How can I say "How are you?" in Italian?

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In English, it is usual to ask "How are you?" as a salutation. How can I say a similar thing in Italian?

april

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The typical idioms are

Come stai? (informal, with known people or friends)

Come sta? (formal, with unknown people or important people)

Come va? (always possible)

persson

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7In my opinion "Come va?" is informal.Fabio F. 2015-01-07T14:10:55.733

6Yes, I agree it tends a bit towards the informal side. However I think no one would be surprised of being asked "come va?", even by strangers, or interpret it as an excess of familiarity or intimacy (well, I surely wouldn't). As usual, local/personal differences are possible or even likely.persson 2015-01-07T14:15:34.187

3Come va is not informal. You could say: "Salve, piacere di conoscerla. Come va?"alallo 2015-01-07T15:12:45.417

4come va sounds pretty informal. I'd never say Buongiorno professore, come va? to one of my professors in a formal conversation. The sentence come va? goes very well with a friendly pat on the back in my opinion.Bakuriu 2015-01-07T18:56:43.667

But, do you always expect an answer when asking "come va?" or "come stai?"Charo 2015-01-07T20:53:29.673

2Normally, yes (well, I do at least). Of course, there are always people who don't bother answering, as well as people who don't care about the answer. When they meet, everything's fine.persson 2015-01-08T00:28:28.787

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IMHO the other answer is translating "how are you doing". If you are unsure what register to use etc., you can use "Tutto bene?". It's not as common, but it's never wrong: in Bakuriu's example, "Buongiorno professore, tutto bene?" is as formally correct as such a question can possibly be.

Nemo

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Anche "Tutto a posto?"user84976 2016-07-06T13:13:12.287

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Be careful, Italian "Come stai/sta?" is indeed asking about health or state of mind. Most likely, I would use it only if I know that something happened to the person in front of me. English usage of "how are you?" is closer to Italian "ciao", isn't it? "Come va?" could be ok, if it is told with a salutation tone, so to speak.

mario

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Welcome to Italian.SE, @mario!Charo 2015-10-24T08:05:01.540

Charo, thanks for your editing.mario 2015-10-25T17:39:30.603

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Come stai (informal) or sta (formal). "Come va" is definitely informal, and means, "how's it going," or "how goes it."

Peter

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1Welcome to Italian.SE; since your answer is already covered in karoshi's, this seems more like a comment. Would you like to expand it?egreg 2016-07-05T08:34:39.277