Spanish Greetings and Introductions: Conversations and Practice

There are several ways to say our name, greet people and say goodbye in Spanish. Most of these expressions have been covered in two separate lessons, one teaching how to introduce yourself and another about common greetings and farewells. This time we are going to focus on how to use Spanish greetings and introductions to hold basic conversations. The lesson includes four simple sample conversations in Spanish, as well a listening activity to test yourself. Comencemos…

Vocabulary review: Basic Spanish greetings and introductions

First of all, we will review some of the vocabulary and sentence structure for common Spanish greetings and introductions. To introduce yourself, you can start with a phrase like “HOLA” or “BUENOS DIAS”. Then, you can say your name with: [ME LLAMO + NOMBRE] or [MI NOMBRE ES + NOMBRE] as in this example: “¡Hola! Me llamo Alex”. You can also say your name using the verb SER with the structure [YO SOY + NOMBRE] as in “Yo soy Alex”. To ask someone his or her name, we use ¿Cómo te llamas? or ¿Cuál es tu nombre? It is polite to say something like MUCHO GUSTO after you hear someone’s name.

Common Spanish greetings and introductions in basic conversations
Saludos y despedidas en español

Basic conversations with Spanish greetings and introductions

It is time to see how the vocabulary for “saludos y presentaciones” in use through basic conversations. Pay attention to the pieces of information before each dialogue.

Saying and asking names in Spanish

The first min-conversation shows how to say and ask for names in Spanish and use the greetings ¡Mucho gusto! and ¡El gusto es mío!, which would be the same as ¡Mucho gusto también!.

Carlos: ¡Hola! Mi nombre es Carlos. ¿Cómo te llamas?
Ana: ¡Mucho gusto Carlos! Me llamo Ana.
Carlos: El gusto es mío
Read conversation translation
Carlos: Hello! My name is Carlos. What’s your name?
Ana: Nice to meet you! My name is Ana.
Carlos: The pleasure is mine

Formal vs Casual questions in Spanish

In the second conversation example, Ana will use a more casual or informal way to talk with the pronoun TÚ, whereas Carlos will reply formally by asking ¿Cuál es SU nombre? (USTED) instead of the casual question ¿Cuál es TU nombre? The possessive adjective makes a difference here.

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!
Read conversation translation
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.

Introducing a friend in Spanish

In the third basic conversation, we used TANTO TIEMPO SIN VERTE (Long time no see). Carlos introduces a friend in Spanish to Ana by using PERMITEME PRESENTARTE A + name. This dialogue also includes greetings and replies that are very useful when you meet someone for the first time.

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.
Read conversation translation
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.

A few other useful phrases

The last conversation example features the expression “MI NOMBRE ES + name” and then a few other important phrases 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).

Ana: Disculpe, Mi nombre es Ana. ¿Estoy en la lista?
Recepcionista: Un momento por favor… uhmm, si aquí está. Puede entrar
Ana: Gracias.
Read conversation translation
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!

Language tip: The verbs ENCONTRAR and CONOCER mean TO MEET in Spanish, but ENCONTRAR is used when we meet old friends or other 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. ENCONTRAR and CONOCER are really important when having a conversation with Spanish greetings and introductions.

Listening Activity: Meeting old friends in Spanish

Listen to a basic conversation in Spanish between some old friends who meet in a park. Pay attention to the way they use the vocabulary for greetings, introductions and farewells when talking. Take notes of the information you consider important and listen carefully to identify the phrases presented in the examples.

Key expressions in the audio:
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

Listening quiz: A simple conversation using Spanish greetings and farewells

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Conversation script: Encontrando a viejos amigos
Ariana: ¿José? ¡Hola! Tanto tiempo sin verte.
José: Ariana… Disculpa, estaba un poco distraído. ¿Cómo estás?
Ariana: Estoy muy bien, gracias. ¿y tú?
José: Muy bien. Permíteme presentarte a mi novia. Su nombre es Jennifer.
Ariana: Hola Jennifer. ¡Es un placer conocerte!
Jennifer: Igualmente. Mi nombre es Jennifer.
Ariana: Bien, creo que es tiempo de irme. Espero verlos pronto.
José: Claro que sí. ¡Fue un placer verte!
Jennifer: Adiós Ariana ¡Qué tengas un buen día!
Ariana: ¡Gracias! ¡Nos vemos!

Review quiz: Spanish introductions and greetings

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

Lesson assignment:

Find a partner and practice the phrases presented in this lesson by making up your own dialogue using the vocabulary for Spanish greetings and introductions. You can choose any of the situations presented below or any other situation you prefer.

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 in Spanish to your friend.

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