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"I am" is a phrase which is often translated as "soy", and "hi" is an interjection which is often translated as "hola". Learn more about the difference between "I am" and "hi" 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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hi(
hay
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(greeting)
a. hola
Hi! Long time no see!¡Hola! ¡Hacía mucho que no nos veíamos!
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