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Ways to Say "How Are You" in Different Languages

Ways to Say "How Are You" in Different Languages

One of the most commonly asked questions, "how are you" is most often, used as a greeting. In this Penlighten article, we give you the ways to say it in different languages.
Buzzle Staff
More than a Question
How are you? is considered more of a greeting than a question. It is a polite way of acknowledging someone's presence.

It is a courtesy to ask people about their well-being. "How are you doing?" and "How are you" are some of the most common ways of doing that. This greeting is also used quite often, as a way to begin a conversation with someone. Depending on your relation with him/her, the same question is asked in an informal or a formal way. For example, we may use "What's up?" as an informal version of "How are you?".
When traveling to different countries or meeting people from different cultures, you may need to use their language of communication. In such cases, knowing the most commonly used phrases or greetings is of help.
This Penlighten article tells you how to say "How are you?" is different languages. You could use these greetings on meeting people from other countries. Or you could use these with friends, just as a different way to greet them.
Saying How are you in Different Languages
Note: fm = formal, in = informal, m = male, f = female
Language How are you?
Afrikaans Hoe gaan dit met jou? (in)
Hoe gaan dit met u? (fm)
Albanian Si jeni? (fm)
Si je? (in)
Arabic Kifak? (m)
Kifek? (f)
Armenian Vonts es? (in)
Inchpes ek? (fm)
Basque Zer moduz?
Belarusian Jak spravy? (in)
Jak mayeciesia? (fm)
Bengali Tumi kêmon acho? (in)
Apni kêmon achen? (fm)
Bishlama Olsem wanem?
Bhojpuri Tuu thiik hauuva na?
Bosnian Ja sam dobro, hvala. A vi?
Breton Mat an traoù ganit? (in)
Mat an traoù ganeoc'h? (fm)
Bulgarian Kak si? (in)
Kak ste? (fm)
Cantonese Néih hóu ma
dím a?
Catalan Com estàs? (in)
Com està? (fm)
Cebuano Kumusta ka? (in)
Unsa inyong kahimtang? (fm)
Cherokee Dohitsu?
Corsican Cumu sì? (in)
Cumu site? (fm)
Croatian Kako si? (in)
Kako ste? (fm)
Czech Jak se máte? (fm)
Jak se máš? (in)
Danish Hvordan har du det? (in)
Hvordan har De det? (fm)
Dutch Hoe gaat het met jou? (in)
Hoe gaat het met u? (fm)
English How are you?
Esperanto Kiel vi sanas?
Kiel vi fartas?
Estonian Kuidas läheb?
Ewé Efoa?
Faroese Hvussu gongur?
Hvussu gongur tað?
Fijian Vacava tiko?
Finnish Kuinka voit? (in)
Kuinka voitte? (fm)
French Comment allez-vous? (fm)
Comment ça va? (in)
Frisian Hoe giet it mei jo?
Hoe is it dermei?
Friulan Cemût stastu? (in)
Cemût stajal? (fm)
Georgian Rogora khar?
German Wie gehts? (in)
Wie geht es dir? (in)
Wie geht es Ihnen? (fm)
Greek Pos íste (fm)
Pos íse? (in)
Guarani Mba'éichapa reiko?
Gujarathi Kem cho?
Haitian Sak pase?
Koman ou ye?
Ki jan ou ye?
Hawaiian Peheaoe?
Pehea olua?
Peheaoukou?
Hebrew Ma shlomxa? (m)
Ma shlomex? (f)
Hindi Aap kaise hai? (fm)
Tum kaise ho? (in)
Hungarian Hogy vagy? (in)
Hogy van? (fm)
Icelandic Hvað segir þú?
Hvernig hefur þú það?
Indonesian Apa kabar?
Irish Conas atá tú?
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú?
Conas atá cúrsaí leat?
An bhfuil aon scéal agat?
Italian Come va? Come stai? (in)
Come sta? (fm)
Japanese O genki desu ka?
Kannada Hegiddera?
Khmer Niak sohk sabaay te?
Kikongo Wena matimpi?
Konkani Tu kaši assa?
Korean Eotteohke jinaeseyo?
Kurdish Çawa yî?
Çawa nin?
Lao Sába̖ai-di̖i baw?
Latin Quid agis?
Latvian Kā jums klājas? (fm)
Kā tev iet? (in)
Lithuanian Kaip sekasi?
Kaip tau sekasi?


