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Learning the basics of Spanish, like “hello” or many other Spanish greetings, is the best preparation you can do for a future trip to a Spanish-speaking country. This article will teach you the ten different ways to say “good afternoon” in Spanish. This article aims to explain the best Spanish phrases used by common Spanish speakers and gives insight into their context.

Ten Good Afternoon Phrases in Spanish: 

In this article, I’ll list Spanish’s top ten “good afternoon” phrases. Now let’s get into the greetings:

1. Buenas Tardes: 

buenas tardes , hello

“Buenas tardes” is the most common and standard way of saying good afternoon and is typically used between noon and sunset. Like other formal greetings, this one is slightly more formal than “hola” in Spanish.

2. ¡Buenas!

¡Buenas! translates to “good day.” It is one of the afternoon phrases, and you can use it while leaving a restaurant or a café. When leaving a place in the afternoon, this phrase is also a farewell or goodbye phrase.

3. Buenos Tardes, solecito

This phrase is a casual way of saying good afternoon. as it can only be used with a partner or children. “Buenos Tardes, solicitor” translates to “Good afternoon, sunshine.” You can tell your loved ones when you meet them in the afternoon or when a child comes home from school. Then parents can politely greet them by saying Buenos Tardes, the solicitor.

4. ¿Aló?

It’s a standard way of answering the phone and can be used as an afternoon greeting. If you are talking with someone on a call-in at noon, you can start your talk with an afternoon greeting like “¿Aló? Buenas tardes,” which means “Hello, Good Afternoon.”

5. Buenas Tardes, mucho gusto

Buenas Tardes, mucho gusto” translates to “Good Afternoon, nice to meet you.” This phrase is considered formal and also a farewell phrase. In the afternoon, when you are leaving a meeting or saying goodbye to a person you meet, you can say, “Good Afternoon, Nice to meet you.” Spanish people take it as a good gesture.

6. Hola a todos

It is another Spanish greeting used with family members or friends. “Hola todos” translates to “Hello everyone.” This phrase is a casual way of greeting someone.

7. ¿Cómo está?

hola como estas

It’s a formal way of asking someone about their health or casually starting a conversation with someone. When you meet after saying “Hello,” you can ask “¿Cómo está?” which means “How are you?”

8. ¿Qué onda, güey?

¿Qué onda, güey? It translates to “What’s up, dude?” It’s the most casual way of greeting someone. You can only use it with your close friends whom you know very well and have good interaction with, as this phrase contains a friendly version of asking about a person.

9. ¿Qué más pues?

This phrase is also a conversation starter that translates to “What else is new?” When you meet someone after a casual Hola greeting, you can ask, “What else is new?” to have a friendly conversation.

10. ¿Dónde has estado?

This phrase can also be used as “good afternoon” in Spanish when seeing someone after a long time. Say Buenas tardes and find out where they have been. After that, be prepared for the whole story learned. Sigh!


As I end this article, I hope that I was able to learn and give you the quickest different good afternoon phrases in Spanish. Are you interested in diving further into this beautiful language? Why not read another blog post about the top ten ways to say Good Morning in Spanish to expand your vocabulary in this language?


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