Hello In Spanish : Learn How To Say It Here!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Good Morning in Spanish – How do you say it? Learn here!

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Good Morning in Spanish = Buenos Días! 

Buenos días translates into “good days” and you can pronounce the word buenos días as boo-eh-nohs dee-ahs. How do you say good morning in Spanish is one of the questions I get asked the most here on my website.

Now that we’ve got your burning question of how to say good morning in Spanish out of the way, are there more Spanish phrases that you can use to help you in speaking Spanish while traveling, in-school, at work, or other places you happen to be in?

You bet there is! 

In fact, many countries have some variation of how to say good morning in Spanish. Often times is a shortened version of the Spanish phrase and its usually just for a specific country. For example, when I lived in Medellin, Colombia, one of the most common shortened versions saying good morning in Spanish is Buen Día. I’m not 100% sure of where else this phrase is used but if you’d like to help me out as well as my readers, simply comment in the comment section at the bottom of this blog and share your knowledge. Your experiences are welcomed and encouraged!

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Another common phrase for saying good morning in Spanish is Buenas! This is a common phrase that I will often use in short passing with folks. Its pretty informal and quick way of being polite when speaking Spanish. You can pronounce this Spanish phrase boo-eh-nahs.

The last one that I can think of that I have used often in my travels is by far the most formal of the different ways to say good morning in Spanish. In this phrase you would actual specify the gender and/or age classification of the person you’re saying hello to.

For example:

Buenos días “Señor,” “Señora,” “Señorita,” “Hermano,””Hermana” and so on. 

I will often use any of the prior versions of how to say good morning in Spanish and then follow it with whatever my audience is 🙂 You can also check out my recent blog post on how to say hello in Spanish.

I hope this information has been helpful and I encourage you to checkout my other articles on how to learn Spanish at home.

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How to Speak Spanish Fast

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Learning how to speak Spanish fast is everyone’s dream. I know I for sure didn’t want to struggle through getting to that point. I just wanted it to happen fast. Turns out, it’s not that easy! Well…it’s not easy if you don’t know how to approach it. The truth is, you can learn anything fairly quickly if you can pickup on the structure. Learning how to speak Spanish fast can really be attributed to a few habitual factors in the very beginning stages. In this article, I’m going to take you on a journey through how I was able to speak Spanish fairly quickly from the start.

Now, before we get started, let’s quickly establish what actually defines “speaking Spanish”. If you think you’re going to be speaking like a soccer announcer within your first week, you probably have had a few too many cervezas before landing on this blog OR you’re a prodigy/unicorn and learning things for you is easier than washing your hands. If you’re the first one, I would say pass me one. If you’re the second, you don’t even need to read this – just go to the advanced areas of Spanish Pod 101 and you’ll be fine. For everyone else, I honestly think that if you devote an hour a day for about 2 weeks, you can actually communicate and identify in real life situations – understanding and comprehending things fairly quickly. However, you need to do 1-2 hours a day and be 100% into it for that to happen. In other words, if you want to speak Spanish fast, you need to turn off your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TV, etc. You gotta get focused and block everything else in your mind out.

Here are my 3 top habits for how to speak Spanish fast:

1. Don’t think so much. Our primary issue as adult learners is we assess and judge every dang thing that comes across our path. When I see something new in Spanish I always find myself asking the following things:

  • What the heck is that?
  • Why is one thing 3 words long? That’s dumb
  • Wait, so there are 4 words to mean the same thing? That’s dumb
  • Why is the word feminine but the prefix is masculine? What the heck!
  • Why is everything in this language backwards compared to English? Throw me a bone already

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The thing with Spanish is that it’s going to look silly. You’re going to look at the Spanish language and wonder who was on crack when they created the structure. The reality is, folks who do not speak English and only speak Spanish probably look at English and think the same thing. Was someone high when they made this language? This structure is ridiculous. My suggestion to you is to not think about the fact that its SO different in structure. Just read it, admit that you don’t understand it, accept it, and repeat. Then move on. The most important thing here is that when you have finished your lesson and you’re out and about in your daily routine, that you apply what you have learned. Find the situations where you can talk to yourself (out loud or in your head) and apply that sentence or phrase or word that you learned from earlier in the day or the day before….and so on. Its kinda like that old saying, “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it.” Actually, I think that refers to something else but whatever you feel me.

