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Saying How Are you in Spanish



Politeness exists in all cultures and languages around the world and the language Spanish is not the exception. Here bellow you will encounter specific language and communication strategies available in the Spanish language that even may not work as well in English as we show you the vas list of phrases due to the enrichment of the Spanish language while offering more options for humans.

When you are polite, you are more likely to achieve your objectives and to get what you want. Also, civilians and entities are more likely to take you seriously and deal with you in a good way. To persuade a person with politeness will bring you access to even secret information disclosed by your loved ones.

Phrases to be polite

If you want to be polite, you may ask “cómo esta usted?” pronounced as “koh moh stat ah oos ted” will formally mean “how are you” and it can be also used in a less casual event, with any familiar, friend or with all respectful entities. But if the event demands a more casual way of expression, you can use the question “cómo estas? Pronounced as “koh mo ehs taz” will hardly mean “how are you.”

If you want to ask how things are going you can try this question “cómo te va” pronounced as “koh moh tea vahh” will literally mean “how are things going.”

“Cómo está usted?”

“cómo” means “how.” “Está” is the third person singular conjugation of the Spanish verb “estar” that means “to be” in every event. The Spanish “ser” is not used here due to it implies a permanent condition. While the word “usted” is the third person singular noun that means “you” and it is considered a formal way of addressing to the individual. The pural form of this phrase is “Cómo están ustedes” pronounced as “koh moh stan uhs teh des” used in the same event but only to address a group of individuals.

You can also drop the word “usted” and “ustedes” from the questions above and will still mean the same thing.

Used with people you do not know well.


Among friends

If you feel among friends and want to use the friend protocol you can easily ask “cómo estás?” pronounced as koh moh ehhs tahs” this question also translates towards “how are you.”  Knowing that people has their own personal space the word “estás” is the second person singular conjugation of the verb “estar” and strongly suggested to only be used for people you are familiar with and friends.

Ways of asking

The question “cómo te va?” will literally mean “how are you going?” and also can be interpreted as “how is it going.” Pronounced the Spanish question as “koh moh tea vah.” The Spanish word “va” is a conjugated for of the verb “ir” which means “to go” while the word “te” is a direct object pronoun that means “you” in a very informal singular event.

To know how do they feel

It is very important to know how a person feels for the sole purpose to be positive and efficient towards that person. You can ask how someone feels by using the polite question “cómo se siente?” pronounced as “koh moh sahe see en tei” will literally mean “how do you feel?” or “how are you feeling?” The word “se” is a direct pronoun that can substitute without assuming the gender of the third person “him,” “her” and the polite form of “you.” But if the event is within familiar statement you could use “cómo te sientes?” instead. The plural form of this question is: “cómo se sienten?”

You may also use “cómo van las cosas?” pronounced as “koh moh vahn lahs koh sahs” literally translated will mean “how are things going?” The word “cómo” means “how” and the word “van” is a conjugated for of the verb “ir” which means “to go.”

If you want to be uncommon as the phrase might represent you, ask the question “cómo andas?” literally translated to “how are you walking” will be pronounced as “koh moh ahn dahs. The word “andas” is the second person singular conjugation of the Spanish verb “andar” “to walk” and will be used only among somenone you feel familiar with.

Try to loose

When you find an informal way to ask a person how they are in Spanish, you will encounter the question “qué hay?” meaning the equivalent English of “what’s up?” The literally translation of the Spanish question to English will be “what is to be?” you can even use this question when you are in a restaurant and ask what king of food is available.  Pronounce the Spanish question as “keh ay.”

Another informal way to ask is using the question “que tal?” interpreted as “how are things?” will literally mean “what such?” pronounced as “kay tahll.”


If the question is being asked to you and your response is positive, you might want to use the word “bien” pronounced as “bee hen” the Spanish adjective will translate into “fine.” You may also respond with “estoy bien” (I am fine) notice that the word “fine” will literally mean “fino” used among jewelry events and when something is well placed over a surface.

After the response you may say “gracias” to say thsnk you to the person for being kind.

If the answer you want to give to express how negative the event is making you feel, you may answer with the word “mal” pronounced as “mahl” this word will mean “poorly” or directly, “bad.” You may also add the word “estoy” to be “estoy mal” that will literally mean “im doing bad” or if the feeling is really bad you may say “very bad” which mean “very bad.”

To be sure

If you want to explain to the individual how you feel, you can start the explanation by using “me siento…” This phrase will literally mean “I feel…” and must be followed with the statements regarding the state you feel identified with.


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