Getting started with Spanish 1
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5 Greetings at different times of the day

Table 2 lists greetings for different times of the day.

Table 2 Greetings for the morning, afternoon and evening

Buenos días. Good morning
Buenas tardes. Good afternoon. / Good evening
Buenas noches. Good evening. / Good night

Buenos días is used in the morning and, in Spain, until lunchtime, even if lunchtime is at 2 or 3 p.m. Buenas tardes is used until around 8 o’clock, and from then on Buenas noches is used.

Activity 5

Listen to the following people greeting each other and click how many times each of the following expressions is used.

Buenos días • Buenas tardes • Buenas noches

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Listen to people using greetings at different times of day.

—Hola, buenos días.

—Buenos días.

—Señoras, señores, buenas tardes y bienvenidos a la Conferencia Anual de la Asociación de...

—Buenas noches.

—Buenas noches.

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How many times is buenos días used?

a. 

Once


b. 

Twice


c. 

Three times


The correct answer is b.

How many times is buenas tardes used?

a. 

Once


b. 

Twice


c. 

Three times


The correct answer is a.

How many times is buenas noches used?

a. 

Once


b. 

Twice


c. 

Three times


The correct answer is b.

Activity 6

Match each greeting with the correct speech bubble.

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Figure 1 a) top left, b) far top right, c) top right, d) bottom

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. (a)

  2. (b)

  3. (c)

  4. (d)

  • a.Buenas tardes

  • b.Buenos días

  • c.¡Buenas noches, chicos !

  • d.Buenas noches

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = c
  • 3 = d
  • 4 = b
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