Hello! We always start a conversation with the question “Как дела?” (How are you?). But very few know there are some other different ways to ask “How are you?” in Russian and I am going to share them with you.
Как дела? [kak deelA] – How are you? or How are things?
This is the most common way of asking.
Как делишки? [kak deelEEshkee] – How are the things?
It is a diminutive form of “Как дела?”.
Как ты? [kak ty] – How are you? (informal)
Как вы? [kak vy] – How are you? (polite)
This question ponts directly at the person.
Ты как? [ty kak] – How are you?
Как жизнь? [kak zheezn’] – How’s life?
Как поживаешь? [kak pazheevAeesh] – How are you living? (informal)
Как поживаете? [kak pazheevAeetye] – How are you living? (polite)
Как успехи? [kak oospEEhee] – How is it going for you?
We can ask this question when we are interested in person’s success and achievements.
Что нового? [shto nOvago] – What’s new?
This question is used when we want to know something new about the person.
Как настроение? [kak nastroYEneeye] – How are you today? (lit. How’s your mood?)
The question points at the person’s mood.
Как учёба? [kak oochYOba] – How’s it going at school?
Как работа? [kak rabOta] – How’s work?
Как здоровье? [kak zdarOv’ye] – How’s health?
Как семья? [kak syem’YA] – How’s the family?
Как дети? [kak dYEtee] – How are the children?
You can also know how person’s family or children are going.
Как дела на личном фронте? [kak deelA na lEEcham frOntye] – How is it going on the personal front?
Как дела на любовном фронте? [kak deelA na lyoobOvnam frOntye] – How is it going on the dating front?
These questions are very personal. Use them with only close friends when you are interested in their personal lives.
Как день прошёл? [kak dyen’ prashOl] – How’s the day?
The question points at the person’s day.
If you know some other ways to ask “How are you?” write your variants in the comment section.