Looking to go beyond a simple “hola” to start your conversations? Learn how to greet people by saying “good afternoon” in Spanish!
Precision is one of the key differences between intermediate Spanish speakers and advanced Spanish speakers. While greeting with a simple hello or “how are you?” should be enough to get you through the beginner Spanish stage, you definitely want to use more specific greetings as you learn Spanish and become more and more fluent.
Learning how to say good afternoon in Spanish is perhaps even more important than you’d think as an English speaker. While greeting with a “good afternoon” in English is by no means uncommon, it’s also not generally the expectation. In most Spanish-speaking countries, however, you’ll notice that the most common greeting in everyday interactions addresses the time of day.
For example, if you walk into a coffee shop in the morning to order some coffee, the barista will likely greet you with a “buenos días,” which is Spanish for good morning. Similarly, you will be greeted with a “good afternoon” in Spanish when you walk into a store or interact with pretty much anyone any time after noon.
So, if your goal is to master the Spanish language like a pro, then you definitely want to make sure that you understand how to say good afternoon in Spanish! That’s why we’ve compiled over 40 ways for you to say it!
How to say good afternoon in Spanish
The most common way to say good afternoon in Spanish is simply buenas tardes (boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs). As you may have noticed, this phrase is in plural, thus translating into “good afternoons.” That’s because wishing someone a good afternoon in Spanish also implies that you wish them more good afternoons in the future! Thoughtful, right?
|Good afternoon!||¡Buenas tardes!||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes ‖||boo-eh-nahs tahr-dehs|
|Good afternoon, nice to meet you.||Buenas tardes, un gusto conocerte.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | un ˈɡusto konoˈseɾte ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, oohn plah-sehr|
|Good afternoon||Buena tarde||ˈbwena ˈtaɾðe||boo-eh-nah tar-deh|
|Pretty afternoon||Linda tarde||ˈlinda ˈtaɾðe||leen-dah tar-deh|
|Happy afternoon||Feliz tarde||feˈlis ˈtaɾðe||feh-leez tar-deh|
|Pretty afternoon to everyone||Linda tarde a todos||ˈlinda ˈtaɾðe a ˈtoðos||leen-dah tar-deh ah toh-dohs|
|How’s your afternoon?||¿Qué tal tu tarde?||ˈke ˈtal tu ˈtaɾðe ‖||keh tal too dee-ah|
|How’s your afternoon going?||¿Cómo va tu tarde?||ˈkomo ˈβa tu ˈtaɾðe ‖||koh-mo vah too tar-deh|
Good afternoon in Spanish using titles for a man or woman
As you know, Spanish is a gendered language, so you often have to take the gender of the person you’re speaking to into consideration. Luckily, the main phrase “buenas tardes” is the same regardless of the gender of the person you’re greeting — the only gender change is the adjective “bueno” being modified to “buenas” to fit the feminine plural noun “tardes.” Need a refresher on the adjective-noun agreement rules? Check out our article on Spanish adjectives for a quick review!
|Good afternoon, madam.||Buenas tardes, mandam.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | manˈdam ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, mah-dahm|
|Good afternoon, miss.||Buenas tardes, señorita.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | seɲoˈɾita ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, seh-nyor-e-tah|
|Good afternoon, sir.||Buenas tardes, señor.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | seˈɲoɾ ‖||boo-eh-nahs-tar-dehs, seh-nyor|
|Good afternoon, young woman.||Buenas tardes, jovencita.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | xoβenˈsita ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, ho-vehn-see-tah|
|Good afternoon, young man.||Buenas tardes, jovencito.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | xoβenˈsito ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, ho-vehn-see-toh|
|Good afternoon, ma’am.||Buenas tardes, señora.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | seˈɲoɾa ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, seh-nyor-ah|
|Good afternoon, friend.||Buenas tardes, amiga.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | aˈmiɣa ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, ah-me-gah|
|Good afternoon, friend.||Buenas tardes, amigo.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | aˈmiɣo ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, ah-me-go|
|Good afternoon, princess.||Buenas tardes, princesa.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | pɾinˈsesa ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, preen-seh-sah|
|Good afternoon, prince.||Buenas tardes, príncipe.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈpɾinsipe ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, preen-see-peh|
|Good afternoon, my queen.||Buenas tardes, mi reina.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | mi ˈrejna ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs me ray-e-nah|
|Good afternoon, my king.||Buenas tardes, mi rey.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | mi ˈrej ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, me ray|
|Good afternoon, beautiful.||Buenas tardes, hermosa.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | eɾˈmosa ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, air-mo-sah|
|Good afternoon, handsome.||Buenas tardes, guapo.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈɡwapo ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, goo-ah-poe|
|Good afternoon, girl.||Buenas tardes, nena.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈnena ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, neh-na|
|Good afternoon, boy.||Buenas tardes, nene.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈnene ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, neh-neh|
|Good afternoon, dad.||Buenas tardes, papi.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈpapi ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, pah-pee|
|Good afternoon, mom.||Buenas tardes, mami.||ˈbwenas ˈtaɾðes | ˈmami ‖||boo-eh-nahs tar-dehs, ma-me|
Good afternoon in Spanish slang
It’s almost impossible to become fluent without learning some Spanish slang, so we make sure to include some helpful slang phrases wherever applicable. Whether you want to use these with your friends or simply want to be ready for when you run into it (because you will run into it!), here are a few slang phrases for good afternoon in Spanish.
