15 ways to say “good luck” in Spanish and support your friends
Published on May 17, 2022 / Updated on January 8, 2024
Did you know that there are more than 15 ways to say “good luck” in Spanish? But why so many different ways?
Remember, there are 21 Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Each country has its own regional vocabulary and slang. That includes all the ways of wishing people well.
Even if you aren’t superstitious, saying “good luck” is a nice way to show support to your family and friends. You don’t have to know every possible phrase. Learning the most common Spanish expressions for good luck will do the trick. Let’s look at five ways to say “good luck” in Spanish.
If you’re learning Spanish, these expressions will come in handy. Here are some of the most used phrases to say “good luck” in Spanish.
|A lot of luck!
|Good luck with everything!
|¡Suerte con todo!
|I hope everything goes well!
|¡Que te vaya bien!
|I wish you the best in this world!
|¡Te deseo lo mejor del mundo!
|¡Mis mejores deseos!
|Best of luck!
|¡Te deseo la mejor de las suertes!
|God bless you!
|¡Que dios te bendiga!
Have you heard the song Lucky/Suerte by Jason Mraz? It features Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana Rivera on the Spanish-language chorus. The lyrics talk about good luck situations in Spanish. Here are the top five most common ways to wish buena suerte or “good luck” in Spanish.
This is your everyday, basic phrase of saying “good luck.” You can use it in any Spanish-speaking country in both formal and informal situations. It covers pretty much everything. Going on vacation? – ¡Suerte! Taking a test? – ¡Suerte!
This literally means “I wish you the best of luck.” It is a standard Spanish expression but also the longest one.
This way of saying “best of luck” directly translates to wishing success for the other person. Bear in mind, éxito has a strong connotation related to winning, triumph and prosperity. Use it when wishing luck for an important life situation.
If you’re looking for a casual expression to say good luck, this one is fairly popular in conversational Spanish. This phrase can also be used as a casual way to say “have a good day.” To specify good luck, make sure the context is clear by saying what you are wishing them luck in.
This expression is very common in Spanish, especially with close friends and family. In order to use this expression properly, you must conjugate the verb cruzar.
Want to say good luck in Spanish using local idioms or expressions? Slang is the answer. These are a few of our favorites.
The phrase ¡Mucha mierda! literally translates to “lots of crap.” It’s roughly the equivalent of “break a leg” in English. Still not clear? Here’s an example:
A Mexican Spanish speaker will most likely say hacer changuitos instead of ‘cruzar los dedos’ for the expression “fingers crossed.” Although both phrases mean the same action, this is the phrase used widely in Mexico.
¡Dale duro! (Hit it hard!) is what you might hear from a Puerto Rican when wishing you good luck. This expression is a combination of “good luck” and “do your very best”.
Now you know how to say “good luck” in Spanish. Which way are you going to try first? You can choose from common and standard phrases to the more colorful slang versions. Add them to your vocabulary and start practicing. ¡Suerte!