How to use Spanish greetings and introductions in simple conversations

There are several ways to say your name in Spanish, to say hello or even say goodbye in this language. Most of them were presented in two separate lessons, one about Spanish introductions and another about Spanish greetings and farewells. This time we are going to focus on how to use these Spanish phrases in real conversations with some basic conversation plus a little of Spanish listening practice. The following picture shows an example of a simple introduction in Spanish. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Spanish Audio Listening: greetings, introductions and farewells

Spanish Listening: greetings, introductions and farewells

Using greetings and introductions in Spanish in simple conversations

There are several ways to say hello or greet people in Spanish, as well as to introduce ourselves and end a conversation. Here are some conversation excerpts showing basic examples of how these Spanish phrases could be used in a real situation. Try listening to the audio several times and perhaps repeating what you listen in Spanish to practice your pronunciation. Press the play button in the audio player to listen to the examples:

English example Spanish conversations excerpts Listen
Carlos: Hello! My name is Carlos. What’s your name?
Ana: Nice to meet you! My name is Ana.
Carlos: The pleasure is mine
Carlos: ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Carlos. ¿Cómo te llamas?
Ana: ¡Mucho gusto Carlos! Me llamo Ana.
Carlos: El gusto es mío
Ana: Your name is Carlos, isn’t it?
Carlos: Yes, it is. What’s your name?
Ana: I am Ana, Jack’s sister
Carlos: Ahh.. It is a pleasure to meet you.
Ana: Tú nombre es Carlos ¿verdad?
Carlos: Sí, así es. ¿Cuál es su nombre?
Ana: Yo soy Ana, la hermana de Jack.
Carlos: Ahh…¡Es un placer conocerla!
Carlos: Hello! How are you?
Ana: Hello! Long time no see. I am doing fine, and you?
Carlos: I’m good. Let me introduce my girlfriend to you. Her name is Jennifer.
Ana: It’s nice to meet you Jennifer.
Jennifer: Nice to meet you too.
Carlos: ¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?
Ana: ¡Hola! Tanto tiempo sin verte. Yo estoy bien, ¿y tú?
Carlos: Bien. Permíteme presentarte a mi novia. Su nombre es Jennifer.
Ana: ¡Es un gusto conocerte Jennifer!
Jennifer: Mucho gusto conocerte también.
Ana: Excuse me, My name is Ana. Am I in the list?
Receptionist: One moment please…. uhmm, yes you are here. You can enter
Ana: Thanks!
Ana: Disculpe, Mi nombre es Ana. ¿Estoy en la lista?
Recepcionista: Un momento por favor… uhmm, si aquí está. Puede entrar
Ana: Gracias.

Spanish learning tip: The verbs Encontrar and Conocer mean “to meet” in Spanish, but “encontrar” is more common when you meet old friends or people you have met before, whereas “Conocer” is more appropriate when you meet someone for the first time. Both verbs may be used in several Spanish phrases, including the ones presented in the conversation excerpts and many others.

Main Spanish Listening: Meeting old friends – Encontrando a viejos amigos

Listen to a conversation in Spanish between some friends meeting in a park. Pay attention to the way they use Spanish greetings, introductions and farewells in their conversation. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the phrases presented in the Spanish conversation excerpts

Useful Spanish expressions:
1. “Estaba un poco distraido” means “I was a little distracted”
2. “Creo que es tiempo de irme” means “I think it is time to go”

Spanish listening quiz: Greetings, introductions and farewells.

Listen to the conversation again and answer the questions presented in this quiz about the Spanish greetings, introductions and farewells in the conversation. You will receive a tip every time you find a correct answer. Press “Start” to begin the Spanish listening quiz.

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Spanish Practice: A role play about ways to say hello, your name and goodbye in Spanish.

Find a partner and practice the phrases presented in this lesson through a role play activity. You can choose any of the ones presented below or maybe use you own one.
Role play #1: You are a new student in a Spanish class and meet a new classmate. Tell him your name and ask him how he is doing.
Role play #2: You meet an old friend in a restaurant and introduce your boyfriend/girlfriend to your friend.

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