A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
1. (how are; used to ask after someone)
a. cómo están
How're the kids?¿Cómo están los niños?
2. (how are; used to ask about something)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
How're the wedding preparations going?¿Cómo van los preparativos para la boda?
How're we supposed to know what that means?¿Cómo se supone que vamos a saber lo que quiere decir eso?
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