May 16, 2007, 1:59 PM
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My dictionary says that one of the possible meanings of atardecer is "evening." But I never seem to hear that word in daily conversation, only in romantic music. ;-)
Of course, in the USA, we use the word "evening" every day. I figure that evening is more or less from 6 PM to 9 PM, although I suppose that the time of sunset plays into that as well.
This issue has come up in terms of teaching my ESL students, who consistently greet me with "good afternoon" at 7 PM, and I consistently correct them.
So would it help my students for me to translate "evening" as "atardacer"? Or should I simply explain that we use good afternoon up until around 6PM, and then we use evening?
This is what I am teaching now:
Buenas dias - Good morning
Buenas tardes - Good afternoon (before 6 PM)
Buenas tardes - Good evening (after 6 PM)
Buenas noches - Good night or goodbye.