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Other ways of asking "How are you?"


  • How are you doing?

  • How have you been?

  • What’s sizzling?

  • How do you do?

  • Howdy! (This is actually an informal greeting that is short for “How do you do?”)

  • What’s going on?

  • What’s new?

  • Wazzup? (Just a word play on the regular “What’s up?” greeting.)

  • What are you up to?

  • What’s good in the hood? (It rhymes so it’s good!)

  • Long time no see! (Say this with an excited voice and a long and jolly rekindling of friendship will be ahead of you.)

  • What’s new with you?

  • Ogenki desu ka? (This is how you say it in Japanese.)

  • How long has it been?

  • Must be tough, huh? (This is assuming that the person you’re greeting is stressed out.)

  • How are things going?

  • Sup! (This is just a shortcut to the usual “What’s up?” salutation.)

  • I’d like to hear from you!

  • Anything interesting happening in your life lately?

  • Comment allez-vous? (This is how you say it in French.)

  • Are you doing anything?

  • Are you busy?

  • Are you free?

  • Do you have any spare time?

  • Ni hao ma? (This is how you say it in Chinese.)

  • Do you have a moment?

  • What is happening?

  • Como estas? (This is how you say it in Spanish.)

  • What are you doing right now?

  • Jal jinaess-eoyo? (This is how you say it in Korean.)

  • What’s new?

  • Wagwan? (This term is of Jamaican origin and simply a contraction of “What is going on?”)

  • What’s cracking?

  • Hey, where have you been? How can a friend disappear somewhere like that?

  • What’s popping?

  • What’s kickin’, little chicken?

  • How farest thou? (This was a usual greeting for English people of the long gone past.)

  • What’s shaking, bacon?

  • 'Ow bist ol' but? (Colloquial accent from Gloucestershire in England!)

  • How’s life treating you?

  • Hey there! (Ah, the proven and tested “Hey there!” greeting.)

  • What’s up, buttercup?

  • Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. But here’s my number. So call me maybe? (This is best used when flirting with someone.)

  • How are you holding up?

  • Traveled anywhere fun lately? (Seems like you wanna tag along?)

  • How’s living in your shoes?

  • Ua mai oe? (This is how you say it in Samoan.)

  • Watching any good shows?

  • Hey, you look so bright and happy, is there anything we can celebrate?

  • What’s cooking? (Hungry, are you?)

  • ‘Sup my homeslice? (Homeslice is just another word for homie, homeboy, friend, or buddy.)

  • Mind if we catch up?

  • How is life sailing?

  • Whatcha doin’?

  • Where are you heading?

  • Hey Einstein, still cracking the old theory? (This is most effective on really academically or scientifically smart people.)

  • Hey you, shouldn't I thank you for burbling those past memories back into my head?

  • Pos eisai? (This is how you say it in Greek.)

  • Hey there, good to see you! Does life still find you cool?

  • Hey, are you happy to see this cool brat again? If not, you still got no choice. (Utter this if you’re confidently cool and you know it.)

  • How are things coming along?

  • Come va? (This is how you say it in Italian.)

  • What have you been doing since we last talked?

  • What was the highlight of your day, so far?

  • What about yoos? (Another colloquialism, this one is from Northern Ireland)

  • I trust you are in fine fettle. (Fine fettle? Woah, big words coming from you! Well, ‘fine fettle’ just means ‘good order or condition.’)

  • I hope you are in good hands.

  • Pen xyangri bang? (This is how you say it in Thai.)

  • How’s every little thing in your life?

  • How are you feeling?

  • What new ideas are giving you energy lately? (I must say that this is a very positive way to initiate a conversation.)

  • Are you well?

  • How met? (This was one way of saying “How are you?” during the medieval times.)

  • How do you fare?

  • How dost thou? (This is how people who speak old english ask “How are you?”)

  • Kumusta? (This is how you say it in Filipino.)

  • How’s it hangin’?

  • Would you mind my company?

  • Quid agis (This is how you say it in Latin.)

  • How ya doin’?

  • Kak dela (This is how you say it in Russian.)

  • Any exciting occurrence in your life lately?

  • How was your day?

  • Wie geht es dir? (This is how you say it in German.)

  • What’s the good word?

  • Life, huh? (This is most appropriate to utter if you find the recipient of you greeting sighing about life.)

  • Kayf halik (This is how you say it in Arabic.)

  • Ahoy, matey! How are ye? (Clearly, this is the pirate way of asking “How are you?”)

  • You all right?

  • Hvordan har du det? (This is how you say it in Norwegian.)

  • What’s up in the sky?

  • How’s it rolling?

  • Howdy-doody!

  • How’s everything?

  • Whaddup yo!

  • Whats the word, hummingbird?

  • Habari yako? (This is how you say it in Swahili.)

  • What’s the gist, physicist? (This is great to use when speaking with an actual scientist or at least an intellectual/nerdy person.)

  • Hidyho, whadayaknow? (This looks like a cool combination of ‘hi’, ‘how do you do’, and ‘what do you know?’)

  • Well, who do we have here? (This sounds kind of condescending, but that depends on how you say it.)

  • How’s your to-do list faring?

  • What’s up with the flow?

  • What’s baking?

  • What’s with the face?

  • How’s it going?

  • Como voce esta? (This is how you say it in Portugese.)

  • How’s everything coming together?

  • What’s smokin’?

  • What’s grillin’?

  • I hope you are in good hands.

  • Any juicy news you want to talk about? (Hahaha, you gossip!)

  • Is there anything concerning you?

  • Apa Kabar? (This is how you ask in Indonesia)

  • What’s the latest buzz in your world?

List courtesy of 'www.pairedlife.com'

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