this phrase everyday and folks always ask me if I learned Spanish in Venezuela – which I did! haha
Say “hi” in Puerto Rican Spanish
You could say the phrase, “¡Que hubo!” — to say “hi” in Puerto Rico. It’s pronounced “KEY ooh-boh.” Honestly, this is one of the countries I still have not been to in that speaks Spanish as a native language. But what’s really cool is I don’t believe you need a passport to travel there since it is one of the US states. This would be a great way to easily plan a trip to a Latin speaking country and practice some of the Spanish that you’re learning. You can also throw your new hello in Spanish greeting out there 😉
Say “hi” in Spain
You could say the phrase, “¿Qué hay?” — to say “hi” in Spain. It’s pronounced “KAY AY.” Spain is definitely on my list of countries to live in during the next years. Although I have a tough time understanding the Spanish in Spain because of their lisp, it’s still a super beautiful form of Spanish and the country is apparently fantastic.
Say “hi” in Mexican Spanish
You could use the phrase, “¡Q’bole!” — to say “hi” in Mexican slang. It’s pronounced “KYOO boh-leh.” I have lived about 45 minutes from Mexico my entire life and I actually did not learn this phrase until recently. Definitely something I am going to be using more when I visit my home town in Tucson, Arizona.
Well, that’s all I have for how to say hello in Spanish. If you’re reading this blog and you’d like to add more ways of saying hello in Spanish, please comment below! Your experience is welcomed and encouraged so don’t be shy! For other great topics like how to say good morning in Spanish or tips on listening to Spanish, just click on their text links now!
My best suggestion for very basic intro level Spanish vocabulary like what we just covered in this lesson today, I would recommend Rosetta Stone (I have completed all 5 levels myself).