Most Hondurans speak Spanish, the country's official language. Honduran Spanish is similar to the language spoken in other Central American countries, but contains specifically Honduran slang words, which vary from region to region. Hondurans also know many English words, because North American culture has influenced Honduras for more than a hundred years. Many people in the Bay Islands speak Western Caribbean Creole English, because English people settled there in the 17th century. Indigenous languages tend to be spoken only in remote areas.

Hondurans routinely begin conversations with a friendly "Buenos días" (good day). They consider it rude to pass someone without a greeting. They also shake hands when they meet. Women may kiss when greeting each other. When sitting down to a meal with others, a Honduran will say "Buen provecho" (May it do you good!). Politeness is important, and these gestures are appreciated.

Hondurans show their respect for education by giving professionals special titles. For example, they would say "Doctor Pérez," "Teacher Cardona," "Professor Nuñez," or "Attorney Amador." A non-professional man is addressed as Señor, a single adult woman as Señorita, and a married adult woman as Señora. Don and Doña are titles given to particularly well-respected men or women, respectively.

Hondurans usually have four names: two first names and two family names, one to represent the father's side of the family, and the other the mother's side. For example, if a woman's name was Elena María García Lopes, García would be the last name of her father's family, and Lopes her mother's family. When women marry, they may drop the final name and replace it with the name of their husband's family, preceded by "de." For instance, if Elena María married a man whose father's name was Torrez, she would be known as Elena María García de Torrez.

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Chickens and roosters are prominent in Honduran culture and folklore. One common expression is "este es mi gallo." Literally translated, it means "This is my rooster," but it has come to mean "This is mine and it is the best."
  English Spanish
  Please   Por favor
  Thank you very much   Muchas gracias
  You're welcome/Don't mention it   De nada/No hay de qué
  Hello   Hola
  Goodbye   Adiós
  How are you?   ¿Cómo está usted?
  Very well, thank you, and you?   Muy bien, gracias. ¿Y usted?
  How are things? How's it going?   ¿Qué tal? ¿Qué hay?