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In Spanish, whenever you want to use an exclamation point or a question mark, you need to place that symbol in front of the sentence as well as at the end of the sentence. So "¡Hola!" is like saying "Hello!" in English. (Except you vertically flip the symbol, and with the question mark, you flip it vertically and invert it)
ummm... not sure I'm one to give advice here my spanish sucks... but, on my Mac "alt" and "1" puts in the upside down exclamation point ¡ (on a mac it is actually just "option" then key 1) just like "shift" "1" is the regular exclamation point! also... in windows, "alt" held down, then 0161, then let go of "alt"should give an upside down exclamation point I believe...
I wouldn't say aggressive, but rather I think exclamation marks are friendly! I think they use them to demonstrate this is a callout or expression or greeting rather than the basic form of a word. when teaching english, i would also commonly put an exclamation mark on 'hello!' because of the singsong style we say it in and to demonstrate friendliness :)