19 Ways To Say How Are You In Spanish [Includes Formal Language And Slang] (2023)

If you are planning to travel to Mexico, the least you could do is learn how to say How are you in Spanish. In this post, I will teach you all the possible ways of saying How are you in Mexican-Spanish as well.

Keep reading because you are going to have a lot of fun with this and a the end of this post you will talk like a local!

Aside from its variety, my favorite aspects of my language are its color and versatility.

Those who are familiar with the Spanish language, culture, or specifically Mexican culture are aware that there are even books on Spanish words used informally by us Mexicans, for example, that have a profound and direct relationship with culture and individuals’ personalities.

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Writing this article makes me very happy because it is a straightforward and “back to basics” approach to introducing you to our culture by “letting you in” on the nuances of our language.

What better place to begin than with our various greetings and questions like “How are you?” in Spanish?

If you are learning Spanish as a new language, this article will definitely be useful to you.

Let’s get started.

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How to say How Are You in Spanish: overview

For the greeting: “¿Cómo estás?” (koh-moh ehs-tahs) we need first to consider certain “facts” that matter:

► It is a question, and in Spanish, question marks are used at the beginning and end of a sentence.

► Take note of the “accents.” If you don’t use accents when writing, you won’t be asking “how are you?” You will actually say, “I eat this.” (I know, it’s very confusing.)

► For Spanish speakers, “¿Cómo estás?” is the very common way to ask “How are you?” in a variety of situations and with a lot of different expressive intonations.

How to say “How Are You?” in Spanish, at a Glance

Use this part of the article as your cheat sheet for the most “formal” context or “polite” different ways to ask “¿Cómo estás?”

¿Cómo te/le/les va? – How is it going?

¿Qué tal? – How is it?

¿Cómo te encuentras? – How do you find yourself?

¿Cómo has estado? – How have you been?

As a note, please consider that the above is not a literal translation and that the examples given are very reductive.

However, in real life, our language is more “colorful” and we don’t use simple phrases like in the above examples.

In our everyday life when we talk to friends and family members we put together more complex phrases to say How are you and here below I will explain more of that.

In fact, we will go over more ways to say “How are you” in informal situations and slang.

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Also read: How to say I love you in Spanish


19 Ways to Say How Are You in Spanish

1. ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo está? ¿Cómo están?

As we have already mentioned, “Cómo estás?” is not the only greeting we have in our language, despite the fact that it is the first greeting taught in a Spanish class.

The question “¿Cómo estás?” can be uttered in a variety of situations and tones. It can be used with strangers, acquaintances, relatives, or friends, and it can be linked to other greetings like the ones we shall include below.

But it’s important to note that, according to Spanish etiquette, we should never inquire “¿Como estás?” with a “S” at the end, if the person is older than us and we don’t know them or if a person in a position of authority hasn’t given us permission to speak with them informally. In these cases, we should always ask: “¿Cómo está?

Yes, it is still customary in Spanish to wait for permission from a higher authority figure or an elderly person before addressing them informally.

A basic example on how or when to use “¿Cómo está?” would be usually attached to a “buenos días” or a “buenas tardes”, like this: “¡Buenos días! ¿Como está?”.

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Or, when calling someone over the phone: “¡Hola! ¡Buenas tardes! ¿Cómo está?”.

“¿Cómo están?” this is used when addressing a couple or a group of people. Meaning, the plural.

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2. ¿Cómo te va? ¿Cómo les va?

Everyone translates this one to “How is it going?”, but, literally and grammatically it means in English, “¿How does it go for you?”.

In order for the Spanish to match the English we need to ask: “¿Cómo te está yendo?”. This literally means “How is it going for you?”.

So, in the case of “¿Cómo te va?” remember, the formal way always has to be considered, so, to authority or an elder, we ask: “¿Cómo le va?“

And, simple, “¿Como les va?” is the neutral plural form.

