How to use Spanish greetings and introductions in simple conversations

There are several ways to say your name in Spanish, greet people and say goodbye in Spanish. Most of these expressions have been covered in two separate lessons, one teaching how to introduce yourself in Spanish and another about Spanish greetings and farewells. This time we are going to focus on how to use these Spanish phrases in real conversations through several examples and a listening practice activity.  

Common greetings and introductions in Spanish

Common greetings and introductions in Spanish

Simple conversations: using greetings and introductions in Spanish

We will review a few basic points about how greetings and introductions work in Spanish. To introduce yourself in Spanish, you can start with a simple greeting like HOLA or BUENOS DIAS. Then, you can add one of these two expressions to say your name in Spanish: [ME LLAMO + NOMBRE] and [MI NOMBRE ES + NOMBRE] as in this example: ¡Hola! Me llamo Alex. A simple variation would be using the verb SER to say [YO SOY + NOMBRE] as in Yo soy Alex. To ask someone’s name in Spanish we use ¿Cómo te llamas? or ¿Cuál es tu nombre? It is polite to use Spanish greetings like MUCHO GUSTO after you hear someone say their name. Here is a short video showing some of the expressions we often use for introductions in Spanish. Most of the vocabulary in the video is included in the conversations below so make sure to check it.

It is time to see how all these expressions and questions are used in simple conversations. Try listening to the audio and getting the meaning of the conversations without looking at the translation. The content of these conversations will be used to create the main conversation in this lesson, so it is important that you spend some time on them. Press the PLAY button in the audio player to listen to the examples:

Using introductions and greetings in Spanish in simple conversations
Carlos: ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Carlos. ¿Cómo te llamas?
Ana: ¡Mucho gusto Carlos! Me llamo Ana.
Carlos: El gusto es mío
Carlos: Hello! My name is Carlos. What’s your name?
Ana: Nice to meet you! My name is Ana.
Carlos: The pleasure is mine
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ana: Disculpe, Mi nombre es Ana. ¿Estoy en la lista?
Recepcionista: Un momento por favor… uhmm, si aquí está. Puede entrar
Ana: Gracias.
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!

Spanish note: The verbs ENCONTRAR and CONOCER mean TO MEET in Spanish, but ENCONTRAR is used when we meet old friends or people we have met before, eg. Me encontré a Logan, whereas CONOCER is more appropriate when you meet someone for the first time, eg. Conocí a Logan. Both verbs may be used in several Spanish phrases, including the ones presented in the previous conversations and many others.

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 and introductions in Spanish

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: Saying hello and your name in Spanish

Instructions: 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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