|Good good!||¡Buenas buenas!||ˈbwenaz ˈβwenas ‖||boo-eh-nahs boo-eh-nahs|
|What’s up, how’s your afternoon?||¿Qué onda, qué tal tu tarde?||ˈke ˈonda | ˈke ˈtal tu ˈtaɾðe ‖||keh ohn-dah, keh tal too tar-deh|
|How’s it going?||¿Cómo va la cosa?||ˈkomo ˈβa la ˈkosa ‖||koh-mo vah la koh-sah|
|Good and blessed!||¡Buenas y santas!||ˈbwenas i ˈsantas ‖||booeh-nahs e san-tahs|
|What else is new?||¿Qué más pues?||ˈke ˈmas ˈpwes ‖||keh mahs poo-ehs|
|Sing it to me, tiger!||¡Dímelo cantando, tigre!||ˈdimelo kanˈtando | ˈtiɣɾe ‖||dee-meh-lo can-tahn-doe, tee-greh|
Good afternoon farewell in Spanish
Another common way of wishing someone a good afternoon in Spanish is as a parting message. Here are some ways to wish someone a good afternoon or a good rest of the day after saying goodbye in Spanish.
|Have a good afternoon!||¡Que tengas una buena tarde!||ˈke ˈtenɡas ˈuna ˈβwena ˈtaɾðe ‖||keh tehn-gas oo-nah boo-eh-nah tar-deh|
|Have a pretty afternoon!||¡Que tengas una linda tarde!||ˈke ˈtenɡas ˈuna ˈlinda ˈtaɾðe ‖||keh tehn-gas oo-nah leen-dah tar-deh|
|Hope the rest of your afternoon goes well.||Que te vaya bien en el resto de tu tarde||ˈke te ˈβaʝa ˈβjen en el ˈresto ðe tu ˈtaɾðe||keh teh bah-yah vee-ehn ehn ehl res-toe deh too tar-deh|
|Hope the rest of your day goes well.||Que te vaya bien en el resto del día||ˈke te ˈβaʝa ˈβjen en el ˈresto ðel ˈdia||keh teh vah-yah bee-ehn ehn ehl res-toe dell dee-ah|
|See you later, enjoy the rest of your day.||Hasta luego, disfruta el resto de tu día||ˈasta ˈlweɣo | disˈfɾuta el ˈresto ðe tu ˈðia||as-ta loo-eh-go, dees-froo-tah ehl res-toe deh too dee-ah|
|Have an excellent afternoon.||Que tengas una excelente tarde||ˈke ˈtenɡas ˈuna ekseˈlente ˈtaɾðe||keh ten-gas oo-nah ex-eh-lehn-teh tar-deh|
|Enjoy your afternoon!||¡Disfruta tu tarde!||disˈfɾuta tu ˈtaɾðe ‖||dees-froo-tah too tar-deh|
Do Spanish people still take afternoon naps?
Not usually. Although the world-famous Spanish siesta is still somewhat common, the truth is that almost 60% of Spaniards don’t take a siesta. Most jobs used to take the siesta into account when scheduling employees and operating hours, resulting in a 3-hour break in the afternoon. However, most offices have adopted the American “9-to-5” schedule with only a short lunch break, thus compacting the workday into fewer overall hours and reducing the need to commute twice.
Nonetheless, a good chunk of the population still takes an afternoon nap immediately after lunch to regain energy before heading back to work. Many businesses and restaurants close after lunch, so employees who are lucky enough to work in one of these do still get to take an afternoon siesta!
Which countries have an afternoon siesta?
Most countries in Latin America also have the tradition of afternoon siestas, including:
- Costa Rica
However, just as in Spain, the traditional work schedule that allows for an afternoon siesta is being phased out slowly, and they’re becoming less and less common.
Don’t sleep on afternoon greetings!
Maybe all this talk about afternoon siestas made you sleepy, but you shouldn’t sleep on this helpful vocab! Knowing a few ways to greet someone by saying good afternoon in Spanish can make all the difference between average and advanced proficiency.
Remember, learning a language isn’t like learning math or science. You’re learning how to communicate with other human beings — and, sometimes, the best way to do so is by including gentle wishes of well-being like a simple “good afternoon” in your conversations.
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