How Are You in French [Explanation + 10 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to ask how are you in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how you have to use aller and not être
  • how to ask how are you in French
  • how to respond in French
  • the way that this idiom is used in sentences
  • how you can immediately test your knowledge on how to ask how are you in French
  • how how are you in French Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how the idiom fits in French A1 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to ask how are you in French!

Table of Contents

Aller not Être

Before we go into discussing “how are you“, we first have to mention the right verb.

In English, we say “how are you”, but in French they say “how goes it”.

In old English this was more prelevant.

So, before we proceed, just remember the following:

You have to use aller (to go), if you want to ask how are you in French.

How are you in French

Two ways of asking “how are you” in French will be mentioned: formal and informal.

Both of these cases will be handled respectively, and examples will be given.

  1. Formal Way

Comment allez-vous?

How are you?

[lit: How goes it.]

This is the most common way of asking how are you in French.

You can safely use it in any situation.

If you don’t know someone well, or are in some kind of formal/unknown situation then use this one.

  1. Informal Way

Comment ça va?

How are you?

You can use this with anyone that you know well (e.g. friends/family/peers).

Ça va?

How are you?

This is basically a shorter version of the previous example.

You will hear this often as French people love to make words shorter than they actually are.

You can use this with anyone that you know well.

How to Respond

How can you respond after someone asks how you are?

Just as in the chapter before this one, a formal and an informal way will be given

  1. Formal Way

Here’s a postive and a negative way to respond.

Comment allez-vous? – Je vais bien, et vous?

How are you? – I am doing well, and you?

Comment allez-vous? – Je ne vais pas bien.

How are you? – I am not doing well.

Generally, it is expected to ask the other person how he/she is doing, so you will ask “et vous?” afterwards.

  1. Informal Way

Comment ça va? – Ça va bien, et toi?

How are you? – I’m fine, and you?

You can use “et toi?” to ask the other person how he/she is doing after you have responded.

Ça va?Ça va, et toi?

How are you? – It’s going well, and you?

[lit. It goes? It goes, and you?]

Ça va? – Pas terrible.

How are you? – Not great.

You may have heard the following phrase in your French learning books

Comment ça va ? – Comme ci, comme ça.

How are you? – So-so.

Please don’t ever use this.

French people don’t say this.

Somehow every French student is taught this, but French people never say this.

Examples Sentences with How to Say How are You in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say how are you in French is about seeing the idiom in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say how are you in French through examples.

Comment allez-vous?

How are you?

[lit: How goes it.]

Comment ça va?

How are you?

Ça va?

How are you?

Comment allez-vous? – Je vais bien, et vous?

How are you? – I am doing well, and you?

Comment allez-vous? – Je ne vais pas bien.

How are you? – I am not doing well.

Comment ça va? – Ça va bien, et toi?

How are you? – I’m fine, and you?

Ça va?Ça va, et toi?

How are you? – It’s going well, and you?

[lit. It goes? It goes, and you?]

Ça va? – Pas terrible.

How are you? – Not great.

Comment vont vos parents ? – Ils vont bien !

How are your parents? – They are well!

Comment va Angèle ? Elle va bien.

How is Angèle? She is doing well.

Test Your Knowledge on How to Say How are You in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How Are in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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