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. It will help you refresh the vocabulary from the previous lessons.

It is time to see how the vocabulary for introductions and greetings can be used in very simple conversations. The first one shows how to say and ask names in Spanish and how to use the greetings ¡Mucho gusto! and ¡El gusto es mío!, which would be the same as ¡Mucho gusto también!

Conversation using greetings and introductions in Spanish
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

In the second conversation Ana uses a more casual or informal way to talk because she uses TÚ ERES… whereas Carlos replies formally by asking ¿Cuál es SU nombre? instead of the casual question ¿Cuál es TU nombre? The possessive adjective makes a difference here.

Conversations using greetings and introductions in Spanish
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.

In the third conversation we used TANTO TIEMPO SIN VERTE which is the same as LONG TIME NO SEE. Carlos introduces another person to Ana by using PERMITEME PRESENTARTE A + name. This conversation also includes Spanish greetings and replies when you meet someone for the first time.

Conversations using greetings and introductions in Spanish
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.

The last conversation features the expression MI NOMBRE ES + name and then a few other important expressions that you might not find in a regular conversation of this kind, but are still important such as: UN MOMENTO POR FAVOR (wait a moment please), PUEDES ENTRAR (you can come in) and GRACIAS (thanks).

Conversations using greetings and introductions in Spanish
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 the conversation. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the phrases presented in the previous conversations.

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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Review quiz: Spanish introductions and greetings

This quiz will summarize the basic Spanish greetings and introductions we have covered in this and the previous two lessons. Move the lines and create a conversation between these three people that makes sense.

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 your 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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