100+ Alternative Ways to Ask "How Are You?" or "What's Up?"

Updated on May 29, 2018
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Alternative Ways to Ask "How Are You?" or "What's Up?"
Alternative Ways to Ask "How Are You?" or "What's Up?"

When asking people how they are, the most common questions are “How are you?” and “What’s up?” There’s nothing wrong with the two aforementioned greetings, but well, they’re both plain and generic. Thus, I have crafted this list of “How are you?” and “What’s up?” alternatives!

If for some reason you want to break loose from the old ways of greeting and conversing, here is your chance! Add some flair into your everyday existence and get creative in performing the simplest and most mundane things in your life!

  • How are you doing?
  • How have you been?
  • What’s sizzling?
  • How do you do?
  • Howdy! (This is actually an informal greeting that is short for “How do you do?”)
  • What’s going on?
  • What’s new?
  • Whazzup? (Just a word play on the regular “What’s up?” greeting.)
  • What are you up to?
  • What’s good in the hood? (It rhymes so it’s good!)
  • Long time no see! (Say this with an excited voice and a long and jolly rekindling of friendship will be ahead of you.)
  • What’s new with you?
  • Ogenki desu ka? (This is how you say it in Japanese.)
  • How long has it been?
  • Must be tough, huh? (This is assuming that the person you’re greeting is stressed out.)
  • How are things going?
  • Sup! (This is just a shortcut to the usual “What’s up?” salutation.)
  • I’d like to hear from you!
  • Anything interesting happening in your life lately?
  • Comment allez-vous? (This is how you say it in French.)
  • Are you doing anything?
  • Are you busy?
  • Are you free?
  • Do you have any spare time?
  • Ni hao ma? (This is how you say it in Chinese.)

  • Do you have a moment?
  • What is happening?
  • Como estas? (This is how you say it in Spanish.)
  • What are you doing right now?
  • Jal jinaess-eoyo? (This is how you say it in Korean.)
  • What’s new?
  • Wagwan? (This term is of Jamaican origin and simply a contraction of “What is going on?”)
  • What’s cracking?
  • Hey, where have you been? How can a friend disappear somewhere like that?
  • What’s popping?
  • What’s kickin’, little chicken?
  • How farest thou? (This was a usual greeting for English people of the long gone past.)
  • What’s shaking, bacon?
  • How’s life treating you?
  • Hey there! (Ah, the proven and tested “Hey there!” greeting.)
  • What’s up, buttercup?
  • Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. But here’s my number. So call me maybe? (This is best used when flirting with someone.)
  • How are you holding up?
  • Traveled anywhere fun lately? (Seems like you wanna tag along?)
  • How’s living in your shoes?
  • Ua mai oe? (This is how you say it in Samoan.)
  • Watching any good shows?
  • Hey, you look so bright and happy, is there anything we can celebrate?
  • What’s cooking? (Hungry, are you?)
  • ‘Sup my homeslice? (Homeslice is just another word for homie, homeboy, friend, or buddy.)
  • Mind if we catch up?
  • How is life sailing?
  • Whatcha doin’? (For some reason, this greeting reminds me of Isabella from the cartoon show, Phineas and Ferb.)

  • Where are you heading?
  • Hey Einstein, still cracking the old theory? (This is most effective on really academically or scientifically smart people.)
  • Hey you, shouldn't I thank you for burbling those past memories back into my head?
  • Pos eisai? (This is how you say it in Greek.)
  • Hey there, good to see you! Does life still find you cool?
  • Hey, are you happy to see this cool brat again? If not, you still got no choice. (Utter this if you’re confidently cool and you know it.)
  • How are things coming along?
  • Come va? (This is how you say it in Italian.)
  • What have you been doing since we last talked?
  • What was the highlight of your day, so far?
  • I trust you are in fine fettle. (Fine fettle? Woah, big words coming from you! Well, ‘fine fettle’ just means ‘good order or condition.’)
  • I hope you are in good hands.
  • Pen xyangri bang? (This is how you say it in Thai.)
  • How’s every little thing in your life?
  • How are you feeling?
  • What new ideas are giving you energy lately? (I must say that this is a very positive way to initiate a conversation.)
  • Are you well?
  • How met? (This was one way of saying “How are you?” during the medieval times.)
  • How do you fare?
  • How dost thou? (This is how people who speak old english ask “How are you?”)
  • Kumusta? (This is how you say it in Filipino.)
  • How’s it hangin’?
  • Would you mind my company?
  • Quid agis (This is how you say it in Latin.)
  • How ya doin’?
  • Kak dela (This is how you say it in Russian.)
  • Any exciting occurrence in your life lately?
  • How was your day?

  • Wie geht es dir? (This is how you say it in German.)
  • What’s the good word?
  • Life, huh? (This is most appropriate to utter if you find the recipient of you greeting sighing about life.)
  • Kayf halik (This is how you say it in Arabic.)
  • Ahoy, matey! How are ye? (Clearly, this is the pirate way of asking “How are you?”)
  • You all right?
  • Hvordan har du det? (This is how you say it in Norwegian.)
  • What’s up in the sky? (It’s Superman!)
  • How’s it rolling?
  • Howdy-doody!
  • How’s everything?
  • Whaddup yo!
  • Whats the word, hummingbird?
  • Habari yako? (This is how you say it in Swahili.)
  • What’s the gist, physicist? (This is great to use when speaking with an actual scientist or at least an intellectual/nerdy person.)
  • Hidyho, whadayaknow? (This looks like a cool combination of ‘hi’, ‘how do you do’, and ‘what do you know?’)
  • Well, who do we have here? (This sound kind of condescending, but that depends on how you say it.)
  • How’s your to-do list faring? (You’re not being nosy, huh?)
  • What’s up with the flow?
  • What’s baking? (I’m guessing you really like sweets, do you?)
  • What’s with the face?
  • How’s it going?
  • Como voce esta? (This is how you say it in Portugese.)
  • How’s everything coming together?
  • What’s smokin’?
  • What’s grillin’? (Sounds like you’re craving for smoked/grilled meat!)
  • I hope you are in good hands.
  • Any juicy news you want to talk about? (Hahaha, you gossip!)
  • Is there anything concerning you?
  • What’s the latest buzz in your world?

Out of the following greeting alternatives, which one is your favorite?

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