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Mind your P’s and Q’s: Being Polite in Spanish

Whenever you meet someone new, it’s natural to want to put your best foot forward. You want to be kind, courteous, and not seem rude. Did you know that what one culture considers rude, another one might not? For example, in the United States, it’s not common to stare at people you don’t know because it feels like an invasion of privacy. In other cultures, like in Spain, it’s not considered rude to look at people you don’t know on the street. In this article, we’ll give you some tips to be polite in Spanish. That way, you never have to worry about coming off as rude. Keep reading to learn more.

Phrases for meeting new people

If you’re anxious about what to say when meeting someone new, don’t worry! Here are some great phrases to help you make some new friends:

  1. Mucho gusto. It’s nice to meet you.
  2. Encantado/a. It’s a pleasure (it literally translates to “charmed” or “enchanted”)
  3. Es un placer. It’s a pleasure.
  4. Igualmente. Likewise.

Phrases to express gratitude

Of course, you could always say gracias for thanks, but let’s step it up with these great phrases:

  1. Muchas gracias. Thank you very much.
  2. Mil gracias. A thousand thanks.
  3. Gracias por todo. Thanks for everything.
  4. Estoy muy agradecido/a. I’m very thankful.

Phrases to say “you’re welcome”

To say “you’re welcome” in Spanish, you might have heard “de nada”. There are lots more ways to say “you’re welcome” to make you sound a bit more like a native speaker. Check these out:

  1. No hay problema. No problem.
  2. No te preocupes. Don’t worry about it.
  3. No hay de qué. No worries, it was nothing.
  4. El placer es mío. The pleasure is mine.

There are lots of other ways to be polite in Spanish with your words and actions, but these are great phrases to learn in the beginning of your language learning journey. Are there any other phrases that you’ve heard that you like?

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