How to Say Good Morning in Spanish

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28-04-2021, 11:30
In Spanish, the phrase "buenos días" literally means "good days" in English. In Spanish-speaking countries, however, "buenos días" is used to mean "good morning." In the afternoon and evenings, other phrases are used. You can add words to address specific people. As in English, there are other phrases commonly used as morning greetings.

Saying "Good Morning"

  1. Use "buenos días" (boo-EHN-ohs DEE-ahs) as a standard morning greeting. If you're learning Spanish in school, this is likely the first phrase you'll learn that means "good morning" in Spanish.
  2. Use "buen día" (boo-EHN DEE-ah) in some contexts. In some Latin American countries, such as Puerto Rico and Bolivia, the phrase "buen día" is used for "good morning" in casual, familiar settings.
    • This greeting is extremely informal, and typically considered slang, so the best time to use it is when talking to friends or close acquaintances around your own age.
  3. Exclaim "¡buenas!" This short, relatively casual greeting is derived from "buenos días." While you can technically use it at any time of the day, if you used it in the morning it would be understood as "good morning."
    • Pronounce "buenas" as "boo-EHN-ahs."

Greeting Specific People

  1. Follow your greeting with the person's title. Just as you would use "sir," "ma'am," or "miss" in English, you can add "señor," "señora," or "señorita" after "buenos días" to greet the person more politely or formally.
    • Señor (sehn-YOR) means "sir" and can be used to address any man, particularly a man who is older than you or in a position of authority.
    • Señora (sehn-YOR-ah) means "ma'am" and should be used with married women or women who are older than you or in a position of authority.
    • Use señorita (sehn-yor-EE-tah), meaning "miss," when you are greeting a younger or unmarried woman, but want to be polite.
  2. Use specific names or titles. If you're singling a person out from others, or want to address them by a different title, simply add the word or phrase you want to use after the phrase "buenos días."
    • For example, if you wanted to say good morning to your doctor, you might say "Buenos días, doctor."
  3. Address a group with "muy buenos días a todos" (moo-EE boo-EHN-ohs DEE-ahs ah TOH-dohs). If you're speaking in front of an audience or walking up to a large group of people you want to greet all at once, you can use this phrase. A literal translation would be "A very good morning to you all."
    • Since this is a rather formal phrase, use it on more formal occasions. For example, you might begin remarks over a business breakfast meeting by saying "muy buenos días a todos."

Using Other Morning Greetings

  1. Exclaim "¡arriba!" The greeting "¡arriba!" (ah-RREE-bah – don't forget to roll the "rr") literally means "up!" It is often used in the morning to greet a sleeping child or loved one and tell them to get out of bed.
    • This greeting is similar to saying "rise and shine" in English.
  2. Declare "ya amaneció" (yah ah-mahn-ay-cee-OH). If you want to rouse someone out of bed when they are still asleep, you might use this phrase. A literal translation of this phrase is "already dawn."
    • The idea behind this phrase is that the day has started without whoever is still sleeping, and it's past time for them to get up. Some people might consider this phrase rude, so don't use it with someone unless you're close to them.
  3. Ask "¿Cómo amaneció usted?" If you're looking for a polite way to ask someone how their morning has been, you might use "¿Cómo amaneció usted?" (KOH-moh ah-mahn-ay-cee-OH OOH-stehd), which means "How is your morning?"
    • Literally, this question would be translated "How dawned you?" It's similar to asking someone how they felt when they woke up this morning.
    • You also might say "¿Qué tal va tu mañana?" (kay tahl vah too mahn-YAHN-ah), or "How is your morning going?" This question typically works best mid-morning.
  4. Use "que tengas buen día" (kay tehn-GAHS boo-EHN DEE-ah) as you're leaving. Although in Spanish you can use the phrase "buenos días" both coming and going, you can also use this phrase, which means "have a good day."
    • You also could say "que tengas un lindo día" (kay tehn-GAHS boo-EHN DEE-ah), which means "have a nice day." This phrase is typically used more casually.
    • In more formal settings, you might use "que tenga buen día" (kay tehn-GAH boo-EHN DEE-ah), which means "I hope you have a good day."
  5. Ask someone how they slept. In Spanish, as in English, it's common to ask close friends or family members how they slept the night before, particularly early in the morning. The formal way to say this is "¿Durmió bien?" (door-mee-OH bee-EHN), or "Did you sleep well?"
    • The question "¿Descansaste bien?" (days-cahn-SAHS-tay bee-EHN) is a little more casual. It's better translated as "Did you rest?" or "Did you get some rest?"

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