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"I am" is a phrase which is often translated as "soy", and "hello" is an interjection which is often translated as "hola". Learn more about the difference between "I am" and "hello" below.
I am(
ay
 
ahm
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express a permanent quality)
a. soy
I am from Guatemala.Soy de Guatemala.
2. (used to express a temporary state)
a. estoy
I am tired.Estoy cansado.
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hello(
heh
-
lo
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (greeting)
a. hola
Hello! How is everything?¡Hola! ¿Cómo te va todo?
2. (used to answer the telephone)
a.
Hello. Who is calling?Sí. ¿Quién es?
b. hola
Hello. - Hi, it's Ricardo.Hola. - Hola, soy Ricardo.
c. diga
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Hello. - Hi. Is Maria there?Diga. - Hola. ¿Se encuentra María?
d. aló (Southern Cone)
Hello. Who is this?Aló. ¿Quién es?
e. bueno
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Hello? I can't hear you.¿Bueno? No te escucho.
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