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Be able tointroduce yourself in spanishand making new friends is an amazing achievement in and of itself. However, being able to maintain and nurture these relationships should be one of your ultimate goalsLearning Spanish.
Even if you're not a social butterfly, you should still spend some time learning different ways to ask "how are you" in Spanish. just like english,Spanish is spoken in many countriesaround the world. Of course, many countries use different expressions and terminology when checking in their friends.
For example, if you're from the US, you're probably used to hearing "How are you?" when greeting someone. In the UK, however, it's more common to greet friends and strangers with an "Are you okay?"
The same goes for Spanish! You might learn a simple "How are you doing?', which could take you through most day-to-day interactions - until it doesn't work anymore. What if someone asks youHow's it going?,How are you doing?, or maybe even a "How are you?“. You must be prepared for every possible scenario!
Finally, you also need to be prepared to share some information when someone asks you how you are doing in Spanish. In English, asking someone how they are is more of a formality - you are not expected to think about your current health status.
However, Spanish speakers are not afraid to share some information when asked how they are doing. Depending on how close you are, you might share some superficial information ("a little tired, but I'm okay!") or take it as an opportunity to share what's actually going on in your life.
So this guide will show you 59 ways to say “how are you” in Spanish in many different contexts, as well as 37 ways to respond like a real native speaker.Are you ready?
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How to say "How are you?" in Spanish
As usual, we'll start with the basics so you can get started right away. The table below contains some of the most common ways to ask someone how they are in Spanish.
You can consider them neutral as they are neither too formal nor too casual, so feel free to use them with friends, family, teachers and co-workers alike!
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈcomo ɛsˈtas‖||it is for ehs-tahs|
|Hello, how are you?||Hi how are you?||ola | ˈkomo ɛsˈtas‖||oh-la koh-mo ehs-tahs|
|Hello, how are you? (Plural)||Hi how are you?||ola | ˈas it isˈtãn ‖||oh-la koh-mo ehs-tahn|
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈke ˈtal ‖||keh tal|
|How are you?||How are you?||ˈgemeinsames te ˈβa ‖||ko-mo teh va|
|How have you been?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ˈas ɛsˈtaðo ‖||ko-mo ahs ehs-ta-doe|
|what's new||what's new||ˈke ˈai̯ ðe ˈnweβo ‖||keh ay deh noo-eh-vo|
|How is everything||how is everything?||ˈgemein ˈβa ˈtoðo ‖||ko-mo va to-doe|
|How have you been?||How did it go?||ˈkomo ˈa ˈiðo ‖||ko-mo te ah e-hirschkuh|
|What have you been up to?||what have you done||ˈke ˈas ˈeʧo‖||keh ahs eh-cho|
|How are you doing today?||How are you doing today?||ˈkomo ɛsˈtas ˈoi̯ ‖||ko-mo es-tas oy|
|How do you feel?||How do you feel?||ˈkomo te ˈsjɛ̃ntes‖||ko-mo teh see-ehn-tehs|
"How are you doing?" in Spanish in formal situations
If you're dealing with an important client or have a meeting with the company's CEO, you should stick to more formal ways of saying "Hi, how are you" in Spanish.
You should also use formal expressions when meeting your partner'sFamilyfor the first time, especially with their parents!
|How are you doing? (singular formal)||How are you doing?||ˈcommo sˈta u̯sˈtɛð ‖||is-for ehs-ta oos-ted|
|How are you doing? (singular formal)||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ɛsˈta‖||ko-mo es-ta|
|How are you?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo and ˈβa ‖||ko-mo and va|
|How are you doing? (singular formal)||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ˈa ɛsˈtaðo ‖||ko-mo ah ehs-ta-doe|
|How have you been?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo le ˈa ˈiðo‖||ko-mo leh ah-e-doe|
|And how are you?||And how are you?||j usˈtɛð | Ware ‖||e oos-ted ko-mo es-ta|
|And you, how are you?||And what about you?||j usˈtɛð | ˈke ˈtal ‖||and oos-ted keh tal|
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo like itˈritter‖||ko-mo seh ehn-coo-ehn-tra|
|How are you doing? (plural formal)||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ɛsˈtan usˈteðes ‖||who-the-ehs-only oos-teh-des|
|And how are you?||And how are you?||j usˈtɛð | ˈcomo ˈβa‖||e oos-ted ko-mo va|
"How are you doing?" in Spanish in informal situations
Whether you've taken the plunge and decided to sign up for oneImmersive Spanish learning programor just visiting for a short vacation, you're likely to meet plenty of like-minded people you'll want to have casual conversations with.
