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Re: "How are you", in different languages?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, March 1, 2003, 11:46
Daniel Andreasson wrote:
> > A more common Swedish > expression for > > the same might be _hallå, hur mås (det)?_ "hello, how is (it) > feeling?". > > I just like to point out that if someone on this list ever comes > to Sweden and don't want to come out like a total geek or hillbilly > (and here I'm refering to anyone not living in Stockholm), </SARCASM> > you probably shouldn't use _hur mås det?_.
You say? Well, in the circles where I'm usually found it's pretty neutral, but then the proportion of geeks among my friends is pretty high.
> The absolutely most common way to say "How are you?" is _Hur är det?_, > which is pronounced /hu"rer@/ or /hu"r&r@/. Another common word is > _Läget?_ > /lE:g@t/, which is pretty much 'Wzup?'.
At least here, _hur är det?_ is often expanded to _hur är det med dig då?_ or _hur är det med [insert name] då?_. The later form is a pretty good as a conversation-starter (at parties, say), because it makes it clear who you're trying to speak to. Andreas