Uruguayan people tend to be very polite, and it’s common to spend a lot of ruguayan people tend to be very polite, and it’s common to spend a lot of time in a conversation greeting, passing on greetings to the rest of the family, saying goodbye, wishing the other person well, etc… These are some of the most common phrases that you’re sure to hear out and about.

Hola = Hello                                      Chau = Goodbye               

Hola, ¿todo bien? = Hi, how’s it going?

¿Cómo estás? / ¿Cómo andas? = How are you? (informal form)

¿Cómo está usted? = How are you? (polite form)

Buenos días / Buenas noches = Good morning / Good evening (or frequently simply “Buenas!”)

–         Bien, gracias. ¿Y tú / vos / usted? = Fine, thanks. And you?

–         Más o menos = OK / so-so

–         ¡Bien de bien! = Excellent!

Nos vemos, que pases bien. = See you, have a good day.

Saludos a Pablo / tu familia / su familia. = Say hi to Pablo / your family (informal) / your family (formal) from me.

Mandale un beso a Cristina. = Send Cristina a kiss.

Hasta luego = See you later    Hasta el lunes = See you on Monday

Mucho gusto = A pleasure (to meet you)

un beso = a kiss

un abrazo = a hug

dar la mano = to shake hands

Any questions? If you’re not sure about the content of today’s class or have something to add, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you. Your questions and comments will help other students too. Our Spanish immersion programs at La Herradura in Uruguay and Spain teach you an international form of Spanish, but the teachers are all native speakers and will offer guidance on local expressions and words.

Coming up next… Class 12: On the phone | Por teléfono


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