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"What's up" is a phrase which is often translated as "qué tal", and "hi" is an interjection which is often translated as "hola". Learn more about the difference between "what's up" and "hi" below.
what's up(
wuhts
 
uhp
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used in questions)
a. qué tal
What's up? It's good to see you again.¿Qué tal? Me da gusto verte de nuevo.
b. qué pasa
Hey, Michael! What's up with you?¡Oye, Michael! ¿Qué pasa contigo?
c. qué hay
Rosita, what's up in town?Rosita, ¿qué hay en el pueblo?
d. qué onda
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Good morning, Fred! What's up?¡Buenos días, Fred! ¿Qué onda?
e. pasa algo
What's up? You look a little sick.¿Pasa algo? Te ves un poco mal.
2. (used in statements)
a. lo que pasa
They bought a new house. That's what's up with them.Compraron una casa nueva. Eso es lo que pasa con ellos.
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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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