Learn Spanish by Let’s Speak Spanish. Let’s learn how to greet in 6 countries from Latin America.
When you go to Latin America, you listen to many ways of saying “Hello, how are you?”, they all have different origins, most of them very funny actually, they mean the same tho. Today I want you to learn some of them, please read, listen and repeat aloud.
Hola, che, ¿cómo andás?: this is like saying “Hello, dude, how is it going“. Che means either “hey” or “buddy”, or simply “hey, buddy.”
¿Qué onda?: Is slang in Spanish for “Whats up?“. This slang/greeting is mostly used in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala and Chile. “¿Che, qué onda?” | “Hey, whats up?”.
¿Cómo vas?: This expression is like asking “How is your day going?“.
¿Cómo estai?: In Chile, some people will ask you “¿Cómo estai?”, this is a variation in the pronunciation but is exactly the same than saying “¿Cómo está?” but adding and ‘i’ at the end. It sounds like this.
¿Quiubo?: This is a contraction of ‘qué’ (what) and ‘hubo’ (verb ‘haber’ was) to mean ‘what’s up’ or “what happened?”.
¿Qué más?: It literally means “What else?“; this is like asking someone what is new.
¿Qué me dices?: “What do you say?“, this is the literal meaning of that expression. This is a very common and usual way to start a conversation or greeting someone in Costa Rica and other countries from Latin America.
Pura Vida: Spanish for “pure life“. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting to a synonym for “excellent.” Puerto Ricans follow this lifestyle and are some of the most wonderful people on earth. A synonym of “Hakuna Matata.“
¿Como está la cosa?: When they tell you that, Cubans are literally asking you “How is the thing?” meaning life or just everything.
¿Qué bola asere?: Asere takes its name from the sacred Efik-language greeting of the Afro-Cuban Abakuá religion, meaning literally, “I salute you.” Today, it is a common greeting among Cubans. Meaning friend, buddy, homie, dude, etc.
¿Qué xopá?: This one is very curious and funny, this is saying ¿qué pasó? (What happened?) but backward. When you say ‘xopá’ sounds like saying ‘pasó’ from right to left.
Spanish is a very interesting and beautiful language, to understand it and its expressions sometimes is important to get to know its people and origins.
Source: Eduardo Mendoza.