I use “¿Cómo le va?” when running into an older person that I had constant contact with like for example a former teacher or an acquaintance of my parents with whom I didn’t have a close relationship, or, when I am introduced for a second time to someone, like this:

  • Person 1: Bianca, ¿Ya conoces al Señor Marcos? (Bianca, Have you met Mr. Marcos?)
  • Me: Si, claro, lo conocí en un evento el año pasado. ¿Cómo le va Señor Marcos? (Yes of course, I met him at an event last year, how does everything go for you Mr. Marcos?)

And, another case in which I would use it with a close friend would be when I know he or she has gone through something that had to go well, for example, organizing an important event, like this:

  • Me: Hola Mariana, ¿Como te va con tu evento? (Hello Mariana, how’s the planning of your event going?)
  • Mariana: ¡Muy bien gracias! (Very well thank you!)
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3. ¿Cómo va todo? ¿Cómo van las cosas?

This one means literally: “How does everything go?”

But, more colloquially it translates into: How is everything going? So, it’s just a bit more “intense” or “emphatic” than “¿Cómo te va?

A good way to explain the difference between “¿Cómo te va?” and “¿Cómo va todo?” is that in the first, we are asking about the person, and in the second, we are opening up to every event, situation, problem or news that the person we are greeting has or is living.

For example, when our best friend is hosting an event and she invites us for moral support and we arrive to see her we can ask: “¡Hola! ¿Cómo va todo?” (Hello, how is everything going?)

And, used in similar contexts with different words, we can use “¿Cómo van las cosas?” and we mean, in English, How do things go?

4. ¿Cómo andamos? ¿Cómo andan? ¿Cómo andas?

This one literally means: How are we walking? How are you walking?

When would we use this one? Usually at an event, at a family reunion, at a work meeting, at a wedding.

For example, at a wedding or a party where there are only a couple of hosts and many guests spread out.

Usually, the host does not have time to interact with all of the guests but stops by their tables to say hello, and if they all know each other well through a working relationship, family, or friendship, the host or hosts will ask: “Cómo andan? or Cómo andamos?”

This includes everyone, it’s friendly and informal, and it’s a greeting with “movement,” if that makes sense.

Alternatively, a manager or other authority figure could inquire, “¿Cómo andamos?” upon entering a room where their team or staff was engaged in work.

¿Cómo andas?” Would be used in a singular form.

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5. ¿Qué hay de nuevo?

This one is comical because it is a greeting attached to a 1990s cartoon. Have you ever seen it? Bugs Bunny.

We obviously dubbed all the English-speaking cartoons, so we watched Bugs Bunny in Spanish, and his “What’s up Doc?” was translated into “Qué hay de nuevo viejo?”, but please keep in mind that it literally means “What’s new?”

6.¿Qué tal?

To give you an idea, the word “tal” can be translated as “such” or “like.” However, because “Qué tal?” does not have a literal translation, I might well explain it as if we were asking, “How is it?”

It is used in simple everyday conversations or as a simple greeting. We use it a lot when meeting someone for the first time and when shaking hands, for example:

  • Me: Rodrigo, te presento a Dulce (Rodrigo, meet Dulce)
  • Rodrigo: Es un placer, ¿Qué tal? (It’s a pleasure, how is it like?)

In a personal situation, I would use it to “dig” for more information on something a friend or a family member is telling me about, for example, their holiday or dinner with someone or any experience.

Like this:

  • Daniela: La semana pasada fui al concierto de Bon Jovi (last week I went to Bon Jovi’s concert)
  • Me: ¿Ah si? ¿Y qué tal estuvo? (Really? How was it like?)
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7. ¿Cómo te encuentras?

I don’t really teach this one muchas I feel we don’t use it often in México, but it is quite used in Latin America.

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“¿Cómo te encuentras?” means literally How are you found? But something that makes more sense would be, How am I finding you?

