This post deals with greeting someone you don't 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 don't know well and you are not on first name terms with that person (he/ she could be a relative, an acquaintance, a work colleague, etc.).
OUR TIPGreeting 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 Pérez you could say:
- ¡Buenas tardes, don Carlos!
- ¡Buenas tardes, señor Pérez!
If instead you wanted to greet someone called Ana Flores you could say:
- ¡Buenas tardes, doña Ana!
- ¡Buenas tardes, señora Flores!
See more practical examples of greetings
Now you should practise greeting other people
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