2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Judging yourself will get you nowhere in life yo. It just makes learning things that much harder. Look. You’re going to sound goofy. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to try and speak Spanish to someone and they’re going to look at you like you’ve had a stroke. Its okay, just laugh through it, smile, and make your statement sound like a question and more than likely the person who you’re trying to communicate with with pick up on the fact that you’re struggling and they’ll correct you and/or finish your statement for you. I know Spanish well and I still go through these phases. Learning how to speak Spanish is not about being perfect, it’s about trying and not giving up. You’re going learn a lot, plateau, get frustrated, learn a lot, plateau, get frustrated, and the cycle just keeps going until you’re numb to it. If you’re too hard on yourself you’re going to end up quitting before you ever get started. Just forgive yourself, be king, laugh, and keep going. Learning how to speak Spanish is mind blowing and fun. Its not supposed to be a job. You don’t work for the CIA and this is part of your training (well maybe but I doubt it). Think of this as your entrance into cultures, into countries, into experiences. All things you won’t fully understand until you’re speaking in Spanish.

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3. Be consistent. Consistency is the one thing that kills us as humans from ever achieving our full potential in really anything we do. How many times a have you started something and quit? I know I have done that hundreds of times. Sometimes I’ve even started and quite multiple things in the same day lol. One of the main issues with learning how to speak Spanish fast is that you’re going to plateau in your Spanish learning. For some folks this comes within a few days. For some it could be months. But inevitably, it happens to everyone. You’ll take a few days off, which become weeks, which become months. Then you’re sitting there one day, 2 years later, going man I should pick this back up.

Don’t fall into this trap. You’re better than that.

If you need a day off, take one! But beat yourself into submission in making yourself return to learning – even if its boring and slow. Your brain will push through it and you’ll learn how to speak Spanish much faster. There are lots of ways to learn Spanish that are fun, which I will talk about in another post, and those ways will help you during your language learning plateaus.

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Listening to Spanish: Podcast, YouTube, and more

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Listening to Spanish can be fun and fulfilling in your journey to mastering the Spanish language at home, while you’re driving, while you’re working out, or any other daily activity. But before we talk more about this, I want to give you some insight into listening to Spanish. This may sound a little abrubt but its the honest truth.

Listening to Spanish can sometimes be a cop-out to actually sitting down and learning Spanish.

Why? Because its easier than the other modes of learning. You’re simply listening and soaking it in. You’re not having to force your brain to really identify with visual objects. You don’t have to respond vocally to anyone. Your brain is not being tested to conjugate any verbs or form any sentences. It’s important to remember that learning Spanish is not about checking it off your to-do list for the day. Its not about posting something on Facebook telling people how you just knocked out your Spanish lessons for the day. Its not about snapping an Instagram photo of you listening to a lesson of Spanish. Learning Spanish is a personal triumph – involving no winners. Its just you and your brain learning to communicate and see the world in a whole new light. I know, this sounds all spiritual and crap, but its the truth.

So, back the point. If you’re just using Spanish audio lessons to fulfill your Spanish learning quest, you’re only going to learn about 10% of Spanish and you for sure will not get the point of speaking in Spanish. Its one small piece of the holistic pie.

HOWEVER, its an extremely important piece of the Spanish learning pie. Here’s a few reasons why.

Learn to Hear Voice Intonations and Fluctuations

One of the most frustrating things for me, a native English speaker who learned Spanish, is to hear other Spanish as a second language speakers completely suck at pronunciation. Pronunciation of double r’s, failure to emphasize hyphenated letters in certain words, and so on. These little verbal aspects ARE Spanish. When you leave them out or skip trying to say them correctly, you actually say words that have nothing to do with the sentence you’re trying to convey. Use listening to Spanish as a way to really hear how the Spanish speakers are using their voices and emotions when pronouncing words and sentences.

