How can I say "How are you?" in Italian?
In English, it is usual to ask "How are you?" as a salutation. How can I say a similar thing in Italian?
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Native Italian speaker / Patient and experienced Italian tutor
Italians don't say "How are you?" (Come stai? / Come sta? / Come va?) as a salutation. They say Ciao! / Buon giorno! / Buona sera! / Salve! depending on the circumstances.
Passionate Italian Tutor with Italy Experience
You can say "Come stai?" to someone you know or "Come sta" to someone who is unfamiliar or of a higher social position than you (i.e. professor, senior citizen).
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