Here are some casual but polite ways to ask someone how they are in Spanish.
|what can you tell me||What works?||ˈke me ˈkwɛ̃ntas‖||keh meh coo-ehn-tas|
|How are you?||How is it going?||ˈkomo ˈβãn die ˈkosas‖||ko-mo van las co-sas|
|what's new||What works?||ˈke ˈai̯ ‖||And|
|What's up?||What's up?||ˈke ˈpasa‖||keh pa-sa|
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ˈãndas ‖||ko-mo ahn-that|
|how is everything?||how is everything?||ˈke ˈtal ˈtoðo‖||keh tal to-doe|
|Is everything ok?||Everything's ok?||ˈtoðo ˈβjɛ̃n ‖||to-doe bee-ehn|
|what can you tell me||What works?||ˈand ˈamount ‖||keh coo-ehn-tas|
|How is life treating you?||How is life treating you?||ˈgewöhnlicher Tee ˈtɾata la ˈβiða ‖||oder-mo teh tra-ta la vee-da|
|What's happened?||what was there||ˈke ˈuβo‖||keh oo-bo|
|What are you doing?||What are you doing?||ˈke ˈases‖||keh ah-ses|
|What's new in your life?||what about your life||ˈke ˈe ðe tu ˈβiða ‖||keh it deh to-vee-da|
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ˈβas ‖||ko-mo vas|
|How is it going?||How's it going?||ˈKuh ˈβa la ˈLied ‖||ko-mo va la ko-sa|
|what are you telling||What works?||ˈke ˈkwentas‖||keh coo-ehn-tas|
"How are you doing?" in Spanish jargon
Once you've made some close friends, you'll want to use something fun and ultra-casualSpanish jargonwhen you ask your friends how they are. Using local slang shows your friends that you're genuinely interested in mastering Spanish, and it also shows that you think they're close enough to be super casual and relaxed with them.
|which wave?||What works?||ˈke ˈluck‖||keh on-da|
|What fart?||What up?||ˈke ˈpeðo‖||keh peh-doe|
|What scam?||what trick?||ˈke ˈtɾãnsa‖||keh trahn-za|
|Which mushroom?||Which mushroom?||ˈke ˈõnɡo‖||go|
|Which show?||Which show?||ˈke ˈsow‖||don't show|
|Which role?||Which role?||ˈke ˈroʝo‖||keh ro-yo|
|what is said||what is said||ˈke se ˈðise‖||keh seh dee-seh|
|What else?||What else?||ˈke ˈmas ˈpwes ‖||keh more poo-es|
|What else friend?||Which other partner?||ˈke ˈmas paɾˈsɛɾo ‖||keh mas par-seh-ro|
|Good or what?||Good or what?||ˈbjn o ˈke‖||bee-ehn oh keh|
|What's the matter, uncle?||What's up man?||ˈke ˈpasa ˈtio‖||keh pa-sa tee-oh|
|What fart?||Which Pex?||ˈke ˈpeks‖||no pimples|
|Good or what?||Good or what?||ˈbjɛ̃n | das ˈke ‖||bee-ehn oh keh|
|How are you doing?||How are you doing?||ˈkomo ɛsˈtai̯ ‖||ko-mo ehs-tai|
|And what about you?||And what about you?||ich ˈtu ðe ˈke ‖||e to keh|
|Talk to me||tell me||ˈaβlame||ah-bla-me|
|How are you||what's up weo||ˈke ˈtal ˈweo||keh tal weh-oh|
|Sing for me tiger!||tell me sing, tiger!||ˈdimelo kãnˈtãndo | ˈtiɣɾe‖||dee-ga-meh-lo can-tan-doe|
|what is what is||What is it?||ˈke ˈɛs̬ lo ˈke ˈɛs ‖||keh ehs lo keh ehs|
|Which soup?||Which soup?||ˈke ˈsopa‖||what works|
What's up, dude?
We thought we'd give this timeless way of saying how you're doing a shout-out. If you enjoy watching cartoons in Spanish (which can be a great way to boost your Spanish input, by the way!), you may already be familiar with this phrase. One of Bugs Bunny's most iconic phrases is "What's up, Doc?", which translates toWhat's up, dude?in Spanish.
Check out the following video to see thatWabbitsaying his famous line in Spanish!
How to react, how are you?
