"Good evening, how are you?"
Translation:Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?
And this super upvoted comment was left a year ago. I´m worried how many more such ´wrong mistakes´ there are in the course.
I know right, the only difference between 'Buenos tardes, ¿Como estas?' and 'Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?' is that the later would be used to talk to someone above you and the first one is for equals, but we don't know who we are talking to in this situation
Cómo estas if he-she is your friend , cómo esta usted if he-she is a stranger
I think if it doesn't say so than Duolingo wants us to expect it to be stranger since we don't say their name.
*it's (for those who are learning English, here you need it's, the contraction of "it is").
Do you say good afternoon to your buddy or do you say good afternoon to someone you are more respectful towards?
I believe '¿cómo está usted?' is used when you want to be more formal and polite, but '¿como estas?' should be correct to translate 'how are you?' in this sentence, as it doesn't specify if you should be more formal or not.
it is correct, however duo should accept como estás, because that answer is valid
Does that mean he-she's are stranger than others and to greet them strangely?
Your answer is correct! My native language is spanish; But good evening is buenas noches and good afternoon is buenas tardes.
same here, I thought of 2nd person singular - do you have to include the tú for that?
Unless they changed it since your post, there is no answer "buenas tardes, como estas?"
My answer choices were (ignore lack of accents due to US keyboard):
Buenas noches, hasta luego usted?
Buenas tardes, como USTED? this was what I chose and can now see how it's wrong - missing "esta" (I put usted in caps for emphasis)
Buenas tardes, como esta usted? (correct answer per DL)
After some research it seems that since there is no exact spanish word for evening, evening can be either tarde or noche. So with that said, "Buenas tardes, como esta usted?" is the correct answer.
Have you learned that on Duo yet? Don't jump all over me, but my husband speaks Spanish. He gave me help on estas, es, and he said:estas is temporary and es is permanent. Tu perro es bonito. El Nino estas mal. I am pretty close, but anyone more learned fix this. Just trying to get you in right direction.
I think it is the difference between 'you' (estas) and 'he/she/it' (esta).
One is formal and one is informal. Esta is used with strangers/people of dignity (formal) and estas is used with friends and family you know well (informal).
I think it's about being formal. When you wish someone good evening you should formally ask about their well-being.
BeccaEdnie, I made the same mistake, and I think we forgot to put the accent on the final "a" in estás. In conversation, though, I don't think the addition of tú was necessary. Next time I'll just keep it more formal & say, ¿Cómo está usted?
Worse. Just canceled my subscription. I tried to give an answer (from tiles) it refuse my grammar. I put what it wanted then it gave me a hint "you can also say..." and it was the initial answer I tried!
I was wondering the same thing. What is the difference and why does it give me the como estas as an alternative when I put como esta usted, if this is incorrect?
demasiado = too (much) not too (also). Life is hard sometimes, isn't it ?
I put ¿Cómo están ustedes? And it was marked wrong. I feel like I am being psychologically abused by duolingo and will probably end up joining a cult that involves owl worship or something like that.
(My daughter loved owls. She died.) I don't think duo is that bad at all. Have been using it for a year or so.
I just joined the cult without knowing there was one, and they are STILL marking it wrong on 31 May 2019. Reported.
Exactly. It even said I couldn't use the tú form, Duo is clearly wrong here.
It is! Spanish speakers don't distinguish between afternoon and evening the way English (and German, French, and Italian) speakers do.
On the other hand, they have a specific word for that time of day between midnight and dawn (la madrugada) that English doesn't have. We might say "the wee hours," but there isn't a specific term for that.
I think it's fascinating how one culture creates words for concepts that may go unnamed in another culture.
Until the mid-1500s, "morning" was the English word for the time between midnight and sunrise. My etymology dictionary doesn't clarify why it changed to be more or less synonymous with "dawn" (which used to imply "first light of day").
This is interesting, and I'm not sure we should be talking about this here.... but I, as a native English speaker, have always heard any time between midnight and noon referred to as "morning" as in "2:00 in the morning". How do you refer to this time?
