The question ‘How are you?’ is the most widespread conversation-opener. Here is your quick guide on how to say ‘how are you’ in Russian. The most common and neutral way to say ‘how are you’ in Russian iskak dela?
. A bit more personal arekak ty?
, when talking to close friends or family members, andkak vy?
, suitable for conversations with people you are less familiar with. If you want to add a casual philosophical touch to your 'how are you' in Russian, askkak zhizn?
, which translates as ‘how is life?’. Some Russians prefer to replace the wordzhizh
with the personal pronounona
and askkak ona?
, which stands for ‘how is it?’, but it is not perceived as an accepted standard way of saying ‘how are you’ in Russian by all. However if you like the pattern, you may just changeona
and saykak ono?
—but mind that it is rather colloquial and usually refers to something one is occupied with right now rather than life in general and will translate as ‘how is it going?’.