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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Latin & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Latin. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. 

Latin is a classical language that was originally spoken in the area surrounding Rome, called Latium. It then became the dominant language used in Italy and throughout the Roman Empire.

Latin died out with the fall of the Roman empire in the 6th century however it did transform into many of the modern languages we use today such as Italian, French and Spanish. 

Although Latin no longer has any native speakers, it can still be useful to know some Latin words and phrases. Latin is still used in certain scenarios today, such as in sciences, chemistry, law and much more.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Latin

There are a few different ways to ask how someone is in Latin. Here are the most common ways. Please note that it varies depending on if you’re speaking to 1 person or multiple people.

If you’re asking 1 person, then say:

How are you doing?Quid agis?

If you’re asking multiple people, then say:

How are you doing?Quid agitis?

You can also say, more informally:

What’s up?Quid novi?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Latin

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youGratias
I’m fineValeo
I’m goodBene
I’m very wellOptime
I’m okay/so-soSatis bene
I’m bad/not goodPessime

Check out this video to hear the pronunciation of these phrases:

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you? Et tu?

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Quid agis? (How are you?)

Person 2: Valeo, gratias. Et tu? (I’m fine, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Bene, gratias. (I’m good, thank you)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Latin and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases. 

If you found this post useful, you may also want to learn how to say I love you in Latin.

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