Responding to “Hi, how are you?” in Spanish can be as simple as responding with a quick “I’m fine” or as complex as exploring how you really are. For the latter, you should feel comfortable talking about yoursFeelings and Emotions in Spanishso you can describe exactly how you really feel.
|Very good and you?||Very good and you?||in ˈβjɛ̃n| I do ‖||mooy bee-ehn, e too|
|Very good thank you.||Very good thank you.||mwi ˈβjɛ̃n | ˈɡɾasjas ‖||mooy bee-ehn, gra-see-as|
|Great thanks.||Great thanks.||ɛkseˈlɛ̃nte | ˈɡɾasjas ‖||ex-eh-len-teh, gra-see-as|
|Not very good, how about you?||Not very good, how about you?||ˈno mwi ˈβjen | I do ‖||no mooy bee-ehn, e too|
|Soso.||More or less.||more or less ‖||but oh meh we|
|Terrible, I think I'm going to be sick.||Too bad I think I'll get sick.||ghosts | ˈkɾeo ˈke to hold me ‖||ma-lee-see-mo, not sure what to do|
|The same age.||As usual.||ˈkomo ˈsjɛ̃mpɾe‖||who-sees-em-preh|
|Tired but I'm fine.||Tired but good.||kânˈsaðo | ˈpearl ˈβjunction‖||can-sa-doe, Birne-oh bee-ehn|
|I've been better before.||I've been better before.||ˈe ɛsˈtaðo meˈxoɾ‖||eh es-ta-doe meh-hor|
|Good, thank god.||Thank God.||ˈbjɛ̃n | ˈɡɾasjas a ˈðjos ‖||bee-ehn, gra-see-wie ah dee-os|
|I've never been better.||I've never been better.||ˈnũnka ˈe ɛsˈtaðo meˈxoɾ ‖||Mittag-ca eh ehs-ta-doe meh-hor|
|Can not complain.||I can not complain.||ˈno i ˈpweðo keˈxaɾ ‖||never meh poo-eh-doe keh-har|
|I am deluxe and you how are you?||Luxury, and you, how are you?||de luxo | I do | ˈke ˈtal‖||deh loo-ho, and also, keh tal|
|I am very happy and you?||I am very happy and you?||sˈtoi̯ mwi kõnˈt̃nto | ich ˈtu ‖||I'm-I'm grumpy with-tehn-toe, e too|
|I'm a little sad to be honest.||I'm a little sad to be honest.||ɛsˈtoj ũm ˈpoko ˈtɾiste | ˈpaɾa ˈsɛɾsĩnˈsɛɾo ‖||es-toy oon po-co Bäume-teh, to-be seen-seh-ro|
|I'm glad, thank you.||I'm glad, thank you.||ɛsˈtoj ɛ̃nkãnˈtaðo | ˈɡɾasjas ‖||es-toy ehn-can-ta-doe, gra-see-as|
|It's all right.||We are okay.||esˈtamos̬ ˈβgen ‖||we are bee-ehn|
|I'm a little disappointed.||I'm a little disappointed.||ɛsˈtoj ˈalɣo ðesɛpsjoˈnaðo ‖||ist-toy al-go there-sep-see-oh-na-doe|
|Well, I'm very peaceful.||Well I'm very calm.||ˈBridge | Weight ‖||bee-ehn, I'm mooy tran-key-lo|
How do you formally respond, how are you?
Again, when you're meeting someone in a formal situation, you'll want to know how to respond to "How are you" in Spanish in a formal setting. Below is a table of a few correct ways to answer the question and inquire how they are, as it would be polite.
If you asked them how they are first, simply omit the question part of the following sentences.
|Very good, thank you. And you?||Well, thank you. And you?||mwi ˈβjɛ̃n | ˈmuʧas̬ ˈɣɾasjas ‖ jusˈtɛð ‖||mooy bee-ehn, moo-chas gra-see-as. und oos- ted|
|Very good, thanks for asking. And you?||Very good, thanks for asking. And you?||mwi ˈβjɛ̃n | ˈɡɾasjas poɾ pɾeɣũnˈtaɾ ‖ j usˈtɛð ‖||mooy bee-ehn, gra-see-as pore preh-goon-teer. und oos-ted|
|Good, that's very nice of you. And you?||Good, very nice. And you?||ˈBrücke | mwj aˈmaβle ‖ j usˈnoð ‖||bee-ehn, mooy ah-ma-bleh. e oos-ted|
|Good, thanks. How are you doing?||Good, thanks. How are you doing?||ˈbridge | ˈɡɾasias | usˈtɛð ˈcomo esˈta ‖||bee-ehn, gra-see-as, oos-ted what he treasured|
|Well, thank you, and you, how are you?||Well, thank you, and you, how are you?||ˈBridge | ˈmuʧas̬ ˈɣɾasjas | j a u̯sˈtɛð | ˈkomo and ˈβa ‖||bee-ehn, moo-chas gra-see-as and ah oos-ted to-him and va|
As you informally reply, how are you?
