Formal ways to say hello and goodbye

There are different ways to say hello in Spanish depending on who you are talking to. So, greetings and farewells can be formal or informal. As you can see in this other post about formal expressions, the first thing you have to know is the difference between “tú” (informal) and “usted” (formal) and their correct verbal forms. But in this post, we are going to see different expressions for formal situations.

Formal ways for saying hello and goodbye in Spanish

Greetings can be different in different situations. It’s not the same to say hello for the first time to your boss or to speak to an old person you don’t know. Here you have some examples:

How to formally say hello in Spanish for the first time

  • Encantado de conocerle (Nice to meet you – Very common expression)
  • Buenos días, ¿cómo está? (Good morning, how are you? – A useful expression)
  • Un placer conocerle (My pleasure – Not very usual)

Saying goodbye formally to someone you have just met

  • Ha sido un placer (It’s been a pleasure – For very formal situations)
  • Encantado de conocerle (Nice to meet you – Sometimes, greetings and goodbyes are almost simultaneous)
  • Espero verle pronto (I hope to see you soon – It can be a good expression when applying for a job)

Saying hello formally to someone you already know

  • Buenos días (Good morning – It works with everybody in every situation)
  • Me alegro de verle (I’m happy to see you – For old people or in-laws you haven’t seen for some time)
  • Hola. ¿Cómo se encuentra usted hoy? (Hello. How are you today? – Usually used with old people)

Saying goodbye formally to someone you already know

  • Adiós, buenas tardes (Goodbye, good afternoon – You can use it whenever you want: buenos días, buenas tardes o buenas noches – good morning, good afternoon, good night)
  • Hasta el lunes que viene (See you next Monday – Say it to your bussiness partner before starting your weekend off)
  • Hasta la próxima (See you – People don’t usually use this expression, but it appears in every Spanish book)

Informal greetings and farewells

Do you want to know some informal expressions for saying hello and goodbye? Read this post and try this online activity.




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