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"¿Cómo estás?"

Translation:How are you?

September 16, 2013

99 Comments


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/Ninismartygirl

want to be my friend


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

Wow so many dislikes


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beata840594

I am as surprised ( and relieved) as you are! Finally!


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    Ha ha. Why wasn't it in, like,.the 1st Duolingo lesson


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

    Looking more p have the same number of the person who is this


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

    I was wondering the same thing


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glenda744745

    Should be: I learned.


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

    Learnt is also correct, used more frequently in British English than American English.


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

    good thank you that isn't a sentence


    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/Senae14

    Why do 9 people dislike a question mark that badly


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

    People dislike comments that take up space, contribute nothing, and waste their time.


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

    The comment was showing confusion, prompting OP to elaborate. I hardly find it to be contributing nothing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-MMIV-

    ikr im laughing


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

    let me give a lingot


    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/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/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/Helenita275659

    !Hola! Hello!

    <pre> SINGULAR /How are you? </pre>

    ¿Cómo estás? (TÚ estás) ¿Cómo está? (USTED está)

    Segunda Pessoa do SINGULAR (Tú or Usted)

    • Usted (formal. Toma emprestada a mesma forma de conjugação da Terceira Pessoa)


    <pre> PLURAL/ How are you? </pre>

    ¿Cómo están? (USTEDES están)

    Segunda Pessoa do PLURAL

    • Usted (formal. Toma emprestada a conjugação da Terceira Pessoa)

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

    Helenita's comment is partially Portuguese. I translated it using Google Translate:

    SINGULAR / How are you? Such as? How are you? (YOU are)

    Second Person do SINGULAR (You or You)

    You

    You (formal, borrow the same form of conjugation of the Third Person)

    PLURAL / How are you? How are they? (YOU are)

    Second Person of PLURAL

    You (formal. Borrow the conjugation of the Third Person)


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

    I do not understand you


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

    Norhing really. Its just theres different ways for saying it


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

    Why is "how do you do" wrong ?


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

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


    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/obaapak

    I agree with u


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

    How do you say "how do you do" in Spanish?


    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/ogrig

    I'm not sure it has much to do with grammar. It is a different form of the same greeting. In London you would say "how do you do", but in Melbourne it's either "g'day mate" or, second best, "how are you"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/and.kelley.love

    How do you do and G'day are so much more casual than How are you--They are all greetings but have different meanings.


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

    I agree . how do you do should be accepted, unless there is another form in spanish that is equivalent to "how do you do?".


    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/JustinSp6s

    Person: Hola!

    Dog:Si, cómo estás?

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermione424942

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


    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/skepticalways

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


    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/audioded

    Using capitalization gives away what the first word is.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikey184382

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    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/leneeerDD

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


    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/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/Harley588854

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tomas216237

    Why "how are you" is como ESTAS and "where are you from" dedonde ERES? what rule signifies where to use estás and where eres


    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/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/Aayonah

    My slow self put "Estoy bien"


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

    I accidentally wrote "❤❤❤ 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/Dylan155485

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


    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/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/NehareekaR

    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/RoryAttabe

    who likes georgia bulldogs football


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

    This was a typo and was correct. Jane


    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/Brizanza

    I almost answered the question instead of putting the translation


    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/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.

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