Hello to everyone. ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?) It`s a question that they certainly ask you frequently when you come to Spain. Do you know what you have to answer?
In this Spanish lesson we will show you several expressions for being able to answer. For sure you will impress your Spanish friends.
Spaniards use the verb ESTAR to describe our state of mind and our physical state. For example:
- -> Estoy bien, gracias (I’m fine thanks).
- -> Estoy mal (I do not feel well).
WARNING: We do not use the verb SER.
Another way to answer the question, how are you or how do you feel, is with the reflexive verb ENCONTRARSE:
- -> Me encuentro bien, gracias (I feel good, thanks).
- -> No me encuentro bien (I don’t feel good).
In some cases we use the verb TENER to express physical sensations:
- -> Tengo frío (I’m cold).
- -> Tengo calor (I’m hot).
- -> Tengo hambre (I’m hungry).
- -> Tengo sed (I’m thirsty).
Likewise, we use these SPANISH IDIOMS to say that we are good, bad, tired, etc.:
Now that you know how to answer when someone asks you “¿cómo estás?”, remember that you have to conjugate the verbs. For example:
Tener mala cara -> (yo) tengo mala cara. (tu) tienes mala cara.
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