Language How are you?
Luxembourgeois Wéi geet et dir? (in)
Wéi geet et Iech? (fm)
Macedonian Kako si? (in)
Kako ste? (fm)
Malagasy Fahasalamana? (in)
Malayalam Engnganuṇṭu ninakku? (fm)
Engnganuṇṭu kāryangngaḷ? (in)
Maltese Kif int? (in)
Kif intom? (fm)
Mandinka I be nyaadi?
Maori Kei te pēhea koe?
Marathi Thū kasā āhes? (m)
Thū kashī āhes? (f)
Apan kashe āhāth (fm)
Mongolian Sonin sainan yu baina ve?
Yu baina ve?
Nepali
Tapaaii/timi lai kasto cha?
Norwegian Hvordan har du det?
Hvordan går det med Deg?
Occitan Va plan? Cossí va?
Cossí vas? Cossí anatz?
Qué de nòu?
Ojibwe Aaniish naa ezhiyaayin?
Ossetian Kuyd dæ stut?
Papiamento
Con ta bai? (fm)
Con cos ta? (in)
Pashto Ta sanga yee?
Persian/Farsi Hale shoma chetor ast?
Polish Jak się Pan miewa? (fm)
Jak się masz (in)
Portuguese Como está? (fm)
Tudo bem? (in)
Punjabi Tuhāḍā kī hāl he?
Quechua Imaynallam kaskanki? (in)
Imaynallataq kasanki? (fm)
Romanian Ce mai faci? (in)
Ce mai faceţi? (fm)
Russian Kak delá? (in)
Kak váši delá? (fm)
Samoan O a mai oe?
Scottish Gaelic Ciamar a tha thu/sibh?
Dè mar a tha thu/sibh?
Serbian Kako si? (in)
Kako ste vi? (fm)
Sesotho O kae?
O phela joang?
Shona Wakadini zvako?
Makadini zvenyu?
Sinhala Kohomadha?
Saepa sanīpa kohomadha?
Slovakian Ako sa máte? (fm)
Ako sa máš? (in)
Somali Is ka warran?
Bal ka waran?
Sideed tahay?
Nabad miyaa?
Spanish Cómo está usted? (fm)
Cómo estás? (in)
Sundanese Kumaha kabarna?
Kumaha damang?
Swahili Habari? Hujambo?
Swedish Hur står det Till? (fm)
Hur är det? (in)
Tagalog Kumusta? (fm)
Musta? (in)
Tahitian Maita'i oe?
Tamil Eppadi irukeenga?
Tatar Niçíksíz?
Telugu Meeru aelaa unnaaru?
Thai Bpen yàang rai bâang?
Sà-baai dee rĕu?
Tibetan Kayrang kusu debo yimbay?
Tigrinya Kemey 'aleka?
Tok Pisin Yu stap gut?
Turkish Nasılsınız? (fm)
Nasılsın? (in)
Ukrainian Jak ty požyvajesh? (in)
Jak vy požyvajete? (fm)
Urdu Aap kaisi hain? (f)
Aap kaise hain? (m)
Kya hal hai?
Uzbek Ishlaringiz yaxshimi?
Ahvolingiz qalay?
Vietnamese Anh khỏe không? (m)
Chị khỏe không? (f)
Welsh Sut ydych chi? (fm)
Sut mae? (in)
Wolof Jaam nga am?
Na nga def?
Xhosa Unjani?
Ninjani?
Yiddish Vi geyt es?
Vos makhstu?
Yoruba Se daadaa ni o wa?
Zulu Unjani?
Ninjani?