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"¿Cómo estás?"

Translation:How are you?

September 16, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huysan

Bien, gracias. This is the first Spanish sentence I learnt in my Spanish class. I was wondering when it would appear in DL lessons. Finally!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianFran354476

The lessons are definitely ordered quite differently


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antoneeyuh

I was wondering too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jameson465359

tip, if you keep saying the last word it will take it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chunkylefunga

This should be much higher in the stream. This is Spanish 101. Why are we learning I need a lawyer much before how are you :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SirRoderick42

Isn't that from lingo deer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/veronika_e

so what is the difference between "como esta?" and "como estas?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirakrakra

como esta = like this OR I eat this

como estas = like these OR I eat these

cómo está = how is it/ he/ she OR how are you, where the you is a person you are not familiar with

cómo estás = how are you, where the you is a friend


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RimaAbuSal

cómo está = how are you in [formal way] ,, like when you speak to your boss or teacher

cómo estás = how are you in [informal way] ,, like when you talk to your friend


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rachelleeann

They both mean "how are you," but "como està" is the more formal version, as it is using the usted version of the verb rather than the tu version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jpeg69

Why is "how do you do" wrong ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

the verb estar is 'are,' not 'do'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jam_bos

Translating between languages does not always mean translating word for word


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogrig

yes, but isn't this just a formula, a greeting?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huysan

It's regular greeting. However even in English, "How do you do" is a different sentence than "How are you" grammatically even their meanings are similar. Stick with the translation folks :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

This is colloquially correct, but not a literal translation. Literal translations are always preferred when possible. By "when possible," I mean when the intended meaning is not changed. Sometimes, a word-for-word translation will change the meaning, and then, it's better to interpret while changing as few words as possible.

Esto es coloquialmente correcto, pero no una traducción literal. Siempre se prefieren las traducciones literales cuando sea posible. Cuando digo "cuando sea posible", me refiero a cuando el significado supuesto no cambia. A veces, una traducción palabra por palabra cambiará el significado, y luego, es mejor interpretar cambiando al menor número de palabras posible.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah102715

Because they way you say iy in spanish is ¿como te va?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karenank

Seems like there are two completely different ways of saying how are you ¿Como estas? Or ¿Que tal estas? When would you use each of the them please? (Sorry unable to use correct punctuation on my keyboard)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

"¿Qué tal?" is more slangy, like "What's up?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BitesWhenBitten

When do we use estas? And when do we use things like "son"? Does this change to a context? Like if I was asking someone I was close to "How are you?" instead of say, a random acquaintance.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BPS-PenuelO

Son (Ser) is used for descriptions, origins, characteristics, time, occupations, and relative relationships (DOCTOR). Estas (Estar) is used for locations, actions, conditions, and emotions (LACE)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinSp6s

Person: Hola!

Dog:Si, cómo estás?

Person: Muy buen.... ...Wait a minute... ...Are dogs supposed to talk?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RowHash508

Omg! Thats hilarious! That just brightened up my day! Gracias amigo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/audioded

Using capitalization gives away what the first word is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skepticalways

Funny! I had a typo; I put ¿Cómoo estás? That's what one cow says to another! HA!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olaf658287

buenas noches muchachos


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoisWright3

Why is it estas and not esta?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deepalijani

What is the difference between como estas and como estas usted ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mahesh781693

Como = i eat then Why it becomes How ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirakrakra

Cómo with accent is how. Como is I eat, like, as or since.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianFran354476

Does como tu work too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Otaku2Learn

Lol...I tested something out and it worked. If anyone knows Russell Peters probably knows what I'm talking about...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/styxnsk1n

Whats the difference between Como estas? And Como le va a usted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulBarrette

"como estas" is a translation here for " how are you". A few sentences earlier it was not provided as a possible translation for "how are you".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tawney

I listen over and over and cannot hear an s - i hear estã, not estás. Bah humbug.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DAngelloRi

we are fammers sksksksksksksksks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aayonah

My slow self put "Estoy bien"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZuzaFilip1

Im fine thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Autumn769695

This has probably come up before, but i understnd that como can translate to 'what' and 'how'. How can you tell which word is being used?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirakrakra

cómo with accent is the interrogative how

como is as or I eat from comer/ to eat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryagami97

I accidentally wrote "Hoe are you?" xD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chemisstre

What does como esta usted mean? "How are you" seems incomplete without 'usted'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

Null subject pronouns like "usted" are always in the conjugated verb forms. Null subject pronouns are sometimes used to provide emphasis, just as English uses the reflexive pronoun "yourself."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dylan155485

¿Cómo está usted? is the formal version of how are you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parmachella

WARNING: It is interesting that there is a "translate from English into Spanish" version of this question which, if one does not include the word "tu" at at the end, is designated wrong. So, one must write: (PC keyboard not equipped for Spanish punctuation) "?Como estas, tu?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

You can look up how to adapt PC keyboards so that they type diacritical marks. It's free, and the key words are "international keyboard."

Also, I am not sure if a comma should be used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

Maybe some explanations verbs estar and ser, when do you use the verb estar and when ser? Not so very clear for Spanish beginners. Maybe you can add this in the new course. Gracias for all the good work done!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

See BPS-Penuel's comment above.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/porquefeliz

Como means eat/like/how. Is it a homograph in spanish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirakrakra

Rather a "homosound", como/ I eat differs graphically with an accent from cómo/ how


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda_from_NJ

I believe you meant "homonym," an English word that means "a word that sounds like another but has a different different spelling and meaning."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brizanza

I almost answered the question instead of putting the translation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leneeerDD

it doesn't accept spanish text language....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leather229b

Hey guys let me tell you the funniest thing that happened today nothing it was cold and wet and yucky germs all over mud on the ground and snow the only highlight was God my 100%s and four square like and comment if ur day was like this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thomasjewer

What the heck?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Harley588854

Sadly Duo seemed not tou understand 'How's it hanging?'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JitenderCh361304

I have doubt that how can como means how are you because if como means eat how can the word can become another word


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoryAttabe

como estas does not make sense


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoryAttabe

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PriyankaMo18

I answered "how do you do?". And it was wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amritakhat2

Does Como estas..and que tal estas mean same?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbigailAsu2

Sometimes it's hard sometimes to it's fun


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paula67017

Why sometimes is it said como estas and sometimes como esta ustec?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.LHlG8K

Difference between eres and estás?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kllm524951071363

I'm okay and you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/queytu

How about 'cómo te vas'? What's the different?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MayaHenry10

What is the difference between saying "Cómo estás" and "Que tal"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pomygit

How do you do? Not allowed?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.E5zMei

I have written correct, but due to auto correct, the answer changed

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