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The best and most common way to wish luck in Spanish is simply that: desear suerte (to wish luck). You can say: te deseo buena suerte (I wish you good luck) or.

How to Say “Good Luck” in Spanish

Saying "good luck" in Spanish is quite simple. Luck is translated as "suerte." The word suerte, can be combined with the word buena to become buena suerte (good luck), or mala to become mala suerte (bad luck). To wish someone ‘good luck’ you can just tell them buena suerte, which can also be shortened in informal situations to suerte. I cannot think of an occasion where you would wish bad luck on someone, but in case you needed to say it, you would make sure to use the entire phrase, mala suerte. If you know someone who is very lucky or just had something very lucky happen to them, you might say "Que suertudo!" (What good luck!)

Another word used often in Spanish when relating to good luck would be afortunado.Una persona afortunada is a very fortunate person. By adding the prefix, des-, you can say the same about a person who typically has bad luck. El es una persona desafortunada. The same word can be turned into an adverb by adding –mente to the end. Fortunately would be pronounced afortunadamente, and unfortunately as desafortunadamente.

Luck and Symbolism

Within Spanish-speaking cultures, there are a few well-known sayings related to luck. One would be "no hay mal que por bien no venga," meaning that even bad luck comes by way of good luck or in simpler terms "good luck." Obviously sayings dealing with luck are unique to a culture and not always self-explanatory to second language learners.

Another saying or dicho that deals with luck would be "el nuevo bebe siempre trae la torta bajo el brazo." This phrase is very confusing if taken literally (A new baby always carries a torta under its arm). Not only does it not seem to have anything to do with luck at all, but just doesn’t make any sense. However, the phrase itself actually means "A new baby always brings something new (luck)."

This idiom reveals how important a new arrival is in the family. Equally as concerning, is the idea of the evil eye in Mexican culture. This theory states that if your new baby gets sick it is because someone has put an unlucky curse on it because they are jealous of your family’s happiness.

In many Spanish-speaking countries, people remain very superstitious in general. There are many good luck charms, several of which deal with the Catholic religion, where having a cross in the house or a necklace with a cross or the image of the Virgin Mary to keep them safe. A less culture-specific good luck charm, the rabbit’s foot, is still a popular good luck charm in Spanish-speaking countries.

rabbit’s foot (pata de conejo)

Activities Dealing With Luck

Students can practice dealing with the concept of luck in Spanish by adding the words afortunadamente, or desafortunadamente to the beginning of sentences provided by the teacher. Students must read the sentence and then decide which word would be most appropriate to use to start it off.

This can be turned into a game by having students start off with a sentence with afortunadamente. The following student must continue telling the story from the first sentence with a sentence beginning with desafortunadamente. They will have to alternate sentences with these two words until a student finds a way to end the story.

Students can also create skits in which one character must wish another character buena suerte to perform for the class. The audience must cheer them on by shouting "Que buena suerte!"

Finally, I wish you "buena suerte" in mastering good luck in Spanish.

This post is part of the series: Good Luck in Different Cultures

What does good luck mean in different cultures?

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  4. Teaching Expressions of Good Luck in Spanish

I wish you the best of luck and every success in Te deseo la mejor de las suertes y todo el éxito en Used when wishing someone success in the future.

Saying Good Luck in Spanish

good luck and best wishes in spanish

All cultures and languages have expressions about good and bad luck so it's not surprising to find similar phrases in different languages. Let's take a look at some Spanish expressions used to express good and :( bad wishes and talk about fortune in general.
The best and most common way to wish luck in Spanish is simply that: desear suerte (to wish luck). You can say: te deseo buena suerte (I wish you good luck) or omit the adjective buena(good) and simply say te deseo suerte (I wish you luck). In the following example, the Mother Superior is addressing Father Manuel formally, and that's why she uses the pronoun le instead of te. 

Muy bien, le deseo suerte.
Very well, I wish you luck.
Caption 22, Muñeca Brava - 18 - La Apuesta - Part 11

You can also omit the verb desear:

OK, buena suerte al aprender español.
Okay, good luck learning Spanish.
Caption 29, Cabarete - Escuela de trapecio

Or omit both verb and adjective and emphatically say just ¡suerte!:

Good luck!
Caption 4, Frutería "Los Mangos" - Vendiendo Frutas

Other common expressions are ¡Qué buena suerte! (How lucky!) and ¡Qué mala suerte! (How unlucky!). It's also common to just say ¡Qué suerte! (literally "Such luck!"); whether the person is referring to bad or good luck is left to be inferred from the context.

