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How are You in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Other Languages

Updated on June 22, 2013

The phrase “how are you” is used as a formal greetings in most languages. When two people meet with one another after a long interval then, generally, one of them said it to another one. This phrase can also be used informally. Here, you shall learn how to say it in French, German, Italian, Spanish and more other languages.

How are You in French

If you ask formally somebody in French, you should say: “Comment allez-vous?”. Most formal answer to it will be “Bien, et vous?” i.e. “Fine, and you?”.

It can be said in informal ways by saying “Comment ca va?” that means, “How is it going?” or “Ca va bien?(Is it going well?). The word “bien” means “well, ok or fine” in English.

The term “ca va” is pronounced as “sah vah”. The term can be translated as “it goes”. It is an informal term which can be used as both questions and answers.

How to Say How are You in German

You can say “how are you” in either formal way or informal way in German language. The informal version is “Wie geht es lhnen?”

In reply, you could say “Mir geht es gut, danke, und dir?”

The formal translation of “how are you?” is “Wie geht es Ihnen?”

The formal answer is “Mir geht es gut, danke, und Ihnen?”

The word “Ihnen” means “you”.

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It is in Italian and Spanish Languages

The formal way of saying it in Italian language is “Come sta?”

You should reply it, “Bene grazie, E lei?”


The Spanish way of saying “how are you” is as follows:

Formal: “¿Cómo está usted?”

Answer: “Bien gracias, ¿y usted?”

Informal: “¿Cómo estás?”

Answer: “"Bien gracias, ¿y tú?"

In Scottish and Russian Languages


This sentence in modern Scottish language is “How are ye?”

You can also say “Hous it gaun?” or “Fit loch en?”

The answer can be “A’m braw, thenk ye.”

In Russian

The informal way of saying “how are you in Russian” is to utter the following sentences:

“Kak dela?”

Answer: “Spasibo, horoso. A u vas?”

In the formal way:

“Kak vasi dela?”

Answer: “Spasibo, horoso. A vy?”

In Hindi and Hebrew


In Hindi

Formal: “Kaise hai aap?”

Answer: “Mai achha hu, dhanyabad, aur aap?”

Informal: “Kaise hai tum?”

Answer: “Ekdom thik thak, aur tum?”

Very informal: “Kaise hai tu?”

Answer:”Bodia, aur tu?”


It will be different for males and females in the Hebrew language.

To a male (formal): “ma shlomxa? ”

(informal): “ma xadash?”

To a female (formal): “ma shlomex?”

(informal): “ma nishma?”

Answer: “tov, toda, veata?”

"How are you?" in French
"How are you?" in French

Dutch Greetings

In Dutch and Danish

In Dutch

The informal dutch translation:

“Hoe gaat het met jou?” or “Hoe gaat het?”

The formal saying will be:

“Hoe gaat het met u?”

The answer should be like this:

“Goed, dank je. En met jou?”

You can notice that it sounds much like English, is not it?

“How are you” in Danish

The informal way:

“Hvordan har du det?”

The formal one:

“Hvordan har De det?”

The answer can be:

“Fint, tak. Hvad med dig?”

Polish and Romanian

In Polish Language

Formal: “Jak sie Pan miewa?”

Answer: “Bardzo dobrze, dziekuje.”

Informal: “Jak sie masz?”

Answer: “A Pan?”


A Romanian will say to you “Ce mai faci?” informally to mean “how are you?”

The formal will be “Ce mai faceţi?”

You should answer it by saying “Allillanpuni, Qamrí?”


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