¿Qué tal?

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The Spanish curriculum that I have says that ¿Qué tal? is translated "how are you/" and that ¿Qué tal el concierto? means "How was the concert'" But I thought from my own experience that ¿Qué tal? meant more like "what's up'" and ¿Qué tal el concierto? meant something like, "What about that concert'" And it is slang right'

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updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by Redimida

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Just adding to this: as far as I know, "Qué tal" is universally understood -- like Heidita said, colloquial, but standard Spanish. "What's up" is recent U.S. slang which might not be understood everywhere.

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by Natasha
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And this was said by Gus:

We use it the same way in Guatemala..

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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this was my answer:

Hi Redimina, I hope I may answer too, raspberry

"¿Qué tal'" is very colloquial for how are you , how about or what...like

¿Qué tal el concierto? What was the concert like?
¿Qué tal la fiesta? What was the party like?
¿Qué tal estás? How are you?
¿Qué tal si salimos? How about going out?

I would not consider this slang, but a very colloquial form. I think mostly used in Spain.

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Redimida, your question has been answered on another page, too.

Please do not post the same question twice.

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Thanks Santiago. Actually I tried to ask you directly. I clicked on your name; I have no idea why it came up as an open thread. I am new to this site, so maybe I did something wrong. But I was quite sure my question was to you only and was surprised to see it on the Forum.

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Redimida
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One more thing just occurred to me. In the following context, "what about" would be just "y" in Spanish.

-Ay, qué bueno es poder ir al concierto esta noche, sin los niños.
-No lo podemos, que tenemos una reunión en la escuela.
-¿Y el concierto'

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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I found your thread. (And please don't open two threads on the same question. You can ask people direct questions by leaving a comment at their personal page.)

Your text is right and so are you. ¿Qué tal? can mean "What's up," "How was/is," and also "What about..." The context makes clear which meaning is intended.

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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P.S. My interest is in Mexican Spanish.

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Redimida