If you're chatting up a random friend or acquaintance, you might want to say how you're doing in a more relaxed way. Most of the phrases below are pretty cheerful, so make sure you're in a really good mood when you use them!
|Super good, how about you?||Super good and you?||suˈpɛɾ ˈβjɛ̃n | their ˈhere‖||soo-per bee-ehn e too|
|At one hundred (percent).||One hundred.||al ˈsjẽn‖||al see-ehn|
|Wonderful||wonderful||from maɾaˈβiʝa||deh ma-ra-vee-ya|
|From eggs.||From eggs.||from ˈweβos ‖||deh ooh-eh-vos|
|Everything's ok.||Everything's ok.||ˈtoðo ˈβjɛ̃n ‖||to-doe bee-ehn|
|never better||never better||ˈnũnka meˈxoɾ‖||noon-ca meh-hor|
|I'm doing well.||i play well||ˈtoi̯ ˈβjoin ‖||toy bee|
|Good and you?||cool, how about you?||ˈʧiðo | their ˈhere‖||chee-doe, and so on|
|Everything's ok.||Everything's ok.||ˈtoðo ˈfino‖||to-do fee no|
|Come on cool.||Todo bakan.||ˈtoðo ˈβakan ‖||to-do-ba-kann|
|Everything's ok.||Alles Chevere.||ˈtoðo ˈʧeβɛɾe ‖||to-doe che-veh-reh|
|Everything smooth.||Everything smooth.||ˈtoðo ˈswaβe‖||to-doe soo-ah-veh|
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How are you in Spanish formal and informal? ›
If you'd like to say “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish, you can use “Hola, ¿cómo estás?” (informal/singular). If you are greeting someone in a more formal setting, you'll want to use “Hola, ¿cómo está?” (formal/singular). If you are talking to multiple people, you'd say “Hola, ¿cómo están?” (informal/plural).How do you tell if a Spanish word is formal or informal? ›
The two main forms of 'you' in Spanish are usted used for the formal 'you' and tú used for the informal 'you. ' Formal should be used when speaking to professionals, the elderly, and strangers. Verbs like es and esta meaning "you are" go with the pronoun usted which is abbreviated as 'Ud.
¿Cómo te va? This greeting translates to something like “How's it going?” It can be used in formal or informal situations.What are the formal and informal ways of addressing people in Spanish? ›
In general terms…
TÚ es informal (Tú is informal), while Usted es formal (Usted is informal). TÚ conveys familiarity and closeness, but USTED connotes respect.
“How you doing?” is a popular phrase that you can use to greet people. It's been used as a catchphrase in multiple TV shows. It's best to use this colloquial phrase with friends and family, rather than in formal settings.How are you in a formal way? ›
How have you been? How's everything? How's it going? How are things going?What are some examples of formal and informal words? ›
For example: Require [formal] vs need [informal] Purchase [formal] vs buy [informal] Acceptable [formal] vs okay [informal]Is Chao formal or informal? ›
If you are on the phone with a friend and you are about to hang up the most common expression you can use is “chao”, but if it's a more formal conversation, you better use “hasta luego”. Explanation: Chao is extremely informal and you want to use it only with close friends.Is Mucho Gusto formal or informal? ›
- 1 How are you? This is polite, but it's not necessarily a serious inquiry about the other person's well-being.
- 2 How are you doing? ...
- 3 Are you OK? ...
- 4 How's it going? ...
- 5 What's up? ...
- 6 Would you like to talk about X? ...
- 7 What's new with you? ...
- 8 It's been a while!
How do you ask formal and politely? ›
- “Do you mind…?.”
- “Would you mind…?
- “Could I…?”
- “Would it be ok if…?”
- “Would it be possible…?”
- “Would you be willing to…?”
- ¡Buenos días! (pronounced: BWEH-nohs DEE-ahs) This expression means 'good morning' and you can use in the morning and until noon.
- ¡Buenas tardes! (pronounced: BWEH-nahs TAHR-dehs) Literally, 'good afternoon'. ...
- ¡Buenas noches! (pronounced: BWEH-nahs NOH-chehs) Literally, 'good night'.