Between midnight and dawn we say in Spanish "madrugada", like early morning:
"Las 2 de la madrugada"
It is! Late afternoon or early evening. I posted right above you! How'd you miss it???
I Don't understand why usted has to be used, but I am told one is formal, tu, informal,usted.
Tú is informal. Usted is formal. There's nothing in this question to indicate that usted must be used here, though, especially if you use a keyboard instead of the word bank.
▪Tardes (la tarde): afternoon/ early evening
▪Noches (la noche): late evening/ night
Buenos dias/ buenas tardes/Buenas noches. Good morning/good afternoon-good evening/goodnight.......adios mi amiga
'Tardes' can be used in the afternoon or early evening, and 'Noches' in the late evening (i.e. after supper) and night.
That is what I wrote and in other exercises that has been accepted. Why not here? Because Duo is not consistent, sadly. But it is free.
Hello! I was wondering the same thing for awhile.... but I'm pretty sure 'Qué tal?' means: 'How's it going?' not 'How are you?'.
La noche is a feminine noun (an exception to the rule of nouns ending in -e being masculine) and thus needs to be paired with the feminine adjective buenas as a denominator.
Also, without the proper accent marks in cómo estás you'd be saying "I eat these" (e.g. estas uvas - these grapes).
Hello! I wondered the same thing too when I was learning the correct stuff a little while ago.... my teacher said that it depends on the masculin and feminine endings. So maybe your answer should have been: 'Buenas noches, cómo estás?'.
I'm stuck at the very beginning. BUENAS AND BUENOS. I'm sure there's a rule here I'm missing. Would someone please clarify?
Depends on the gender of the noun. Dias is masculine (even though it has an 'as' ending and noches is feminine. So buenos dias and buenas noches
Qué tal is more like "how's it going" and often used among friends/ well acquainted people.
Cómo está usted is a formal way of asking someone "how are you" and cómo estás the informal way.
Como está? --- > Formal
Que tal? ---> Informal
Entonces?/Qué onda?/Qué cuenta? ---> Very informal
Before 7 pm: "buena tarde" or "buenas tardes".
At 7 pm and after: "buena noche" or buenas noches".
**Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted? [formal]. Buenas tardes ¿Cómo estás? [informal, sin el tú].
HOWEVER, When arriving: **¡Buenas noches! (…) The answer is then, Buenas noches, bienvenido.
When leaving: Buenas noches (…) The answer: buenas noches, (que le vaya bien).
Buenas tardes (from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.) Buenas noches (from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight)
Yeah, "tardes" is used for afternoon/ early evening and "noches" for late evening/ night (e.g. after late dinner/ supper onwards).
Noches and tardes should both be correct, should they not? What about this sentence tells us it is a formal address and usted should be used??
'Noches' translates to 'night'.
'Tardes' translates to 'evening'.
This sentence is asking you to translate 'good evening...', so you should have written 'buenas tardes...'.
Furthermore, I agree that the sentence should have specified that we have to use 'usted' in our translation, so if you got your sentence wrong because you used '¿como estas?' instead , then you should report it.
So "usted" is used in a more formal way, but "Good evening, how are you?" isnt all that formal if you ask me... This is pretty confusing.
I agree, Duo should have made it clear that it wanted us to use the formal version for this translation.
Good news! As of July 10th, 2019, Duolingo accepted "buenas tardes, como estas"
Buenas noches, ¿Cómo está usted?
La respuesta anterior debería ser aceptada por Duo dado que good evening se refiere a buenas noches y no buenas tardes. La palabra usada para evening es noche
If you are using "está" as the formal 2nd person singular, you pair it with "usted" (otherwise you could be asking about any third party).
If you're speaking informally, then use "estás" - this doesn't need to be followed by tú but it can be used for emphasis (e.g. you've been telling about yourself for a while and then turn the question back to the other person: "but how are you?").
