hello, how are you

21:03 Aug 26, 2000
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: hello, how are you

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Mary Murata
Mariko Kobayashi
Terry Kinjo



1 day 11 hrs

Hope this is helpful!!

Terry Kinjo
United States
Local time: 02:31
PRO pts in pair: 3

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Yuki Van Meter
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2 days 1 hr

Of course it totally depends on the context. You cannot answer this question unless you know how often these people meet, how close they are, and what the situation is like. This answer can be when the two people are reasonable close to each other but haven't seen each other for a while. That's what I think.

Mariko Kobayashi
Local time: 20:31
Native speaker of: Japanese
PRO pts in pair: 22
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8 days

お元気ですかis the text book translation of How are you? but hardly used in normal conversation. If you are on good enough terms with a person to be discussing their health ( as opposed to making some more formal greeting) then you would not use such a stilted phrase. Even,元気?( with rising intonation ) or  最近どう? would be better.

Mary Murata
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:31
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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