A situation where I see it being used is when someone was sick and you go see them you can say

“¡Hola Lourdes! ¿Cómo te encuentras hoy?” (Hello Lourdes, How do I find yourself today?)

8. ¿Cómo has estado?

This one is a super simple and common phrase. It is basically another tense, what would be the past participle in English, and, instead of “How are you?” It means, ¿How have you been?

The same rules of plural or formal context apply: “¿Como han estado?” for the plural and, “¿Como ha estado?” for a more formal greeting.

Usually instead of “¿Como estás?” I would use the “¿Cómo has estado?” (how have you been) past tense with someone I haven’t seen in a long time and I feel very connected to and happy to see and know him/her.

9.¿Cómo estamos?

Do you remember what I explained about “¿Cómo andamos?”, well, same situation, same contexts, same examples.

One other situation besides a greeting, “¿Como estamos?” can be used at clearing a bill in a group dinner for example. We would say this: “¿Cómo estamos? ¿Estamos tablas?” (How are we? Are we settled?)

Or, maybe a lecturer at a conference would ask his/her audience: “¿Cómo estamos? ¿Estamos cansados o no?” (How are we? Are we tired or are we ok?)

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10. ¿Qué me cuentas? ¿Qué dices (dicen)? ¿Qué es de ti? ¿Qué ha sido de ti? ¿Qué es de tu vida? ¿Qué has hecho?

Each of the above means literally as follows:

¿Qué me cuentas? – “What can you tell to me?”

¿Qué dices (dicen)? – “What can you say?” / “What do you have to share?”

¿Qué es de ti? /¿Qué ha sido de ti? -“What has been of you?”, “What’s up with you?”

¿Qué es de tu vida? – “What is of your life?” “What’s up with your life?”

¿Qué has hecho?– What have you been doing?

The reason I bundled them up together is that the situations and contexts in which they can be used are the same, and in fact, we can greet someone by using many of them at the same time.

For example, when we run into a good friend that we haven’t seen in a long time and we are really happy about running into them we can say:

¡Hola! ¡¿Cómo estás?! ¡¿Qué me cuentas?! ¡¿Qué es de tu vida?!

Note the punctuation. I added the exclamation mark because of course the intonation of the greeting would be a happy one, an excited one, an emotional one.


The funny (and pretty Mexican) ways to ask “How are you?”

Now the fun begins!

Please keep in mind that you would most likely not learn these in a typical Spanish class. Some are incorrectly written words, while others are slang.

Some or many of the greetings listed below are used between very close friends, family, and even people of different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Some people with a higher income, as well as intellectuals or people who don’t want the language destroyed, would frown upon hearing some of these greetings. But they do exist and they are part of our culture. So here it goes.

11. ¿Cómo está usté’?

This is just the same thing as the normal “¿Cómo está? But it’s taking the formality of “usted” and making it an endearing way of addressing someone, or, just plainly making the greeting fun.

Note that you would only do this with a trusted friend. You could be judged as it definitely is a very informal way to speak.

12.¿Comostas? ¿Cómotash?

The examples above are clearly grammar errors. LOL. They are, however, cute and heartfelt ways to address your family or loved one. Just the basic “Cómo estás?” but completely transformed.

13. ¿Qué onda? ¿Qué ondiux? ¿Qué hongo?

I’m sure many of you reading this who are fluent in Spanish have been waiting for this one. I mean, we Mexicans are certainly known for this one!

The infamous “Qué onda?” (What wave?) greeting is definitely the one we use with everyone we know, are friends with, date, work with, and so on.

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Also, keep in mind that the “Qué onda?” is usually followed by another greeting, as in when calling someone after a long time: “Qué onda? “¿Qué me cuentas?” (Which wave? What do you have to say to me?)

Alternatively, when we are waiting for someone and they arrive late, we greet them as follows: “Qué onda con tu vida?” (What’s going on in your life?)

14.¿Que hubo? ¿Quiubo? ¡Quiubole!

Here, I can actually listen to my mom’s voice. Lol. She uses this one all the time!