I used the "tú" 2nd person singular and it was marked incorrect. Is it because "buenas tardes" is a more formal greeting so you use the "usted" form as a sign of formality or respect?
I don't think so. Nothing to replace 'buenas tardes'. I don't think it's formal or informal. It's a time of day!!!
My understanding is that when using the formal 'usted' you go into third person mode and therefore the final 's' is dropped from "estás" (which is only used as first person informally.) Native-English speakers need to get their heads around the differences in formal and informal speech!
But there is nothing inherently formal about "Good evening, how are you?" In this case, it could be informal or formal, singuar or plural. There should be multiple acceptable answers.
@ HeatherDeW7 I disagree with your contention that thee is "nothing inherently formal" about saying "Good Evening, how are you?" How often would you say that to your friends, close relatives,partner(s) etc? I can't imagine saying that in any informal setting.
You are speaking of the English though. Just because "good evening" sounds formal in (some dialects) of English does NOT mean "buenas tardes" is formal in Spanish. (For example, I agree that, in English, "good evening" sounds formal, but "good morning" and "good night" do not.
It isn't easy, but it does click. When it does, a lightbulb does go off and you can say "gotcha", and ya really do.
I think we are taking baby steps here .. Later on other words will replace some of these. I think you worry too much. Just take it easy here. Good luck.
I wrote "Buenas tardes, cómo estás?" and got this explanation: You used the tú form "estás" instead of the él/ella/usted form "está". Shouldn't my answer be correct, too?
Duo needs to be updated!
"Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?" is a good answer too.
La noche is an exception to the noun gender rules (nouns ending in -e often being masculine) and it is feminine - thus 'buenas noches'.
And just to clarify, the noun never changes its gender according to the adjective, but the other way around. Noche stays as noche.
I thought 'tardes' was afternoon, so buenas tardes should be good afternoon?
The answer is YES (and you know that).
Good evening should be buenas noches the same as good night?
The answer is NO.
Why? Because good evening is used when you arrive. For example, you are invited to your in-laws’ place, you arrive and say: Good evening.
After a nice dinner, you are leaving, then you say: (…) good night…
AND HERE IS THE CONFUSION:
In Spanish you say Buenas noches for both cases.
When arriving: ¡Buenas noches! (…) The answer is then, Buenas noches, bienvenido.
When leaving: Buenas noches (…) The answer: buenas noches, que le vaya bien.
Buenas tardes is correct but... 'qué tal?' means 'How's it going?' not 'How are you?'.
"Buenos tardes como esta usted" which was my exact answer, was rejected. Can anyone tell me why?
Tardes (la tarde) is feminine in gender and thus the adjective must be feminine as well: buenas.
Also note that cómo está must be properly accented, or the meaning changes into something else.
Maybe because 'tardes' is masculine making 'buenos' to the correct form 'buenas'. It may not be formal either so at the ending you could try to put: 'Cómo estás?'.
What about "Que tal?" (Too presumptious? Don't know how to add accents in this textbox format.) Also, following the thread below, here's a suggestion: be aware that this system is algorhythm-based, meaning it's an aggregate of the average answers, so far. Several times, I've been judged 'wrong' on an answer, and my answer meant exactly the same thing, I reported it, and sometimes weeks later, I get a notice via email that my answer is now accepted as correct. It's constantly self-correcting, learning itself as we give input, and though maddeningly repetitious, I am definitely learning through all the hoops they make you jump. And as well, another language clearly has different conventions and traditions, which must be taken into account. Be patient with the Owl. He/she is learning too.
Qué tal is more suitable in a situation where you're asking (e.g.) your friend "What's up?" / "How's it going?".
Como está? --- > Formal
Que tal? ---> Informal
Entonces?/Qué onda?/Qué cuenta? ---> Very informal
Good morning = Buenos días Good afternoon = Buenas tardes Good evening = Buenas noches
The correct answer is incorret!
No, it's not wrong. "Tardes" is used from afternoon till early evening and "Noches" for later evening and night (or till madrugada).
