Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Buenas Tardes


This post deals with greeting someone you know quite well in the afternoon.

Imagine it is sometime in the afternoon and you find yourself in any one of the following situations:
  • You meet someone in the street, in a bar, at work, etc.
  • You call someone on the phone.

The person in question is someone  you know quite well (he/ she could be a relative, a friend or a work colleague) and you are on first name terms with that person.

Greeting someone in those circumstances should be quite straightforward. A simple "buenas tardes" (good afternoon) may be sufficient. However, it would be nice to include the name of the person you are saying good morning to. So, assuming you want to greet someone called Carlos Flores you could say:

  • ¡Buenas tardes, Carlos!

If instead you wanted to greet someone called Ana Flores you could say:

  • ¡Buenas tardes, Ana!
    Now you should practise greeting other people

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