“¿Qué hubo?” means literally what was there? what happened?

One situation in which I can see myself saying it is when you told your friends you weren’t going to a party and then you show up and they greet you pleasantly surprised with a “Qué hubo?“.

But, of course, as perfect Mexicans, we would eat words or destroy them to make them funny or slang and say either “Quiubo?” or “Quiubole?”

It’s worth noting that the last two words don’t actually exist in the language, but they are part of Spanish culture, particularly in Mexico.

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15.¿Qué pez? ¿Que pedo? ¿Que pedín? ¿Qué pex? ¿Qué pedo güey?

Okay, this one should only be used in genuine confidence, as a joke, if your receiver allows it, or if you live in certain areas where it is commonly used.

I’ve grouped them all together again because they’re used in the same contexts and situations, but these greetings are listed in order of “vulgarity.”

They are not vulgar words, but some of them may be frowned upon.

The literal meaning of the words above is: What fish? What fart? And güey means mate or dude.

To explain a bit what we want to ask when greeting with these Spanish phrases is simply:

“¿Qué pasa?” (What happens? What’s happening?)

This example that follows instead, may be entertaining, but it absolutely cannot be used with anyone.

Qué pedo guey?”

Since this phrase appears frequently in movies or stand-up comedies performed by Mexicans, it’s part of a stereotype, and it sounds like common language but it’s not.

It’s harsh slang, typically used in central Mexico, and it’s not really the nicest way to say how are you in Spanish, so I would keep it either with close friends or when you want to mimic a character or a movie scene.

Otherwise, it’s better to use other “softer” ways.

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16.¿Que tranza? ¿Que show?

The above are basically more slang expressions that are used to ask “¿Qué pasa?” (what’s happening?)

From the formal greetings, I would say that these can be used in conversational Spanish as a parallel to “Como andamos?” or “Como va todo?”

“Qué tranza?” literally translates to “What theft?” And “Qué show?” literally means “What show?”

Many of my uncles use the phrase “Qué tranza?” in my family. You’ll notice that the intonation is very much that of Mexicans, and it comes with hand gestures that I won’t even attempt to describe.

When a group of people is talking and a “lost soul” approaches and wants to know what is going on, he or she will ask, “Qué show?” Even if it sounds impolite, it is effective, and someone in the group will undoubtedly share the fundamentals.

17.¿Y tú qué? ¿Dormimos juntos?

This one is very funny, definitely slang, and definitely occurs between family or friends who are in the same place at the same time but haven’t greeted each other in the time they’ve been there.

Does it make sense?

The greeting’s meaning is: And you? Do we sleep in the same bed?

So, basically, it is a form of complaining to the other for not being greeted while still being amusing or endearing.

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18. ¡Dichosos los ojos! ¡Qué milagro!

This is a very expressive phrase, and it is usually followed by a “Cómo estás?” in one of its many forms, but we definitely greet someone with this phrase and a big smile if we haven’t seen them in a long time and have been wanting to see them.

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It translates as “Blissful eyes!” What a miracle!

If I’m not mistaken, the best way to understand its use is by making reference to the English phrase: “What a sight for sore eyes,” and we use it in Spanish for the same situation.

19. ¿Qué pasión? ¿Qué pachó? ¿Que pachuca por toluca?

Lastly, (for now), this one is another form of transforming the normal “¿Que pasa?” into slang or a funny way to speak.

The phrases mean: What passion? And pachó and pachuca are just transformed words to ask What is happening? Or What happened?which in correct Spanish would be “Que pasó


How to say how are you in Spanish: final thoughts

Honestly, I believe you will enjoy reading this post, but, I bet you that you would have had a much better time being in my head.

It was quite entertaining to go looking for context, personal experience, movies, and all the many circumstances in which I would use the different expressions and forms of “¿Cómo estás?”I definitely laughed all the way.

