If you’d like to say “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish, you can use “*Hola, ¿cómo estás?” (informal/singular). If you are greeting someone in a more formal setting, you’ll want to use “Hola, ¿cómo está?” (formal/singular). If you are talking to multiple people, you’d say “Hola, ¿cómo están?*” (informal/plural).

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Another version you’ll likely here in conversation is “*Hola, ¿qué tal estás?” (informal/singular) and “Hola, ¿qué tal están?*” (informal/plural).

Learning Spanish can be confusing at the start, but remember that you don’t have to tackle all the options immediately. Even with a common phrase like “Hello, how are you?” getting a handle on one option is going to work pretty well in most circumstances. As you progress on your learning journey, you can slowly incorporate other words with more nuanced meanings.


For new Spanish language learners, there are some basic building blocks that make for a great place to start. These are essential words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Mastering these basics can put you on the path to having everyday conversations in Spanish. Here’s a more complete list of the basic words and phrases:

= YesNo = No¿Quién? = Who?¿Qué? = What?¿Por qué? = Why?¿Dónde? = Where?Hola = HelloMe gusta = I likeNo me gusta = I don’t likeAdiós = GoodbyePor favor = PleaseGracias = Thank youLo siento = SorrySalud = Bless you

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After you have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in just this way—first teaching the basics, then tackling the longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.


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