Chances are that, if you are traveling around Spain, México, South America, or anywhere else in the Spanish-speaking world, you will meet some awesome people! And, when that happens, you will want to express how grateful you feel about it. So, how do you say “Nice to meet you” in Spanish?
We’re here to help! In this brief article, we’re going to show you how to say “Nice to meet you” in Spanish.
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Nice to Meet You in Spanish at a Glance (with Audio)
All the Ways to Say Nice to Meet You in Spanish
This is the one-in-all way of saying “It’s nice to meet you” in Spanish. It’s the short version for Mucho gusto en conocerte, but very few people actually use the whole phrase. Mucho gusto is just enough. Some people even say Un gusto , which is even shorter. Let’s see an example:
Hola, soy Jorge. Mucho gusto.
Hola, yo soy Marina. Igualmente.
Hello, I’m Jorge. Nice to meet you
Hello, I’m Marina. Likewise.
Encantado de conocerte
Encantado literally means “Charmed”. Therefore, encantado de conocerte and its variations mean “I’m charmed to meet you.” Why did we say “variations”? This phrase can take many forms depending on whether you’re in a formal or informal context, and depending on the gender of the speakers.
Encantado de conocerte, Juan
Nice to meet you, Juan
First of all, you have to take into account your gender. If you identify as male, you will say Encantado, and if you identify as female, you will say Encantada.
As you may know, in Spanish there are two pronouns for the singular second person. Usted is reserved for formal treatment; the other one, tú, is used in informal settings. If you’re in an informal setting, for example, speaking with a friend or a peer, then you will use Encantado de conocerte.
Here we use the informal reflexive pronoun “te” which corresponds to the informal pronoun “tú”. This case is quite simple, as you use “te” irrespective of the gender of the person you’re speaking with. Encantado/a will be different depending on the gender of the speaker. See below.
In a formal setting has a few other combinations that make it a little tricky, but it is easy once you get the hang of it. If you are in a formal setting, you will want to use usted, and you will have to change conocerte for conocerlo or conocerla, depending on whether the person you are talking to is a man or a woman. You may use this phrase at work, or in a formal social environment. Let’s take a look at the 4 variations in a formal setting.
Es un placer conocerte
This formula is similar to that of the last section. But, in this case, we are replacing encantado/a with es un placer. Es un placer conocerte is the equivalent of saying “it’s a pleasure to meet you” in Spanish.
Hola, soy Martín.
Es un placer conocerte, Martín.
Hi, I’m Martín.
It’s a pleasure to meet you, Martín
Es un placer doesn’t have a gender difference like encantado/a, so it is a bit simpler. But, just as before, if you are addressing the person formally, be aware of the gender of the person you are talking to: it can be Es un placer conocerla or Es un placer conocerlo.
As you can see, there are many ways of saying “Nice to meet you” in Spanish. You will have many variations to choose from as you’re off meeting all kinds of interesting people. You have the option of practicing grammatical concepts like reflexive pronouns and gender agreement by saying Encantado de conocerte or Es un placer conocerte in all their gender and pronoun variations. If you’d like something simpler, Mucho gusto is always a safe bet.