¡Qué suerte encontrar a Gustavo!
How lucky to find Gustavo!
Caption 46, Eljuri - "Fuerte" EPK - Part 1

Now, we wouldn't like to be the ones teaching you how to wish bad luck. Besides, apart from expressions that involve the verb maldecir (to curse), it would basically consist of substituting the adjective buena (good) with mala (bad). For example, te deseo mala suertemeans “I wish you bad luck.” Guess bad-luck-wishers are less creative than good-luck-wishers!
But there's an expression about bad luck that’s very common, and very superstitious in nature: echar la sal (literally, "to throw salt at," to jinx). So you would say ¡No me eches la sal! (Don't jinx me!), or Lucía me echó la sal y por eso me caí (Lucía jinxed me and that's why I fell). We don't have an example yet of this particular expression in our catalog of videos, but we have something even more interesting. The belief that salt is associated with bad luck is a widespread superstition in many cultures, Spanish- and English-speaking cultures included, of course. According to this superstition, spilling salt is bad luck and throwing a pinch over your shoulder reverses that bad luck, right? Have you ever seen a chef doing this? If you haven't, check out our chef Tatiana, who is very much into magic thought, when she is preparing her salsa:

Preparamos una super salsa.
We make a great salsa.
Caption 25, Tatiana y su cocina - Chilaquiles

Finally, if you prefer more linguistic ways of protecting yourself from bad luck, there's the expression tocar madera (knock on wood). You need to conjugate the verb to use it properly. Here's a made-up example, along with several other colorful Spanish expressions all put together, to contribute to your research on the topic of bad luck versus good luck.
¿Y si te resbalas? Sería muy mala pata, ¿no?
And if you slip? That would be really unlucky, no?
¡Cállate, no me salesToco madera.
Shut up, don't jinx meKnock on wood!
¡Qué la boca se te haga chicharrón!
 I hope it won't happen! (Literally, "May your mouth turn into a pork rind!")


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Greetings and Farewells

Spanish Vocabulary

Greetings in Spanish

In Spanish there are different ways of greeting and saying hello depending on the context of the situation, the time of day and who you are talking to. Some of the most common expressions are:

  • Hola (informal)
    - Hi. - For any time of day. This is the most common greeting in Spanish.
  • Buenos días
    - Good morning
  • Buenas tardes
    - Good afternoon
  • Buenas noches
    - Good evening / Good night
  • Que tengas buenos días ... (informal)
    - Have a good day
  • Que tenga (ud.) buenos días ... (formal)
    - Have a good day
  • Que gusto de verte (informal)
    - It's nice to see you
  • Que gusto de verlo (formal)
    - I'm glad to see you
  • Tanto tiempo sin verte
    - Long time no see

Asking how someone is in Spanish

Normally the difference between a formal and informal greeting depends on the use of or usted. These are different ways of asking how someone is:

Remember for questions in Spanish we begin with an inverted question mark (¿)

  • ¿Cómo estás (tú)? - informal
    - How are you?
  • ¿Cómo está Usted? - formal
    - How are you?
  • ¿Qué tal?
    - What's up?
  • ¿Cómo has estado? - (se refiere a tu salud o eventos nuevos de tu vida privada)
    - How have you been?
  • ¿Cómo te ha ido?
    - How's everything been going?
  • ¿Cómo te va? (informal)
    - How's it going?
  • ¿Cómo le va? (formal)
    - How are things going for you?
  • ¿Cómo está(n) tu _____? hermano(s), novia, familia, padre(s), etc.
    - How is (are) your brother(s), girlfriend, family, parents...

Asking people what they have been doing of late

These questions are asking about new things the other person has been doing recently (or since the last time you met):

  • ¿Qué has hecho (últimamente)?
    - What have you done (lately)?
  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo?
    - What's new?
  • ¿Qué (me) cuentas?
    - What's new? (literally: What can you tell me?)

These were the day to day greetings, now let's look at the ones for special days and occasions

Greetings for Christmas, New Year and other celebrations

  • Feliz año nuevo
    - Happy New Year
  • Próspero año nuevo
    - Prosperous / Happy New Year
  • Les deseamos una feliz navidad
    - We wish you a merry Christmas
  • Felices fiestas
    - Happy celebrations
  • Felices fiestas patrias
    - Happy National day
  • Quisiera desearles unas bonitas fiestas
    - I would like to wish you a beautiful / wonderful celebration
  • Que tengan unas bonitas fiestas
    - Have a beautiful / wonderful celebration
  • Feliz día de la madre
    - Happy Mother's day
  • Feliz día del padre
    - Happy Father's day
  • Feliz Santo (Santa)
    - Happy Saint's day

Birthday greetings in Spanish

  • Nosotros te deseamos muchas / muchísimas felicidades en tu cumpleaños
    - We wish you a lot of happiness on your birthday
  • Con todo nuestro cariño para ti en este día especial
    - With all of our affection for you on this special day
  • Quisiera desearte muchas felicidades en tu día
    - I would like to wish you much happiness on your day
  • Que tengas un muy feliz cumpleaños
    - Have a happy birthday
  • Te deseo lo mejor en este día
    - I wish you the best on this day

What to say in Spanish when someone is sick

  • Que te mejores pronto
    - Get well soon
  • Que te recuperes pronto
    - Get well / recover soon
  • Le deseo una pronta recuperación (formal)
    - I wish you a quick recovery.

