Seven Ways to Say 'How Are You' in Spanish

Part of the Spanish For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

‘How are you?’ is one of the most common ways to start a conversation. Here are seven different ways in which you can say ‘How are you?’ in Spanish:

  • ¿Qué pasa? (keh pah-sah) (What’s up? [literally: what’s going on?]) (informal)

  • ¿Cómo van las cosas? (koh-moh bahn lahs koh-sahs) (How are things [going]?)

  • ¿Cómo está usted? (koh-moh ehs-tah oos-tehd) (How are you?) (formal)

  • ¿Cómo estás? (koh-moh ehs-tahs) (How are you?) (informal)

  • ¿Qué tal? (keh tahl) (How are things? [literally: how such?])

  • ¿Cómo andas? (koh-mo ahn-dahs) (How are you doing? [literally: how are you walking?])

  • ¿Qué hay? (keh aheeh) (What’s new? [literally: what is there?])

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