What are the standard responses to ¿Cómo estás??

The only ones I know of are:



Muy bien.

Which both are for when you are well, how do you say ok? or not so good?

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    This question can be hard to answer because there may be a very long list. Without thinking too much about it: mal, muy mal, regular, genial, tirando, mejor, bastante bien, fatal... depending in how you feel and the situation.
    – Javi
    Mar 14, 2012 at 16:35
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    Así así will work. Mar 14, 2012 at 18:41
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    Indeed, too many answer and very region dependant
    – César
    Mar 14, 2012 at 20:07
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    Welcome to Spanish.SE! We're glad you're here! However, this sounds to me like a general translation question. What are both (bien and muy bien) for? is asking for a Spanish to English translation. How do you say ok? or not so good? is asking for an English to Spanish translation. I am closing the question, until it can be cleaned up or modified to be asking for more than a simple translation, which any dictionary, or google translate can provide, and is off-topic per the FAQ.
    – Flimzy
    Mar 14, 2012 at 22:16

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The exact same way you respond to "How are you?" in English: With an answer for how you are doing. Some examples:

  • Bien.
  • Muy bien.
  • Muy mal.
  • Más o menos.
  • Estoy cansado.
  • Tengo hambre.
  • No sé.
  • Estoy enfermo.
  • Estoy sano como un roble.
  • Estoy feliz como un niño en una tienda de dulces.

... You get the idea.

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    Another one: Será decirte que regular para no preocuparte.
    – Icarus
    Mar 14, 2012 at 21:15
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    Do note that @Icarus example is sarcastic. You may use it with a close friend, but in casual conversation it won't convey the meaning you might want.
    – palopezv
    Sep 25, 2012 at 17:02
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    Or: ¡Pues anda que tú!
    – user12422
    May 22, 2016 at 17:04

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