So, with all that you learned today, have your Spanish language skills improved? Which one of the new phrases will you use?

Word of warning! Make sure that you hold on to the slang or the funniest ones to use with people you know and trust, and in informal settings, ok? Not all of the phrases that you learned today are appropriate for every situation.

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What is the formal way to say how are you in Spanish? ›

If you'd like to say “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish, you can use “Hola, ¿cómo estás?” (informal/singular). If you are greeting someone in a more formal setting, you'll want to use “Hola, ¿cómo está?” (formal/singular).

How do you answer in Spanish to how are you informal? ›

Say "bien" (bee-ehn) in most situations.

English-speakers typically don't take "How are you?" literally, and neither do Spanish speakers in most situations. Just as you would respond to the question with "fine" or "good" in English, in Spanish you would most often answer "bien (bee-ehn).

What are the 4 ways to say you in Spanish? ›

You can say tú, usted, ustedes, vos or vosotros.

And they all mean the same thing: You!

What are 3 formal greetings in Spanish? ›

Initial Greetings
SpanishEnglish equivalentFormality
Buenos díasGood morningSlightly formal
Buenas tardesGood afternoonSlightly formal
Buenas nochesGood night/Good eveningSlightly formal
Muy buenas/buenasShort version of all the aboveInformal
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What are 3 ways to say how are you? ›

10 other ways to say "How are you?"
  • How are you doing?
  • How have you been?
  • How's everything?
  • How's it going?
  • How are things going?
  • What's going on?
  • What's new?
  • What's up?

Is Muy bien formal or informal? ›

Formal phrases are used with strangers, in places or situations that are naturally formal (at government bodies, speaking with clients, etc) and with older people.
Greetings in Spanish.
EnglishSpanish – InformalFormal
Fine (thanks), and you?Bien (gracias), ¿y tú?Bien (gracias), ¿y usted?
Very wellMuy bien
I'm glad for youMe alegro
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What are the 4 vocabulary words phrases you can use to express how you are doing )? In Spanish? ›

This is probably one of the most basic phrases that people learn in Spanish and one of the first things you learn in Spanish courses.
  • ¿Qué más? ¿bien o qué?
  • ¿Todo bien? ¿qué cuenta pues?
  • ¿Quiubole? ¿Cómo vamos pues?
  • ¿Qué más parcero? ¿bien o qué?

How do you tell if a Spanish word is formal or informal? ›

Both the subject pronouns and the verbs used in a sentence tell you whether you are speaking formally or informally. In Spanish, you have the option of leaving off the subject pronoun.

How are you slang? ›

What's up? This is an informal way or slang to ask a friend, “How are you?”. Asking a friend or close colleague, “What's up?” could give you a long or a short response. It could go: “What's up?” – “Nothing much, you?”.

How do you respond to bien y tu? ›

The standard answer is probably "Bien" ("Fine") or "Muy bien" ("Very good"). Of course, both of those responses are often expanded: "Muy bien, gracias.

Is Todo Bien formal? ›

Replying in formal situations

To express that everything is going really well, and there is no need to give more details. A variant of estoy bien is todo bien (all good). It works perfectly in most contexts.

How do you greet someone professionally in Spanish? ›

2. Buenos días (BWEN-os DEE-ahs) “Good mornings ” is a formal option to greet people in Spanish. This Spanish greeting is used with people older than you as well as strangers.

What are 5 Spanish words? ›

Basic Spanish Words
  • Hola (Hello)
  • Adios (Goodbye)
  • Gracias (Thank you)
  • Por favor (Please)
  • Si (Yes)
  • Claro (Of course)
  • No (No)
  • Amor (Love)
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What are the 4 types of sentences in Spanish? ›

Sentence Types
  • Statements & declarations (oraciones enunciativas) ...
  • Questions & Interrogatives (oraciones interrogativas) ...
  • Commands, Orders, Imperatives, Directives (oraciones imperativas) ...
  • Exclamations (oraciones exclamativas) ...
  • Wish (oraciones desiderativas)

What is an example of a formal greeting? ›

The most respectful greetings are formal ones like "hello," or time-related greetings like "good morning" or "good evening." To make it even more respectful, add the listener's formal title afterwards, like "hello, Mr. or Mrs. ______," or even "hello, sir or ma'am."

