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Jessi: Top 25 Spanish Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 16: How are you? in Spanish (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Spanish learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question How are you? In Spanish this is
Javier: ¿Cómo estás?
The first word in the question is
Javier: cómo
Jessi: meaning how in English.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) cómo
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Javier: cómo
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Javier: estás
Jessi: meaning you are.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) estás
Jessi: Now repeat.
Javier: estás
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Javier: cómo estás
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How are you??
Javier: Estoy bien
Jessi: "I'm fine.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Javier: (Slow) Estoy bien
{pause}
Replace "u" with "je" when talking to friends.
Jessi: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Javier: estoy
Jessi: meaning I am.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) estoy
Jessi: Now repeat
Javier: estoy
{Pause}
A: And next
Javier: bien
meaning fine.
Javier: (Slow, by syllable) bien
A:Now repeat.
Javier: bien
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, I'm fine., and then repeat.
Javier: Estoy bien
{pause}
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace fine with bad.
Javier: mal
Jessi: bad
Javier: (slow) mal (regular) mal
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with bad
Javier: Estoy mal
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace fine. Say I'm bad.
{pause}
Javier: Estoy mal
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace bad with so so.
Javier: regular
Jessi: so so
Javier: (slow) regular (regular) regular
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with so so
Javier: Estoy regular
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for bad. Say I'm so so.
{pause}
Javier: Estoy regular
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace so so with very well.
Javier: muy bien
Jessi: very well
Javier: (slow) muy bien (regular) muy bien
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with very well
Javier: Estoy muy bien
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for so so. Say I'm very well.
{pause}
Javier: Estoy muy bien
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Spain and someone asks you how you are. You are fine. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cómo estás? (five seconds) Estoy bien
Jessi: Now imagine you are bad Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cómo estás? (five seconds) Estoy mal
Jessi: Imagine you are so so. . Answer the speaker's question.
Javier: ¿Cómo estás? (five seconds) Estoy regular
Jessi: Imagine you're very well. Respond to the question.
Javier: ¿Cómo estás? (five seconds) Estoy muy bien
Jessi: You want to ask someone how they are doing. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Javier: ¿Cómo estás?
{pause}
Jessi: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Javier: ¿Cómo estás?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 16

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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¡Hola! Estoy muy bien.

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Hola Nirina,


Thank you for participating.

Please let us know if you have any question or doubt.

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Nirina
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Hola! Estoy bien! Gracias.

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Hola Anirudh,


Que lindo que es India, no?

Espero lo estes disfruntando.

Sigamos practicando!


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Anirudh
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Buenos dias,

Ahora estoy viviendo en India ?

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Hola Anirudh,


Thank you for your question.

Yo vivo en Lima, Perú. Y tu?

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Anirudh
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Buenos Dias ,


Si, estoy disfrutando las lecciones y el idioma de español mucho ??

¿Donde vive usted ??

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Hola Anirudh,


Gracias por participar.

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Anirudh
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Hola,

Estoy muy feliz , gracias.

¿Y usted ?

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Hi Pamelaann!

Thanks for posting and letting us know :)

Keep listening!