Visualizing People, Objects, Emotions, and Scenarios 

As much as visual identification is important to vocabulary learning, seeing the conversations WITHOUT any visuals is equally important. If you’re talking to someone in Spanish on the phone or listening to someone in Spanish on the phone, you need to be able to visualize what they’re telling or asking you. If you can’t, there’s no point – might as well hang the phone up. When you’re listening to Spanish, really try and see the object or situation when you hear the words coming from someone else. Don’t just tune them out like a song. Think of audio learning like a dream you’re having. This will not only help you learn Spanish faster but it will make your Spanish audio learning lessons much more complete and memorable.

Learn to be an Active Listener and NOT a Passive Listener 

This point has less to do with Spanish and more about just being present in situations as human being. This will make you a better conversationalist and a better friend/spouse/parent/student etc. Becoming present in the conversations you hear, whether you’re a part of them or just a spectator, will allow you fully remember and process the points, emotions, and meanings of the conversation. This applies directly to your Spanish audio lessons. If your brain is off in never-never land thinking about all the tasks you have for the day or all the worries you have on your mind, you’ll only process about a small percentage of the lesson. You’ll then need to listen to the lesson another 20 times until you’ve ACTUALLY heard the whole thing. Train your brain to stop, focus, and repeat points that you hear throughout the lesson – even if the lesson is only 5 minutes long. By doing this, you’ll not only improve your Spanish learning environment, but you’ll also improve your personal communication and understanding skills as a human being.

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Here are some great Spanish audio resources:

Spanish Podcasts

These are great for several reasons. One they typically follow a series of themes so you can learn things in sequences rather than just jumping around all the time. Also, there are many free Spanish podcasts available for you to listen to.

Spanish Audio Lessons on YouTube

This is great if you’re sitting down and on your computer. Often times, these Spanish audio lessons are also video lessons so you can see people pronouncing words, reacting to comments with facial expressions and hand gestures, and much more. There are a few Spanish audio lesson YouTube channels that I like but one that really stands out, and its free, is LightSpeed Spanish. Its a Spain Spanish based channel so the pronunciation of words is a little different than Latin American Spanish, but nonetheless, still great and still free.

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3 Ways to Learn Spanish at Home

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The ways to learn Spanish at home can be difficult with all the different distractions you have going on around you all the time. I know for me personally, I consider myself one of the “un-diagnosed ADD” individuals so whatever looks more exciting in my mind – that’s where I go in the moment. At home, its easy to do that with things like your TV, music, computer, or smart phone. But in order for you to really get the Spanish language down (or any language for that matter), you’ll need to setup some easy habit forming systems throughout your home and your the time spent in your home. Although this is not all of the ways you can learn Spanish at home fast, its definitely a good starter dose of ideas and then you can branch out from here and create your own 🙂

Here are my initial 3 ways to learn Spanish at home:

1. Label the crap out of your home

Sounds corny – I know. And, if you have a lot of guests over often, you might feel a little bit goofy, but you know what? It won’t matter much to you when you’re speaking Spanish fluently in the future and your friends are not. Labels not only help you learn the literal word but they actual do much more than that. They teach your brain how to correctly associate an object with a verbal meaning. This is the true way of how a child learns. Look, grasp what the object is, learn the verbal meaning, repeat. Once you’ve done this about 20 times with an object, it just naturally has two names now – one in English and one in Spanish. You’ll stop questioning and just start saying. That’s the whole point of object/verbal association.

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2. Leave Flash Cards in the Bathroom

Everyone goes there, no one talks about it. The bathroom is like my safe haven of glory. Me, my morning coffee, and my flashcards. Keep those bad boys in the bathroom and you’ll be speaking Spanish in no time. If you can, try and get flash cards that have images or drawings on them of what the word represents. Just learning the word will typically not stick in your brain. You need to associate the word with some sort of mental image. This will help with how to quit translating English to Spanish. Translating from English to Spanish totally kills your brain growth and its not a good long term plan. So just to repeat. Spanish vocabulary flashcards + your bathroom = skills.