Because it depends on the noun. If it is feminine it is buenas, but if its masculine it is buenos. Bueno, Buena, Buenos and Buenas are four distinct words with the same meaning that are suited to match their noun.
My problem was "good evening, how are you" my answer (which duo said is wrong was "buenas noches, como usted" Duo is saying that the correct answer is "Buenas Tardes, como usted?" Tardes means afternoon.... So I'm still stcking with I'm right and Duo is wrong.
hey guys, can you give us a heads up when you want us to use the usted form rather than tu? i've had answers counted wrong for using usted when i needed to use tu and vice versa, i'm kind of confused. there's no direct translation in english so we need some indication. i found an article that clarified when usted form is used in conversation - https://spanishexperts.blogspot.com/2007/07/t-vs-usted.html
it'll be easier to remember when using an honorific but in this case i don't know how i'm supposed to tell.
I thought Buenas tardes was good afternoon and Buenas noches is good night? When can i use then?
Whenever we have to answer, we have "tardes" for evening. When you answer in English it is "Evening", Why?
i'm confused. why is duo using buenas tardes for good evening? i thought good evening was buenas noches, and buenas tardes was for the afternoon.
What's wrong with Buenas noches? I was taught that Buenas tardes meant Good afternoon.
I work in Ecuador and down there to say buenas tardes is to say good afternoon. Good evening is buenas noches. Is this just an ecuadorian thing and thats why I see it as wrong? Ive been corrected by Ecuadorians for getting the two mixed up so i would say the answer for this is half wrong
I just returned at the end of May from visiting my daughter-in-law's family in Spain for a month, and daily, we asked one another, que tal? (with the appropriately accented e) And, the option was available to use though when I did, I was corrected???
Why is "Buenas tardes" accepted but "Buenos tardes" isn't? Also, why can't I use "como estas?" Nothing in the English sentence indicates that it's formal, or femine.
In spanish "afternoon" and "evening" are the same thing. "Buenas Noches" strictly means "good night"
I thought buenas tardes was only good afternoon and buenas noches was good evening or night.
Why is the correct answer Como está? When speaking to a present person(you) shouldn't we say como estas?
This is nuts. Duo's SO PICKY! It marked me wrong all because I accidentally tapped the "spacebar" on my phone twice, leaving an extra space between two words! C'mon, now! A space is not a word! Geez!
Masculine versus feminine.
buenas = fem. plural | buenos = masc. plural
So, it's buenos dias! (Because dia is masculine) But buenas tardes! and buenas noches! (Because they are both feminine).
*Note: dia should have an accent on the i. I can't find a good way to produce the accent on my English keyboard. Somebody tell me how if you have figured it out.
Now, don't ask why it's plural. I looked into it, and it's complicated. I am only a beginner in Spanish also, but I have studied a number of languages, and there are times where you just have to say, it is what it is. Trying to figure out why you use plural here looks like one of those times. :)
I agree it is off putting when we don't know if it's a friend or a stranger. I can only guess if it doesn't have, say, Juan or someone's name in it, then we are to treat it as speaking to a stranger. This does give me a headache and I'm having a REAL difficult time getting past this "Greetings" section. I think I know and then BOOM - the next day I don't.
Yes. There is a pattern. If it has the person's first name, use the informal "tu" (accent on u) form. If they have Mr., Mrs., Miss, Sir, Ma'm, or some other way of showing it should be a more formal situation, like talking to your professor, use the formal "usted" form. Their pattern is pretty consistent once you get used to it. Now if you don't know the verb forms, that is another issue. Duolingo doesn't specifically teach grammar, other than clicking on the little icon that shows you some grammar rules and verb conjugations. I think it's the lightbulb? But really, to learn the language, you will need to supplement a bit with something other than Duolingo. Grammar and conversation practice are probably the 2 things that you really need to find elsewhere.
Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted? - Marked wrong saying: "You used the wrong word."
1) "¿Comó estás?" and (2)"¿Comó está usted?" literally mesns the same thing. How are you or How are you doing. 1is casually and 2 is fromal.
