[ Good morning]
First impressions count. That's one reason you should learn some of these common greetings before visiting an area where Spanish is spoken. Even if your knowledge of Spanish is rudimentary, it can make your conversation a bit smoother to know some of these statements or questions of common courtesy.
In Spain personal pride and individualism are highly valued, as are character and breeding. Modesty is valued over assertiveness. Flaunting superiority, intelligence and ability is not appreciated. People strive to project affluence and social position. Personal appearance, image and human relationships are very important.
Shake hands with everyone present--men, women and children--at a business or social meeting. Shake hands again when leaving. Men may embrace each other when meeting (friends and family only). Women may kiss each other on the cheek and embrace. Spaniards speak a lot with their hands. Never mimic them.
Appearance is extremely important to Spaniards. They dress elegantly, even for casual occasions. Shoes are the most important element of dress. Shabby looking shoes can ruin a very nice outfit.
When invited to someone's home, always bring a small, wrapped gift for the hostess. Open a gift immediately upon receiving it in the presence of the host. Do not give: chrysanthemums, dahlias or 13 flowers (unlucky number).
Good morning: Buenos días
Good afternoon: Buenas tardes
Good evening: Buenas noches
Good night: Buenas noches
Welcome: Bienvenido, bienvenida
How's it going?: ¿Cómo te va? ¿Cómo le va? ¿Qué tal? ¿Qué hay
How are you?: ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo está? (An informal alternative in many areas is chau (sometimes spelled ciao, from Italian).
I am fine, thank you: Muy bien, gracias
I'm fine: Bien. / Muy bien.
Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto.
What's your name?: ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo se llama usted?
My name is (name).: Me llamo (nombre).
See you soon: Hasta pronto.
See you later: Hasta luego
See you tomorrow: Hasta mañana
Have a good trip: Buen viaje
Thank you: ¡Gracias!
Please: ¡Por favor!
Cheers! - ¡Salud!
Happy Birthday: Feliz cumpleaños
Merry Christmas: Feliz Navidad
Happy New Year: Feliz Año Nuevo
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