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How to say, "How are you" in Spanish?

Nate Hill Nate Hill (2) on 24/07/13

What are all the different ways to ask people, "How are you" in Spanish?

Please describe the situation I'd use each phrase. Thanks!

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You can say:

1- ¿Cómo estás \ está? = How do you do? \ How are you? This expression is somewhat more formal than the following one. Note that "estás" is the form of the verb "estar" with "tu" = you, while "está" is the form of the same verb with "usted"= formal you (used normally with people who are older than you or those who you don't know well.

1- ¿Qué tal? = How are you doing? How is it going? And this one is more common between friends and people who you know well.

I hope it helps :)

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Nate Hill Nate Hill (2) on 25/07/13

Thanks a lot, Ghadeer!

Estel·la Muñiz Estel·la Muñiz (0) on 20/09/13

You can also say "¿Cómo va?" and the translation is similar to "How is it going?". This is less formal and you should use it with close people.
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¿Que hay? (literally, "what's there") or in the past: ¿Que hubo? are two very informal ways of asking how are you. It would be equivalent to asking "What's up?"

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