In short both are correct when speaking, but 2 is just more respectful
it doesnt say i have to be formal as im not adressing anyone directly, so i put que tal at the end, but it wasnt accepted
Está Usted to give respect ; estás for friends,brothers etc. I think so...
Isn't buenos tardes more good afternoon? Less good evening? Or am I crazy?
I said exactly the same thing that they say but it is wrong! Damn game
I thought 'Good evening, how are you? would be Buenas noches, Como estas usted?'
Why does it mark "Buenos tardes, ¿como estás?" as wrong, that's the unformal way to say it the formal way is the only one marked correct though, "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?" but we don't know if this is an informal or formal instance.
WHY IS IT NOT BUENAS NOCHES!!
My spanish teacher and google translate agree with me
'como' means 'I eat'.
'cómo' means 'how', as in 'how are you', in this case.
Si! I don't think Duo is a bad program at all. I wish the class would make people happy. I can now speak understandably ,if not perfect. Everything has mistakes. Lighten up while you still can. Nobody is the bad guy ok?
Not using the word bank, either tardes or noches SHOULD be acceptable. Unless you don't know Spanish, eh?
After answering exactly right several times i had to put the inverted question mark in place to move forward.
It doesn't mean anything. And Qué pasa? would be "What's happening?" / "What's up?".
Hello! I think what you should have put was: 'Cómo estás' instead of 'Como estas' for your answer.
The answer should not be incorrect. Duolingo you need to let us know if the answer has to be the formal way. The only acceptable answer is, cómo estás usted(formal)
I put the right answer and it marked my answer incorrect
Probably because you forgot to put: the ' á ' in 'estás' to make it '¿Cómo estás?'..... also you forgot to put the correct 'o' in ¿Cómo estás?'.
Noches not being accepted. Can someone explain? Does it have to do with daylight? In America evening and night are essentially the same.
Noche should be accepted for evening as well.
▪Tardes: afternoon/ early evening
▪Noches: late evening/ night
Maybe because Noches can be night, but yet it can be afternoon/evening. But since it is evening I think you would put Buenas tarde, ¿Cómo estás?.
This sentence does not change basedon the gender of who is addressed. "Buenas" agrees with "tardes" which is a feminine word.
"La mañana", "la tarde" and "la noche" are female. But "el día" is male.
It's "how's it going", not "how are you", and thus not an applicable translation to this particular question.
There was no option for estas , if it was than that would have been correct been the informal version. Esta usted is a formal say to ask.
What i do is correct but duo says it is not. i can't complete the level because of this question :(
I got marked incorrect for "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo se llama usted?" The suggested answer was "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo se halla usted?"
Well, that's probably because ¿cómo se llama usted? means "What is your name?" NOT "How are you?"
My husband says you have to think in Spanish, and I think that does happen. It is starting to kick in w/me. Starting, lol.
**Buenas tardes, ¿Cómo está usted? [formal]. Buenas tardes ¿Cómo estás? [informal, sin el tú].
Atención que la RAE nos confunde algunas veces, por ejemplo, con los acentos, todo varía de acuerdo con omisiones: Como éstas, (I eat these; like these) estas, está/ estás (¿Cómo estás?)
Qué tal is more suitable in a situation where you ask (e.g.) your friend "What's up?" / "How's it going?".
It is possible to translate "how are you?" to "que tal usted?" (and thus, it would be accepted as correct).... However, this is more accepted as the translation of "how about you?".
I don't have fancy punctuation on my device. Maybe that's why my correct answers for this lesson are now incorrect. I'm sorry can't guess when you want formal used either if sir etc isn't included.
Tardes is afternoon/ early evening. Noches is late evening/ night. The owl is correct.
▪Tardes: afternoon to early evening
▪Noches: late evening (after dinner/supper) to night
'Buenas tardes' is fine, but after that you're saying "I eat (or 'as') he (/she/it) is going to you".
I believe buenas noches is good night, not sure why it didn't accept buenas tardes for you though?