Wishing someone good luck in Spanish

  • ¡Que tengas suerte!
    - Good luck!
  • ¡Qué te vaya bien!
    - Good luck (I hope everything goes well)
  • Buena suerte en ... tu(s) prueba, proyectos, universidad, etc.
    - Good luck in ... your test, project, university etc
  • Te deseamos mucha suerte con ...
    - I wish you a lot of luck with ..
  • Te deseamos lo mejor ...
    - I wish you the best ...
  • ¡Mejor suerte para la próxima vez!
    - Better luck next time!

How to congratulate someone in Spanish

  • ¡Felicitaciones!
    - Congratulations
  • ¡Muy bien!
    - Very good
  • ¡Qué bien!
    - Great!
  • ¡Excelente!
    - Excellent!
  • ¡Qué bien hecho!
    - Well done!
  • ¡Buen trabajo!
    - Good work!
  • ¡Felicidades por tu ... (nuevo hijo, nuevo trabajo...)!
    - Congratulations for your ...
  • ¡Enhorabuena!
    - Congratulations (when someone has just done something - passing an exam, getting a new job - also for the birth of a child or getting married)

Saying goodbye in Spanish

Farewells also depend on the context and the person you are speaking to.

  • Adiós
    - Goodbye / Bye
  • Nos vemos
    - See you
  • Saludos a ... tu mamá, papá, etc.
    - Say hi to ... your mum, dad etc
  • Hasta pronto
    - See you soon
  • Hasta luego
    - See you later / soon
  • Hasta siempre
    - A final goodbye, you will most likely not see each other again
  • Hasta nunca
    - Until never (as in, we'll never see each other again, sometimes said when angry)
  • Hasta mañana
    - Until tomorrow
  • Hasta la otra semana
    - Until next week
  • Hasta el próximo fin de semana
    - Until next weekend
  • Te veo luego
    - See you soon
  • Chao
    - Bye
  • ¡Cuídate! (very common en Chile)
    - Take care
  • Nos estamos viendo...
    - We'll see you around

How to begin a letter in Spanish

  • De nuestra consideración (formal - impersonal)
    - To whom it may concern
  • Estimado señor (formal - for a man)
    - Dear Sir (or Dear Mr... when it is followed by a surname)
  • Estimada señora/señorita (formal - for a woman)
    - Dear Madam (or Dear Mrs... when it is followed by a surname)
  • Querido amigo
    - Dearest Friend (a male friend)
  • Querida amiga
    - Dearest Friend (a female friend)
  • Hola amigo / amiga
    - Hi Mate, Hi friend

Ways of ending a letter in Spanish

  • Saluda cordialmente a Ud. (formal)
    - Yours faithfully
  • Atentamente (formal)
    - Yours truly
  • Sinceramente (formal)
    - Yours Sincerely
  • Cariñosamente
    - Affectionately
  • Marta y yo les deseamos lo mejor (a ustedes)
    - Marta and I wish you the best
  • Déle mis saludos a... (persona indeterminada)
    - Give my regards to ...
  • Esperando... tu respuesta/recibir tu respuesta/saber de ti.
    - Waiting... for your reply/ to receive a reply/to hear from you
  • Quedo a la espera de tu/su respuesta.
    - I await your response
  • Abrazos / Besos de parte de...
    - Hugs / kisses from ...
  • Un saludo desde... (Chile, Londres... etc).
    - Greetings from ... (Hi or Bye from...)
  • Con amor
    - With love
  • Con cariño
    - With affection
  • Escríbeme pronto
    - Write soon

Next Activities

Try our interactive vocabulary game to practise: Greetings and Farewells in Spanish Game

You may want to check out our notes in Spanish about Saludos y Despedidas.

If you found this Spanish Vocabulary about Greetings and Farewells useful, let others know about it:

We believe it's also good luck to wish those around you a Happy New Year in their native All my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!.

Greetings and Farewells

good luck and best wishes in spanish

Have a good time!

¡Que lo pases bien!

The Virgin brought us good luck.

La Virgen nos trajo buena suerte.

The Virgin did not bring us good luck.

La Virgen no nos trajo buena suerte.

Did The Virgin bring us good luck?

¿Nos trajo La Virgen buena suerte?

to wish good luck

Desear suerte a una persona

She brings us good luck.

Ella nos trae buena suerte.

She does not bring us good luck.

Ella no nos trae buena suerte.

Does she bring us good luck?

¿Nos trae ella buena suerte?

Good luck. My very best wishes.

¡Buena suerte! ¡Mis mejores deseos!

What a piece / stroke of good luck!

¡Qué suerte!

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