Talk:how are you

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I think we should include the "?" in the title like we do with other question phrases. — Hippietrail 11:59, 5 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I agree. Polyglot 14:40, 5 Jul 2004 (UTC)

An informal greeting, not requiring a literal response[edit]

Could somebody elabarate on this? Thanks!

It means that how are you is usually not actually asking about your health, but it is simply a formal hello. When someone says how are you, you can just answer with hi or hello, or you may answer "Fine, thanks" (even if you are not well), and you usually should not mention ill health or other woes. —Stephen 16:39, 22 February 2007 (UTC)


A friend of mine said that how are you in Kurdish is pronounced: cho(r)ny bashi, I don't know for sure if the "r" is pronounced. Does anyone recognize this dialect? Mallerd 19:45, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

That would be چۆنی باشی, çonî başî, a longer form of چۆنی. —Stephen 16:57, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Thank you, is there a language you don't know ;) Mallerd 18:08, 7 July 2008 (UTC)


The various Hmong translations should be checked. - -sche (discuss) 22:19, 15 February 2013 (UTC)