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Words nearby buenos días
What does buenos días mean?
Where does buenos días come from?
Buenos días is a common expression in Spanish—and one of the first things Spanish-language learners pick up.
Buenos means “good” and días literally means “days” in Spanish, but refers to daylight or the morning more generally. Taken together, the two mean “good day” or “good morning”.
When buenos días became a familiar greeting in Spanish is unclear. Both words derive from Latin, and the expression could have been used in post-classical Latin as early as the 400s a.d.
Today, the expression buenos días is commonly used by Spanish speakers around the world as a polite and friendly morning “hello” to friends and strangers alike.
After lunch, people swap out buenos días for buenas tardes (“good afternoon”) in most Spanish-speaking countries. After dinner or when it’s become dark, people use buenas noches (“good night”).
How is buenos días used in real life?
Spanish speakers of all levels, from native speakers to first-time learners, use buenos días as a polite greeting in the morning before roughly 12–2pm. Spanish-language morning shows may use buenos días in their names (e.g., NBC Telemundo’s Buenos Días Miami). The phrase is sometimes even hashtagged as #buenosdias on social media.
Buenos días from the magnicient Sea of Cortez! ☀️🌊🐠
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— Chileno Bay Cabo (@ChilenoBayCabo) May 26, 2020
— Luke Stegemann (@lukestegemann) May 26, 2020
Even if you don’t speak Spanish fluently, buenos días is an important and useful expression to incorporate into your vocabulary to help you interact with Spanish speakers all around the world.
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