How are you in Spanish : How are you doing, What’s Up, How Are Things

how to say how are you in spanish

How are you in Spanish (informal) = ¿Cómo estás?

Cómo = How in Spanish 

Estás= You (informally) 

How are you in Spanish is a great way to start a conversation, greet someone in passing, and also not sound like like a selfish uncaring schmuck – all the above. Learning how to say how are you in Spanish will help you bridge the gap when traveling and meeting new people. There are several ways to say how are you in Spanish. ¿Cómo estás? is the informal way to say this Spanish phrase. You would use ¿Cómo estás? in any situation where you already know the person such as your lover, your dog, your mother, your buddy, or your close co-workers (although some of you have traditional parents that require you to say yes ma’am and yes sir so you’ll need to use the formal form which I’ll mention here in a second). Let’s take a look at how we would say how are you in Spanish to someone who you don’t know as well or someone that demands your respect (selfishly or not).



How are you in Spanish (formal) = ¿Cómo está usted?

Cómo = How in Spanish 

Está Usted = You (formally) 

Knowing how to greet someone like the front desk person at your hostel, hotel, or motel is always important. Maybe you’ll get to know them more casually as you stay there longer, but knowing how to formally say how are you in Spanish will get you a long ways when your tired and you need something from the place you’re staying in. Also is really great for meeting someone’s parents that you might be dating in a Spanish speaking family. Maybe you’re taking a job where the employer speaks Spanish and you want to be polite. Knowing how to say this Spanish phrase in a formal way will earn you big points.

Another great way to say how are you in Spanish would be like saying something along the lines of how are you going in Spanish or how are things going for you in Spanish. To my Aussie friends, I know you guys like to use this phrase a lot – how are you going? It sounds bit strange to me in US English, but you guys also created Budgy Smugglers so it kind of makes sense (shout out to my homie Adam Linforth who runs the show there). Let’s take a quick look at how to say how are you going or how are things going for you in Spanish.

¿Cómo te va?

Cómo = How in Spanish

Te = You (informally)

Va = You going (informal) 

Another similar way to say how are you in Spanish would be along the lines of how are things going for you. This version literally translates to how are you walking in Spanish or how are you riding in Spanish. Again, sounds strange, but you’ll hear it a lot in Spanish speaking areas. Let’s take a look below at this alternative way of saying how are you in Spanish. Basically its like saying how are things going for you.

How are you doing in Spanish = ¿Cómo andas?

Cómo = How in Spanish

Andas =  You walk or You ride

how are you in spanish

What if we want to say the really short version of how to say how are you in Spanish? One of the more common things I say in English is what’s up? Its a great short phrase that you can use in passing to actually say hi in Spanish or you can use it as a question/answer to someone else’s question. For example:

“Hey Luke, can you help me? // What’s up Cleedus? Sure I can help. But only if you chop that mullet off first.”

Here is how you say what’s up in Spanish.

What’s Up in Spanish = ¿Qué pasa?

Qué = What in Spanish

Pasa = To pass or passing

Lastly let’s take a look at how to ask something simple like how are things in Spanish. This is a friendly way of saying how are you in Spanish but really referring specifically to someones’s life or efforts after you have not seen them for a short or long time. Here is how to say how are things in Spanish.

How are things in Spanish = ¿Qué tal?

Now that you have some solid phrases that you can checkout, be sure to check out some of my other great English to Spanish translation articles such as hello in Spanish, how to sing happy birthday in Spanish, how to say I love you in Spanish, and much more.

-Luke Matthews



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