If you're talking to one person formally, you'd use the usted version. But there's also another pronoun and verb form that you should use when addressing several people formally, which is ustedes.What is the difference between formal and informal greetings in Spanish? ›
The basic difference is that, with formal, we don't use tú (which is 'you' in the informal singular) or vosotros (which is 'you' in the informal plural). Instead, we use usted (oos-TEHD), which is 'you' in the formal singular, and we use ustedes (oos-TEH-dehs), which is 'you' in the formal plural.What is the informal of how are you doing? ›
Typical responses include: Hey, how's it going? Hey, what's up? Hey, what's new?What are you doing in informal way? ›
What have you been doing with your life? What have you been up to lately? How's it been going these days? How's it been going lately?Is it formal to say how do you do? ›
"How do you do" is a formal greeting used in the same way as "It's a pleasure to meet you" or "Pleased to meet you." In a casual situation it would be better to say "It's nice to meet you" or just "Hello."How do you say hello how are you in a formal way? ›
- Good morning/afternoon/evening. These are classic, formal phrases to use when greeting someone, whether it's the first time meeting them or if you've already met them before. ...
- Pleased to meet you. ...
- It's nice to meet you. ...
- It's good to see you. ...
- How are you? ...
- Hey. ...
- What's up? ...
- What's new?
Knowing other words you can use in place of said can improve your writing because it adds variety and removes repetitiveness. Five formal alternatives of said are: announced, commente, explained, replied, and stated. Five creative alternatives of said are: whispered/exclaimed, rambled, chimed, bemoaned, and scolded.What is informal communication Give 5 example? ›
Informal communications include speaking to a person about the weather, writing an email about your holiday, sending a birthday card or talking to someone at the grocery shop. Informal communications can also be gestures (with no words). Informal communication in the workplace is often called 'the grapevine'.
What is an example of informal? ›
We had an informal meeting over lunch. He has an informal manner that puts people at ease. He spoke to them in informal Spanish. The term is common in informal contexts.What are some informal phrases? ›
- What's up/ Wassup?/ Sup? Meaning: How are you? Hey? ...
- Never mind. Meaning: Forget about it or don't worry about it. Hey, can you pick up some ice on your way home? ...
- You know what I mean? Meaning: Do you understand me? I just feel like this job isn't good for you.
What does ciao bella mean? Ciao bella is an informal Italian expression literally meaning “goodbye (or hello), beautiful.”Is Hasta la vista formal or informal? ›
Hasta la vista (Until we see each other again)
This informal closing literally means “until the view,” but it's interpreted more as “until we see each other again.” It's hard to separate this one from its pop culture reputation, and we can't deny that it's tempting to say it with an Austrian accent, baby.
xin chào • (吀嘲) (formal) hello. (formal) greetings.Is Nada formal? ›
The noun nada is an informal way to say "zero." If you ask a deli worker how many plain bagels he has, and he answers, "Nada," it means they're out of your favorite kind.Is Buenas formal? ›
Fun fact: One curious detail is that buenos días, buenas tardes and buenas noches are formal ways to greet in Spanish, but when Spanish natives want to greet friends or family or neighbors in an informal way, they will just say “buenas” as an alternative to “hola.” You will hear this a lot if you pay attention - it's ...What is anos tienes? ›
¿Cuántos años tienes? How old are you?How do you greet someone in Spanish Formal? ›
¿Qué hubo? (What ́s up?). A more formal way to greet someone is saying buenos or buenas, followed by the part of the day you are in: días (days), tardes (evening) or noches (night). The two words are always in plural.Is De Dónde es formal or informal? ›
In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿De dónde eres? (informal) or ¿De dónde es usted? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you learn to say where you're from in Spanish.
What is the formal word for you are in Spanish? ›
Usted is the formal “you.” The plural is ustedes, which is used in both formal and informal situations. The object pronoun for usted is lo or la (used to simplify sentences like “I called you,” so that llamado a usted becomes lo llamado or la llamado, depending on the gender of the person being addressed).
|Buenos días||Good morning||Slightly formal|
|Buenas tardes||Good afternoon||Slightly formal|
|Buenas noches||Good night/Good evening||Slightly formal|
|Muy buenas/buenas||Short version of all the above||Informal|
Mucho gusto, which literally means 'much pleasure,' is the Spanish equivalent of 'pleased to meet you,' and it's typically used in formal contexts.What are 5 greetings in Spanish? ›
- Hola – Hello.
- Buenas – Hi (informal)
- Buenos días – Good morning.
- Buen día – Good morning (less common, used in Argentina)
- Buenas tardes – Good afternoon.
- Buenas noches – Good evening.
- Bienvenido – Welcome.
Good, thanks, and you? (informal) – Bien, gracias, ¿y tú? An informal phrase, it means you are doing well, you are thanking them for asking and you are asking the person who greeted how they are doing.