Socializing plays a big role when putting a language into practice. As a result, learning different ways to say good morning in Spanish can be extremely useful, since it can help you to start a conversation or simply be kind when greeting people when you come across them.
The most common expressions to say ‘good morning’ in Spanish include:
- Buenos días
- Buen día
- ¿Cómo amaneciste?
- ¿Cómo va tu mañana?
I don’t know about you, but I say ‘good morning’ to anyone that crosses my path in the morning. Even if you’re not like me, greeting people is something that you probably do on a daily basis. For that reason, in this article, you’ll learn 5 super common ways to say ‘good morning’ in Spanish.
By the end of it, you’ll be able to use these expressions to interact with people at work, school or even at home.
1. Buenos días – Good morning
As you already probably know, the most common way to say good morning in Spanish is ‘buenos días’, which is the direct translation of ‘good morning’. This phrase can be used in any context, but it does have a certain level of formality.
What I mean by this is that, even though it’s a standard phrase, we use buenos días to greet people you’re not particularly close to and it’s also the appropriate thing to say when arriving somewhere (for example, to the bank).
Buenos días + [complement]
Buenos días a todos.
Good morning, everyone.
Buenos días, profesor.
Good morning, professor.
Buenos días, tengo cita con el doctor Ramírez.
Good morning, I have an appointment with Dr. Ramírez.
Take Note: In Spanish, the verb we use to refer to the action of ‘saying’ good morning is ‘dar’. Additionally, it’s extremely common to put the article ‘los’ before ‘buenos días’ when referring to them as a noun. As a result, we Spanish speakers ‘damos los buenos días’.
Joaquín, ¿ya le diste los buenos días a tu abuelita?
Joaquín, did you say good morning to your granny?
2. Buen día – Good day
‘Buen día’ can be seen as just a variation of ‘buenos días’, however, Spanish speakers also use this phrase in the afternoon since it is also a way to wish someone a good day. Unlike ‘buenos días’, this phrase works well as a greeting and as a farewell and as a result, it can be translated as ‘good morning’, ‘morning’ or ‘good day’.
Buen día + [complement]
Buen día, nos vemos mañana.
Have a good day, see you tomorrow.
Buen día, ¿tienen servicio?
Good morning, do you have service?
Buen día, vengo a la reunión de padres.
Good morning, I’m here for the parents’ meeting.
3. ¿Cómo amaneciste? – How are you this morning?
‘Amanecer’ in Spanish means ‘to wake up’, so, ¿cómo amaneciste? is an expression used in the mornings to ask someone how they slept and how they’re feeling. There is no direct English equivalent, but it is close in meaning to ‘how are you this morning’? or ‘did you sleep well?’
Just a heads-up: this expression is used when there is some sense of familiarity or closeness with the person you’re asking.
¿Cómo + [‘amanecer’ conjugated] + [complement]?
¿Cómo amaneciste, mi amor?
Did you sleep well, babe?
Buenos días, ¿cómo amanecieron?
Good morning, did you sleep well?
¿Cómo amaneciste? Te hice el desayuno.
How are you this morning? I made you breakfast.
Take Note: You can also use this expression at other times of the day to ask people how they are. However, in this case, it implies that this person was not in very good health or spirits the day before.
¿Cómo amaneció tu niño?
How is your boy feeling?
¿Cómo amaneciste?, ¿te sientes mejor?
How are you today? Are you feeling better?
4. Hola – Hello
As you probably already know, ‘hola’ means ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ and it’s a standard greeting in Spanish. Keep in mind that this is a casual greeting that can also be used to say good morning in informal settings. So it’s great to greet your family and friends by saying ‘hola’ but not so much to your boss or teacher.
Hola + [complement]
Hola, un café, por favor.
Hello, one coffee, please.
Hola, ¿qué tal te fue anoche?
Hello, how was it last night?
Hola, ¿qué vamos a desayunar?
Hi, what are we going to have for breakfast?
5. ¿Cómo va tu mañana? – How is your morning going?
If you’re looking for a more straightforward way of asking someone how their morning has been, you can say ¿cómo va tu mañana?, which means ‘how is your morning going?’. Since this is another way of saying ‘good morning’ in Spanish, the answers tend to be short and simple, but it can also be a great way to show interest in the other person and start a conversation.
¿Cómo va + [tu / su] + mañana + [complement]?
¿Cómo va su mañana, patrón?
How is your morning going, boss?
Hola, Luisa, ¿cómo va tu mañana?
Hello, Luisa, how is your morning going?
¿Cómo va tu mañana? ¿Todo bien?
How is your morning going? Is everything okay?
Of course, you could also combine this with ‘hola’ and say a variation of the following:
Knowing how to greet people depending on the hour of the day is an essential part of learning a language. For that reason, in this article, we’ve gone through different ways of saying good morning in Spanish .
Using the five expressions gathered in this article in your everyday interactions will make you sound natural and polite and chances are people will appreciate your greetings.
Now you’re ready to wish people a good day, ask them about their morning and casually greet them. So don’t be shy and next time you enter a room be sure to dar los buenos dias.