Responses to "¿Qué pasa?"
When someone asks you ¿Qué pasa? (What's going on?/What's up?), how should you respond? Check out this list of responses to ¿Qué pasa? and you'll be able to say anything from Nada. (Nothing.) to ¡Nada! ¡Déjame en paz! (Nothing! Leave me alone!).
Here's a list of fairly standard responses that would be acceptable in just about any situation. Keep in mind that ¿Qué pasa? is not a phrase you hear or say in formal situations or to someone you don't know.
It's Not All About You
It sounds much more polite if you ask the other person what's going on with them.
|Nothing. What's going on with you?/What's up with you?|
|Nothing much. What's going on with you?/What's up with you?|
|Same old, same old. What's going on with you?/What's up with you?|
¿Qué pasa? is Not the Same As ¿Cómo estás?
You shouldn't respond to the question ¿Qué pasa? the way you would to ¿Cómo estás?. It just doesn't make any sense!
The Wrong Way
Check out this awkward conversation between Rodrigo and his friend Thomas.
The Right Way
This conversation is as cool as a cucumber.
The Other ¿Qué pasa?
Keep in mind that, depending on the situation and/or the way it's asked, ¿Qué pasa? can also mean What's wrong?. When ¿Qué pasa? means What's wrong?, you can respond in a number of different ways. Below you'll find just a few of the possibilities.
|Nothing. I'm fine.|
|I have a headache./My head hurts.||You can replace la cabeza with any other body part.|
|I have a stomachache/My stomach hurts.||You can replace el estómago with any other body part.|
|I don't know. I feel weird.||Say this if you're female.|
|I don't know. I feel weird.||Say this if you're male.|
|I'm sick.||Say this if you're female.|
|I'm sick.||Say this if you're male.|
|Nothing! Leave me alone!||Temper, temper.|