Sunday, 24 July 2011

Buenas Noches


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

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 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 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 Flores you could say:

  • ¡Buenas noches, Carlos!

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

  • ¡Buenas noches, Ana!

    *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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