Thursday, 28 July 2011

Buenas Noches...

Introduction



This post deals with greeting someone you don't know quite well in the evening.



  
SCENARIO
Imagine it is sometime in the evening 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 don't know well and you are not on first name terms with that person (he/ she could be a relative, an acquaintance or a work colleague).


OUR TIP
Greeting someone in those circumstances should be quite straightforward. A simple "buenas noches"* (good evening) 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 Pérez you could say:

  • ¡Buenas noches, don Carlos!
  • ¡Buenas noches, señor Pérez!

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

  • ¡Buenas noches, doña Ana!
  • ¡Buenas noches, señora Flores!

    *NB Please note that "buenas noches" may also mean good night

    See more practical examples of greetings

    Now you should practise greeting other people

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