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    name question

    Did a quick search and didn't find this question elsewhere so
    Hi, I'm an absolute beginner in russian and was just wondering if there was any difference between using "как тебя зовут" and "как ваше имя" as different sites tell me different things. Also, when would you use "как поживаете" compared to when you'd use "как дела"?
    Many thanks.

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    Re: name question

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesjean
    Did a quick search and didn't find this question elsewhere so
    Hi, I'm an absolute beginner in russian and was just wondering if there was any difference between using "как тебя зовут" and "как ваше имя" as different sites tell me different things. Also, when would you use "как поживаете" compared to when you'd use "как дела"?
    Many thanks.
    "как тебя(вас) зовут?" — usual
    "как ваше имя?" — a little official

    "как дела" — usual
    "как поживаете" — a little official and archaic

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    Re: name question

    как тебя зовут => what's your name
    как ваше имя => can I have your name

    как поживаете => how do you do
    как дела => how are you

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    Re: name question

    Wicked, cheers for that. Pimsleur actually recommend using "как вы поживаете" but i'm guessing that's even more formal

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