Definition – Que te vaya bien is a Spanish expression that can be either used as a way to say ‘have a good day’ or to wish someone luck. Depending on the context, it can be translated as ‘have a good/nice day’ or ‘good luck’.
What does ‘Que te Vaya Bien’ mean?
- Translation #1: When used as a farewell, que te vaya bien means ‘have a good day’ or ‘have a nice day’.
- Translation #2: If used to wish someone luck on a certain activity, it means ‘good luck’.
How and When to use ‘Que te Vaya Bien’?
- As a way to say ‘have a good day’. ‘Que te vaya bien’ is a popular phrase that people use to say ‘have a good day’. In this situation, we only use this phrase when a person is leaving a place.
- To wish someone good luck. This expression can also be used to wish good luck in a certain activity. For this meaning, the activity that you want to go well for someone is known through the context, or you can explicitly mention it.
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Examples on How to Use ‘Que te Vaya Bien’
Here are some examples that will help you see how to apply que te vaya bien in your conversations.
To Say ‘Have a Good Day’
The only rule that you need to keep in mind for this meaning is that we only use this expression with a person that is leaving a place. As a result, ‘qué te vaya bien’ is used as a farewell, but also as a way to say ‘have a good day’.
If you want to use ‘que te vaya bien’ with other people rather than ‘tú’ (you), the only thing you need to do is change the indirect pronoun accordingly.
Que + [indirect pronoun] + vaya + bien
De nada, señorita, que le vaya bien
You’re welcome, miss, have a good day
¡Que les vaya bien en el trabajo! Manejen con cuidado
Have a good day at work, you guys! Drive carefully
¿Ya te vas a la escuela, mi amor? ¡Que te vaya bien! Nos vemos más tarde
Are you going to school now, sweetie? Have a nice day! See you later
Take Note: In this context, you can use ‘que le vaya bien’ alone or if you want to be more specific, you can add en + place to wish someone a good day at work or school.
To Wish Someone Good Luck
Spanish speakers also use ‘que te vaya bien’ to wish someone luck in a particular activity that they’re about to perform such as a test, project, interview, etc. This also works to wish luck when someone is going to a place. In order to express this meaning, you can use the following structure:
Que + [indirect pronoun] + vaya + bien/mal + en + [activity/place]
Amor, que te vaya muy bien en tu entrevista mañana
Amor, good luck in your interview tomorrow
Diana, Marta, que les vaya bien en el hospital, avísenme cómo les fue
Diana, Marta good luck at the hospital, let me know how it goes
Take Note: If the activity or place is implied, you don’t need to mention it.
¿Mañana es su examen para la universidad? Que les vaya bien, chicos
Tomorrow is your exam for university? Good luck, guys
Who Can You Use ‘Que te Vaya Bien’ With?
‘Que te vaya bien’ is commonly used by all speakers in formal and casual situations. Just make sure to follow the previous rules.
Other Ways to Say ‘Ya Estuvo’
- Suerte en/con → ‘Good luck’. This expression is useful when you want to mention the place or the activity that you want to go well.
- ¡Éxito! → It’s the direct translation of ‘success’, but people may use this word to wish you success (luck) in a certain activity.
- Que tengas un buen día → It’s the direct translation of ‘have a good day’. Unlike ‘qué te vaya bien’ it doesn’t need to be used when people are leaving.
Related Resource: Different Ways to Say ‘Have a Good Day’ in Spanish