How do you say hello slang? ›

  1. How do you say hello in English slang? Yo, Hiya, Hey, Sup, Howdy, You alright mate.
  2. How do you say hello casually? Hi, Hey, Hiya, Yo.
  3. How do you reply to Hi? You can also say Hi, Hello, Hey, Hiya. Then, you can add a question like How are you?

What are the five forms of greeting? ›

Let's go over 10 different ways that we can say hello or greet someone in English.
  • Hello. This is the most basic greeting in English. ...
  • Hi. This is a shorter version of "hello". ...
  • Hey. ...
  • Good morning. / Good afternoon. / Good evening. ...
  • It's nice to meet you. ...
  • It's a pleasure to meet you. ...
  • It's good to see you again. ...
  • What's up?

What is formal way of answer how are you? ›

The correct response is “Fine, and you?” That's it. Fine and you. Or some variation, like “Good, how about yourself?” Or “Doing fine, and you?”

How are you ways to answer? ›

You need to answer briefly, but in a positive way. “Great!” “I'm doing really well, thank you,” or “Fantastic!” are all good ways to answer. They will tell the other person that you are enthusiastic and ready to work. You might be shaking hands, too.

How are you in different ways formal? ›

How's everything little thing in your life? How do you fare? How's it rolling? What's up with the flow?

Is Como esta formal? ›

How to Say Hello How Are You in Spanish. If you'd like to say “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish, you can use “*Hola, ¿cómo estás?” (informal/singular). If you are greeting someone in a more formal setting, you'll want to use “Hola, ¿cómo está?” (formal/singular).

Is Tres bien formal or informal? ›

Options for Replying to a Secondary Greeting
FrenchEnglish equivalentFormality
Bien, merci !Good, thanks!Neutral
Très bien, merci.Very well, thanks.Neutral
Ça va.I'm good.Neutral
Ça roule.Going well.Informal
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Is good Bueno or bien? ›

Buen is the apocopic (missing the final syllable) form of bueno, and means “good” or “fine.” Bien is an adverb. Buen/bueno is an adjective. If you remember this simple rule, bien vs bueno will become much easier to understand.

What are some slang words in Spanish? ›

10 Of The Best Spanish Slang Expressions
  • En un abrir y cerrar de ojos. Meaning: in the blink of an eye. ...
  • Mucha mierda. Meaning: break a leg. ...
  • Llueve sobre mojado. Meaning: to beat a dead horse. ...
  • Ponerse las pilas. Meaning: get cracking; put one's skates on. ...
  • Hablar por los codos. ...
  • Estar piripi. ...
  • La gota que colmó el vaso. ...
  • Echar una mano.
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How do you know that the language used by someone formal or informal? ›

Formal language does not use colloquialisms, contractions or first-person pronouns such as “I” or “We.” Informal language is more casual and spontaneous. It is used when communicating with friends or family either in writing or in conversation.

What is a formal command in Spanish examples? ›

Formal Spanish Commands - Affirmative and Negative
verb endinginfinitiveformal command (affirmative)
-arhablar (to talk)Hable. (Talk.)
-erleer (to read)Lea. (Read.)
-ircubrir (to cover)Cubra. (Cover.)

What are the two ways a person can say you are in Spanish informal and formal? ›

In Spanish there are two ways of saying "you": There's the informal form, tú and the more formal usted (often abbreviated as Ud.) Whether you use tú or usted depends on a variety of different factors, but it can be a bit intimidating for English speakers used to addressing everybody as "you".

