"How is she?"
Translation:¿Cómo está ella?
Ok I haven't seen "tal" before. I put "Qué es Ella?" but got it wrong. can someone explain what "tal" is and how it fits?? Thanks!
¿Qué tal? means "How's it going?". It's a useful phrase for greeting friends and acquaintances in a casual manner.
Why is "es" acceptable here, as well as "esta"? I am confused how they apply here, since I've been told that es is permanent and esta is temporary.
Depending on the context, either could be acceptable. Sample dialogue: "Haven't seen her in a while, how is she?(como esta)". Or (this may not be a great example but it should make my point) " The new employee, how is she(at her job)(como es)". Hope that helps.
The phrase it gave me is ¿Cómo está? How does this mean How is she? I thought that phrase translated to How are you?
JayCrooky is right, usted is the formal way of addressing someone, wherein all the conjugations are in third person.
Esta comes from the root word estar so we drop the r and change it to estoy for I..estas for you..esta for he or she..and so on..it just so happens that some people drop the s on things..makes things harder for us huh