How to say “hey” in Spanish

I know I was supposed to write the second part of the series “The best Spanish to learn”. However, I thought it would be very interesting to actually post a video in Spanish, made by me, explaining a different way of saying “hey” that actually will help you out to sound more native in one of the cities I talked about in the former article.

I don’t want to spend any more time writing in English, so you better get your ears ready to hear my pronunciationand if you feel like you need it, you can read along with the transcription of the video. Here is your Spanish lesson: How to say “hey” in Spanish (from Medellin).


En español, usamos la expresión: “Ey” para llamar la atención de las personas, por ejemplo, decimos: “Ey vení”, o decimos: “Ey, Mira eso”… ¡mira eso!

En Medellín, usamos una expresión un poco diferente; usamos una expresión y es: “Oiste”, entonces decimos: “Oiste, vení pa’ aca” o “Oiste, Mira eso”, ya saben, en vez de “ey“, usamos oiste…

Oiste, ¿si entendiste?

It’s very simple, “Ey” in Spanish, means “Hey” in English, however, we use “Ey” just to call people’s attention,we don’t use it to say hello,like sometimes we do it in English. And as you heard, in Medellín, Colombiawe use “Oiste” to replace “Ey”.

This little word will help you sound more native, remember that it goes at the beginning of every phrase or sentence.

Also, have in mind that under some contexts it could sound a little rude, like when you are arguing with someone, it could actually increase the feeling of fighting, I don’t an explanation for this, but it happens.

Anyway, let’s be honest, using “Oiste” is very easy, right? Do you know a different way of saying “Ey” in Spanish? did you hear “Oiste” before?, let me know in the comments and keep tuned to spanishtomind.comto get more Spanish lessons.

Diego Cuadros is a blogger and a Spanish online teacher. He uses stories to help Spanish lovers understand fast-speaking native speakers, so they don't freeze and panic in conversations.

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