30+ Easy Ways To Ask How Are You In Spanish

Are you looking to build long-lasting bonds with Spanish-speaking people? Along with greetings like ‘Hola‘ (hello), knowing how to ask how are you in Spanish is essential for any communication between friends, family, or co-workers. 

In Hispanic countries, it is a cultural and respectful norm to ask the other person how they are. Show that you care about the other person, that you care about what they’ve been going through on a day-to-day basis, and ultimately show support and understanding.

What if he told you that he is not well? You never know when someone needs to talk about their feelings. Latin American people are charming and willing to give someone a word of encouragement if they tell them they are unwell.

I bet you want to know all the possible ways to talk with your Hispanic friends about how they are doing. So today’s post will cover all the alternatives, plus how to respond if others ask how you are doing in Spanish

Let’s begin!


How To Say How Are You In Spanish?

The singular and informal way is ‘¿Cómo estás?,’ while the formal and singular version is ‘¿Cómo está?

If you are talking with more than one person, you can say ‘¿Cómo están?‘ which is a neutral phrase, meaning that you can use it in both formal and informal settings.

Now, I would like to focus on understanding the meaning of this phrase in-depth prior to learning about all the other phrases.  

So, what is the exact meaning of the phrase ‘¿Cómo estás?’  The word ‘Cómo’ is a question word that translates to ‘how.’ While ‘Estás’ is the verb ‘Estar’ (to be) conjugated in the present tense. 

So the meaning of this phrase represents the intent to know the status of the other person; how they are, either physically or emotionally.

Another important point to learn is that Spanish from Latin America and Spanish from Spain differ from each other in many aspects. So, if you are traveling to Spain, the correct way of saying this phrase would be ‘¿Cómo estáis?

See the differences in the examples below:

Example In Spanish From Spain:

  • A: ¿Cómo estáis vosotros hoy? (How are you all today?)
  • B: Estamos muy bien, gracias! (We are fine, thank you!)

Example In Spanish From Latin American Countries:

  • A: ¿Cómo están ustedes hoy? (How are you all today?)
  • B: Estamos muy bien, gracias! (We are fine, thank you!)

Now that you know this key phrase, let’s get to know more advanced phrases: 

All Common Phrases, Including Slang:

The following are all the phrases you can use to ask someone how are you in Spanish in formal, neutral, informal, and slang. 

say how are you in formal situations spanish

Formal & Neutral

  • ¿Cómo está? (How are you? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo están todos? (How are you all? – plural)
  • ¿Cómo le ha ido? (How have you been? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo está usted? (How are you doing? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo le va? (How are you? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo se siente? (How are you feeling? – singular)

Formal Context Examples:

  • Singular
    • A: ¿Cómo está usted? (How are you?)
    • B: Muy bien, gracias, ¿y usted? (Very well, thanks, and you?)
  • Plural
    • A: ¿Cómo están ustedes? (How are you?)
    • B: Todos estamos bien, gracias. (We are all fine thank you.)


When you speak Spanish, you should try to see if the other person is talking to you formally or informally. And if you are talking with someone close such as friends or family, it is safe to say an informal greeting followed by any of these phrases.

  • ¿Cómo estás? (How are you? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo va todo? (How’s it going? – plural or singular)
  • ¿Cómo te va? (How are you doing? – singular)
  • ¿Que hay de nuevo? (What’s new?)
  • ¿Qué es de tu vida? (Literally means: What about your life? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo andas? (How are you? – singular)
  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo? (What’s new?)
  • ¿Qué tal? (What’s up?)
  • ¿Cómo va la cosa? / ¿Cómo va la vida? (How is life going? – singular or plural)
  • ¿Qué te cuentas? (What’s up? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo van las cosas? (How are things going? – singular or plural)
  • ¿Cómo te sientes? (How are you feeling? – singular)
  • ¿Cómo les va? (How is it going? – plural)
  • ¿Cómo te ha ido? (How have you been? – singular)
  • ¿Qué tal estás? (How are you? – Singular)
  • ¿Qué tal están? (How are you? – Plural)
  • ¿Cómo vas? (How are things going? – Singular)
  • ¿Qué cuentas? (What’s up? – Singular)
spanish phrases to say how are you informal

Informal Contexts Examples:

  • #1
    • A: Hola, qué tal! Qué hay de nuevo? (Hey, what’s up! What’s new?)
    • B: Hola, todo bien, no me puedo quejar. (Hi, all good. I can’t complain.)


Let’s get to know some words in Spanish Slang, known as ‘Jerga’ used across different Spanish speaking countries.

  • ¿Cómo andas? (How are you? – Popular across Latin America)
  • ¿Qué hubo? (What was there? – Popular in Colombia)
  • Qué onda? (What’s up?)
  • ¿Qué más? (What’s up? – Popular in Ecuador and other Latin American countries)
  • ¿Qué pasa? (What’s up?)

Slang Examples In Conversations:

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    • A: Hola, ¿qué más? (Hi, what’s up?)
    • B: Hola! Nada nuevo… ¿y tú? (Hi! Nothing new. And you?)
    • A: Todo bien. (All good.)


How Would You Respond?

Whenever someone asks you ‘cómo estás?’ after they greet you, you need to have some phrases under your sleeve to answer back. But that goes beyond saying, ‘I’m good.’ There are many alternatives that you can choose from and start a possible conversation afterward while also leveraging asking the other person about how they are as well. 

Okay, and you?
Bien, ¿y tú?
Everything is going wellLas cosas van bien
I am good, thank youEstoy bien, gracias
I am very goodEstoy muy bien
I’m okay/I’m doing fineEstoy bien
Fairly goodBastante bien, gracias
Everything ok/All fineTodo bien
Nothing muchNada de nuevo
Nothing newNada nuevo
Nothing specialNada en especial
I’m feeling tiredMe siento cansado/cansada
I’m not that good, how about you?No estoy muy bien, ¿qué tal tú?
I’m not okNo estoy bien


Ready To Start Spanish Conversations?

Did this vocabulary list prompt your curiosity about the Spanish language? I’m sure you now want to learn more and talk with Spanish speakers!

One of the essential keys to language learning is mimicking the words and phrases locals use in everyday conversations. That is when you finally get to speak and sound like a local does.  

So continue practicing today’s list of phrases to be prepared for any situation, informal or formal. Plus, impress your Spanish-speaking friends by talking to them with some slang too! 

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