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3. Listening to Explanatory Lessons via the Web 

Listen while you work. I think the 7 dwarfs had that down pat. Listen to something that teaches you in-depth Spanish while you work around the house. Your brain will probably pass most of it because you’ll be hyper focused on cleaning something or moving something – doesn’t matter, do it anyways. If you miss a whole audio lesson while you work, just start the thing over. Listen to it 100 times until it makes sense and your brain soaked it all in. Learning Spanish is not about doing it as fast as possible, its about doing it as correct and complete as possible. I will often times go back and re-listen to audio lessons from weeks ago just to make the information stick. Great habit to do while doing meaningless crap around the house.

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Practicing Spanish in the Morning

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Practicing Spanish in the morning can be really tough – especially when you’re mind is already racing through getting your day started, checking your social media accounts, or preparing the kiddos for school (if you have them). But did you know that your brain is most open to new information during the first 30 minutes of your body waking up? By getting your brain active and thinking on new information, you have a tendency to not really think about why something is what it is – you just know that’s what it means and you move on. This can be bad if you read tabloids a lot haha…or it can be fantastic if you’re learning Spanish in the morning 🙂

Practicing Spanish in the morning allows your brain to think in Spanish and not try and rationalize in English. You just simply follow your Spanish courses online and your brain assumes that’s what each real life situation or object is. Much like a child learns! Don’t question just believe it and know that’s what it means. Practicing Spanish in the morning will allow you to essentially sponge up information like a child without even thinking about it. Your mind is fresh, full of coffee (or tea, or water), and ready to learn.

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Here are some great tips on how to learn Spanish in the mornings at home:

  • Start your day putting some Spanish speaking music on while you make your breakfast or get ready.
  • Do at least 15 minutes of online vocabulary, verb learning, or audio style lessons
  • Don’t practice Spanish while looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram….you get what I’m saying 😉
  • Don’t practice Spanish while checking emails or doing anything else that effects your brains ready to learn state of mind.
  • Relax and don’t over think. Just look at what it is you’re learning and accept it for what it is.
  • When you leave for work, school, or wherever you’re headed for the day, think about that exact lesson and use those new terms or material at least 3 times that day. Doesn’t matter when, just make a point to do it! It can be right away or throughout the day.
  • Write down your examples you came up on a piece of paper. Doesn’t matter what paper, but your brain always remembers things easier by just jotting it down. You don’t even need to keep the paper, that’s not the point.


Practicing Spanish can be a ton of fun in the morning. It keeps you from starting your morning out with all the worries and what ifs for the day and really lets your brain grow. Sometimes, practicing Spanish in the mornings will be frustrating. But as the famous quote goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do it”. I want to encourage you to really dig in during the AM hours and spend at least 15 minutes everyday relaxing with a nice cup of something and letting your brain soak up the Spanish language.

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How to Learn Spanish at Home

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This is a question that I get a lot from folks who live in the USA (or in any country for that matter) and really don’t have the freedom to just pick and move to another country. Most of their time in life is spent either at their workplace or their humble abode.

In this series of articles I will break down my best practices of How to Learn Spanish at Home quickly and effectively using things like self talk, vocabulary labels throughout your home, listening to Spanish music while you clean your home, and watching kids movies in Spanish at home. Let’s get started and then I will direct you to the best Spanish learning websites for each suggestion on how to learn Spanish at home fast.

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Covered in this series of articles on How to Learn Spanish at Home quickly and efficiently, we’ll cover topics like:

  • Practicing Spanish in the morning and why that is important.
  • Ways to learn Spanish in your home by using things like stickers, sticky notes, labels, etc.
  • Making time to practice Spanish at home in terms of a schedule and sticking to it.
  • Learning Spanish by re-watching your favorite movies but in Spanish and how your brain will grow quicker.
  • Talking to yourself in Spanish when you are at home doing chores or sitting around (sounds crazy but it works!)
  • Listening to Spanish podcasts, YouTube, or online audio lessons.
  • Learn really great Spanish phrases such ash hello in Spanish, good morning in Spanish, and goodbye in Spanish, and I love you in Spanish.
  • And more articles to come as I magically think of them lol

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