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Street Spanish – Meeting & greeting

This is the first lesson in my new “Street Spanish” course which is aimed at giving you all of the necessary Spanish vocabulary and expressions for speaking colloquially in Spanish.

In this lesson we will learn how to meet and greet colloquially in Spanish and how to reply to people’s introductory questions such as ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?).

The Spanish vocabulary and expressions that you will find in this course are not the kind that you will find in regular textbooks and some should be used with caution as they are quite vulgar, but I want to give you an insight into exactly how Spanish people really speak on the street.

I would like to invite you to add you own additional Spanish phrases relevant to this topic. I have listed here the Spanish phrases that I can think of, but for sure there are many many more and I would love to hear your suggestions. Please use the comment form below….

Colloquial greetings in Spanish:

How you doing? ¿Qué tal? / ¿Cómo andas?
What’s up? ¿Qué tal andas?
What’s going on? ¿Qué pasa? / ¿Qué hay?
What’s new? ¿Qué hay de nuevo? / ¿Qué me cuentas?
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
How’s it going? ¿Cómo te va?
How’s life? ¿Cómo te va la vida?
How’s everything? ¿Cómo te va todo?
Hey! (when meeting someone out of the blue): ¡Hombre!
Hey! (to catch someone’s attention): ¡Oye!

Colloquial replies in Spanish:

Awesome! ¡Genial! / ¡Fenomenal! / ¡De maravilla! / ¡De puta madre! (vulgar)
Fine: Bien
Everything’s good! Todo va bien
Allright: Nada, aquí…
Same as ever Como siempre / Aquí estamos
Getting by: Tirando
Can’t complain: No me quejo
So, so: Así, así / Regular
It is what it is: Es lo que hay
Not great: Vaya, no muy bien
Awful: ¡Fatal! / ¡De pena!
Desperate: ¡Desesperado!
F**ked: ¡Jodido! (vulgar)
I’m in an awful mood: Vengo encabronado
Leave me alone!: ¡Déjame en paz!

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