How To Ask ‘How Are You?’ In 10 Languages

Meet new people and initiate friendly small talk by learning how to ask ‘how are you?’ in the local language.
November 7, 2018
How To Ask ‘How Are You?’ In 10 Languages

Whether you meet someone who speaks another language when traveling abroad or want to connect with a person who speaks another language in your own community, you’ll want to know how to start a conversation and make small talk with them. The easiest way to begin in to introduce yourself and ask how they’re doing. It’s polite, friendly and a great way to make a new friend! Here’s how to ask “How are you?” in 10 world languages.

Note: When a language offered several ways to ask this question, as many languages do, we went with the more informal version.

Spanish: ¿Cómo estás?

French: Ça va ?

German: Wie geht’s?

Italian: Come stai?

Portuguese: Tudo bem?

Swedish: Hur mår du?

Russian: Как дела? (Kak dela?)

Polish: Jak leci?

Turkish: Ne haber?

Dutch: Hoe gaat het

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Dylan Lyons
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.

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