What are examples of formal and informal sentences? ›

Informal: The balloon was blown up for the experiment. Formal: The balloon was inflated for the experiment. Informal: The patient got over his illness. Formal: The patient recovered from his illness.

Which is an example of informal language? ›

In informal language they are used for easier flow and faster speech. For example: She has decided to accept the job offer [formal] She's decided to accept the job offer [informal]

What are the top 10 slang words 2022? ›

10 English slang terms you need to know in 2022
  1. Cheugy. This word (pronounced choo-gee) has swooped in to replace old fan-favorite “basic”. ...
  2. Rent free. Can't stop thinking about someone? ...
  3. Vibe check. Is someone acting shady or negative? ...
  4. Main character. ...
  5. Caught in 4k. ...
  6. Understood the assignment. ...
  7. Bussin' ...
  8. The blueprint.
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Are you Gucci slang? ›

Gucci — Say good-bye to remarking, “That's cool” and say hello to “That's gucci.” Urban Dictionary traces “gucci” back to '08, but it's still a relatively niche term. It means “good” or “cool.”

How do you say okay in slang? ›

  1. yeah.
  2. alright.
  3. yes.
  4. yep.
  5. yea.
  6. all right.
  7. ay.
  8. aye.

How do you politely greet someone in Spanish? ›

Use the following phrases to say hello to someone in Spanish.
  1. Hola - Hello.
  2. Buenos días - Good morning.
  3. Buenas tardes - Good afternoon.
  4. Buenas noches - Good evening.

Is it muy bien or muy bien? ›

Muy bien meaning “Very well”

Let's break it down. Muy means “very” and is often followed by an adverb or an adjective. The word bien is the literal translation of “well”. So muy bien means “very well”, “fine”, or even “OK”, when used to express satisfaction about a situation.

Is it formal to say how are you? ›

It can get a bit repetitive to always ask the same question, we are here to help: You can ask “How are you” in English in a formal way, informally or even in slang.

Is Que Pasa formal? ›

This phrase is very colloquial, so it is rarely appropriate to use in formal settings. Check out the examples below to see ¿Qué pasa? in action! ¡Hola!

What should I reply to Hola? ›

This phrase means “how are you?” and can be used not only to find out how somebody is feeling, but can also be used as a way to say hello. If in passing someone says “hola!” to you, it would acceptable to reply: “como estas?

Do I say Bueno or Buena? ›

Remember that Spanish adjectives need to agree in gender and number with the noun they are describing: bueno, buena, buenos, buenas. You need to take into consideration whether the noun is feminine or masculine and singular or plural. Tu español es bueno. Tu pronunciación es buena.

Does Bueno mean okay? ›

Bueno can be used as an interjection meaning, "OK," "sure" or "fine," as in agreeing with someone or something.

Does Hasta luego mean? ›

Translated literally from Spanish to English, hasta luego means “until then.” (Until then is used in English in the exact same way—to say you'll see someone soon.)

How do you say formal reply? ›

Some common synonyms of reply are answer, rejoinder, response, and retort.

How is it going formal answer? ›

The "proper" answer is Fine. or Just fine, thank you. It is not meant literally, and the questioner usually does not want to hear about whatever may be actually troubling you if you are not feeling "fine". Even knowing this, greetings like this rather annoy me.

Is Que Onda rude? ›

Que onda in Spanish is a way friends and family welcome each other in an informal situation. Remember, if you're using que onda as a greeting, it should be with someone you already know or in a casual scenario. Que onda is not acceptable in formal or elegant situations.

What is no pasa nada? ›

“No pasa nada” has a wide array of meanings, “nothing happened,” “don't worry about it,” “no problem,” “no big deal,” “it's ok,” etc. I think you see where I am going with this, never ending, which explains why it is used so much in conversation.

Is Cómo se llama formal? ›

To say “my name is…” in Spanish you say me llamo… In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿Cómo te llamas? (informal) or ¿Cómo se llama usted? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you learn to introduce yourself in Spanish.


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