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How are you?

by Natalia Kulikova

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM.

Russians who go abroad often get confused: why is everybody asking them how they feel? Westerners coming to Russia get confused too: why does their simple "how are you?" sometimes trigger such a long and complicated answer? In this episode of Ruspod Shorts: ways to ask "How are you?", ways to asnwer that question, and the attitude Russians have about it.

как дела? [kahk dye-LAH] — how are you?
как настроение? [kahk nah-strah-YEH-nee-yeh] — how’s your mood?
чё как? [cho kahk] — slang. what’s up?

ужасно [oo-ZHAH-snah] — terrible
плохо [PLOH-ha] — bad
так себе [tak syeh-BYEH] — not that great
нормально [nahr-MAHL-nah] — ok, lit. normal
ничего [nyee-CHEH-voh] — not that bad, lit. nothing
ничё [nyee-CHOH] — slang. not bad
хорошо [kha-rah-SHOH] — good, well
отлично [at-LEECH-nah] — great, excellent

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