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¿Como Estámos?

Sunshine1

Sunshine1

Maybe someone can help me. I listen to the spanish station on the radio everyday to try to help me learn. When people call into the station, they say "¿Como estámos?" Now that seems weird to ask a group of people, 'how are we?' Or maybe it's regional...I can't figure it out. Has anyone else heard this or can explain it to me? Thanks.
Lenguas

Lenguas

"¿Como estámos?" means something like: How are you all ? How is everyone ? How's it going ?
bkdamon

bkdamon

We hear it in english as well. Maybe you've heard a nurse say to a patient " and how are we doing today?". It can be used to address a group or in special cases to individuals, such as when addressing royalty. But, granted, it's not very common these days.
windchaser

windchaser

Whenever I hear a health professional or anyone else say, "How are we?", I can't help but feel that this person is being a bit (at the least) condescending. Maybe that expression is acceptable on a radio program, but personally I'd rather say (and hear) "How are you?".

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