What are some common Spanish phrases?


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Common Spanish phrases include "buenos dias," "como esta?," "hasta luego," "lo siento" and "salud." Many phrases in Spanish have a formal and informal version, where the version used depends on the relationship of those speaking.

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"Buenos dias" is a greeting and means "good morning." Latin culture is formal, and greetings are a way of showing respect. "Buenos tardes," which means "good afternoon," and "buenas noches," which means "good evening," can also be used depending on the time of day. "Hola," which means "hello," is an option at any time.

"Como esta" means "how are you," and is commonly used after greetings. "Como esta" and "como esta usted" are formal and can be used with strangers or authority figures. An informal version that can be used with friends and family is "como estas."

"Hasta luego" means until later, and it's one way to say goodbye. Alternatives include "adios," which means "goodbye," and "hasta pronto," which means "see you soon."

"Lo siento" is a way to apologize. "Perdon" also means "I'm sorry," although it is used more often as a way to say "excuse me."

"Salud" technically means "health," but it has two common uses. It is said when someone sneezes, like "bless you" in English, and it is also a way of saying "cheers" when giving a toast.

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