What do you say when you just meet someone in the morning, afternoon or night?

Well, this is the standard way, used often in Colombia and Latin America

If you are familiar with that person you could simply say “Buenos días” or “Hola” followed by a question about how they are:

Question Answer
Morning Buenos días. ¿Cómo estás?
Good morning. How are you?
Bien, gracias y ¿tú?
Good, thank you and you?
Afternoon Buenas tardes. ¿Cómo estás?
Good afternoon. How are you?
Bien, gracias y ¿tú?
Good, thank you and you?/td>
Night Buenas noches. ¿Cómo estás?
Good evening. How are you?
Bien, gracias y ¿tú?
Good, thank you and you?
Morning / afternoon/ Night Hola. ¿Cómo estás?
Hi. How are you?
Bien, gracias y ¿tú?
Good, thank you and you?

If you are in a formal situation, you simply say “Buenos días”, “Buenas tardes” or “Buenas noches” and the answer will be also “Buenos días”, “Buenas tardes” or “Buenas noches”, respectively.

And now.. the Colombian way! Mostly used between friends (not the boss!)

“Buenas” is probably the most common way of greeting someone in Colombia. It is short for “Buenas tardes” or “Buenas Noches” but you can also use it in the morning.

¡Qué hubo!
“Qué hubo” is pronounce like ¡Quiubo! and means What’s been going on?

¿Qué más?
“¿Qué más?” literally means, “What else?” but we use it to say “Hey! How are you?

¿Qué cuentas?
“¿Qué cuentas?” literally means “What do you have to tell?” but we use it to simply ask, “What’s been going on?”

Imagine a city that offers you beautiful landscapes, vibrant a modern architecture, world-class museums and art galleries and a story to tell.

We love our city and we like to show it off to visitors! From La Candelaria to Monserrate there are so many awesome things to do in Bogotá, you’ll wish you could stay longer.

These are the things to do in Bogota that should be at the very top of your list. Go on, get out there.

1. Learn Spanish, of course!

Learn More than Spanish School offers a variety of courses in General Spanish or Spanish for Business to help you boost your education and increase career prospects. One of the best things about learning Spanish in Bogota is that you’ll make friends and memories to last a lifetime!

2. Visit “El Cerro de Monserrate”

3,152 metres above the sea level, Monserrate is a mountain that you can’t ignore.

Monserrate dominates the city center of Bogotá, it is a pilgrim destination, as well as a tourist attraction.

You can take the regular teleférico (cable car), funicular or walk up Cerro de Monserrate, visit its church, built in the 17th century, take a look at its jaw-dropping panoramic view and eat and drink typical Colombian food.

3. Take a Graffiti Walking Tour

What happens when a city let graffiti artists do their thing? Well, the city evolves, you see colour, self-expression and thoughtful pieces of art everywhere. This is a must try tour!

4. Visit “La Candelaria”

With an Spanish Colonial architecture of houses, churches and buildings, La Candelaria is the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá.

La Candelaria is home to the La Candelaria top museums, the government and beautiful colonial buildings along narrow cobblestone streets.

5. Visit “La Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá”

about an hour outside of Bogota, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine, 200 meters underground.

Built by miners as a place for their daily prayers, now It is considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture.

In a conversation with native Spanish speakers chances are you are going to hear cultural expressions, idioms or sayings. Phrases that you have to figure out not by its literal meaning but its relation to the conversation or context.

It is quite important to learn and to be aware of these expressions, they make language more interesting and will help you to immerse yourself in the culture.

Here, you will find 5 expressions that have food related terms in them. Remember, the translation will not make sense at all in most cases, the key to learn them is not to look at them or read them in a literal sense. Enjoy!

1. Pedirle peras al olmo

Food Spanish Idioms: no hay que pedirle peras al olmo

Translation: To expect an elm to bear pears.

English equivalent: You can’t get blood out of a stone/turnip.

Meaning: To ask the impossible

“No esperes que él corra 5Km, no hay que pedirle peras al olmo.”
Don’t expect him to run 5Km, you can’t get blood out of a stone.

2. Ser pan comido

Food Spanish Idioms: Pan comido

Translation: Eaten bread

English equivalent: A piece of cake / easy peasy

Meaning: Something easy to do

“¡Ganar este partido va a ser pan comido!”
Winning this game is going to be a piece of cake!

3. Ponerse rojo como un tomate

Food Spanish idioms: ponerse rojo como un tomate

Translation: To turn red as a tomato

English equivalent: go beet red / go as red as a beet / turn beetroot

Meaning: To become very red in the face, usually because you are embarrassed


“De repente se puso roja como un tomate”
She suddenly turned as red as a beetroot

4. llorar sobre la leche derramada

Food Spanish idioms: Llorar sobre la leche derramada

Translation: cry over spilled milk

English equivalent: cry over spilled milk

Meaning: get upset over something that has happened and cannot be changed

Sé que perdimos el autobús, pero no hay que llorar sobre la leche derramada, todavía tenemos tiempo.
I know we missed the bus, but there’s no need to cry over spilled milk, we still have time.

5. Donde comen dos comen tres

Food Spanish idioms: Donde comen dos comen tres

Translation: Where two eat, three eat.

English equivalent: There’s always room for one more”.

Meaning: Affirmation that an unexpected guest is well received

¿Otro bebé? !Bueno, donde comen dos comen tres!
Another baby? Oh well, there’s always room for one more!

Can you use these expressions in a sentence? Write it in the comments section below!

Looking for something to do in Bogota this coming weekend? What about practice a little, or a lot Spanish?

Remember, learning Spanish doesn’t stop when you step outside the classroom.

Here are our 3 top tips to help you get started practicing Spanish in your free time.

1. Keep calm and READ a book

If you want to Learn Spanish in Colombia quickly, make a habit of reading regularly!

Read as many Spanish books, newspapers, and magazines as you can get your hands on, the more you read, the more input your brain gets about how the language works.

2. When the words fail, MUSIC speaks

Demonstrated by science, music helps second language learners acquire grammar, vocabulary and improve spelling.

Choose a catchy song from lyricstraining.com, let’s say… “Mark Antony’s Vivir mi vida Karaoke” practice listening for detail, write down some vocabulary and maybe dance.

3. Binge-watch, yes please!


Yes, we all have heard the news, binge-watching is bad, but burying yourself in blankets and watch a Spanish TV show or why not, a soap opera, just to improve your Spanish, doesn’t sound too bad, right?

Here is a youtube.com list of one of my favorite soap operas “Betty la Fea”, enjoy!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips, we are pretty sure there are plenty more, please let us know yours in the comments!