How to Learn Spanish - The Greeting


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How to Learn Spanish - The Greeting

  1. 1. How to Learn Spanish by Getting the Most Out of ClassesHow to Learn Spanish: The Greetings In your first attempt to learn Spanish, the first thing you will be taught about is greetings. What do you know if you dont know how to say "hello?" Learning the greetings will help you to learn Spanish in its simplest form because you dont have to worry about too many verb agreements or word orders. The greetings are taught in simple phrases. No extra words need to be looked up or added. As I said before, as you learn Spanish the first phrase you need to know is "hello." In order to say that in Spanish, you would say, "Hola." "Hola" can be used formally or casually to say hello to anyone you might run into. If you are trying to say hello on the phone, youmight use "bueno" or "diga. "If you would like to say "goodbye" in Spanish, you would say, "Adiós."If you would like to say, "How are you?" you would say, " ¿Cómo estás?" To say, "Goodafternoon." you would say, " Buenas tardes." To say, "Good morning" or "Good day,"you would say, "Buenos días." "Good night" in Spanish is buenos noches, and to ask whatsomeones name is, you would say, "¿Cómo te llamas?"Once you get these down, you will think its a breeze to learn Spanish, but you are in forsome more complex terms a bit later on down the road. Other basics that you can startmastering are numbers, the alphabet, telling time, asking directions, gender, color, bodyparts, and family.Learning these types of everyday terms will help you learn Spanish faster because you willable to practice these words every day. People say hello and good night all of the time soyou will feel comfortable practicing your Spanish often.Later on, you will be able to form more complex greetings such as, "Hello, how are youare you doing?" or "Hi, the weather is pleasant today, isnt it?"You can begin to get a little more advanced by asking "Whats up?" or "Whats new?" Tosay that in Spanish, you would say "¿Qué hay?" If you want to say, "Hows it going?" youwould say, "¿Qué pasa?" If you would like to say "nice to meet you" you would say"Mucho gusto."Rocket Spanish Page 1
  2. 2. How to Learn Spanish by Getting the Most Out of ClassesThose are just a few of the more intermediate level greetings that you will help you to learnSpanish while getting to know many different people.In Spain, its often a common thing for people to kiss each other on both cheeks when theymeet. However, men will usually shake hands. Even though people kiss each other oftenwhen they meet, they dont do it all of the time. For instance in the context of a businessmeeting, you would not catch people kissing each other on the cheeks.If you are in America, you may not want to try kissing anyone as you learn Spanish, even ifits another Spanish person. Most people of different cultures have gotten used to theAmerican culture, and Americans usually dont kiss when they first meet. However, shouldyou visit Spain, you may want to try this. It will add to the fun as you learn Spanish. The best resource online for learning Spanish is Rocket SpanishRocket Spanish Page 2