I know:

  • 最近どうですか?

  • 最近どう?

to ask, what's up?/how's it going?.

what other ways are they to say what's up? or how's it going?

Slang-y ways would be nice to know too.

  • 2
    最近ですか >> typo for 最近どうですか, no?
    – chocolate
    Apr 14, 2015 at 5:54
  • @Choko Edited it! Good catch.
    – Mou某
    Apr 14, 2015 at 9:09
  • If by slangy you mean 方言 (Dialects) you are looking for well over 100 different phrases. Can you be more specific? Apr 15, 2015 at 0:05

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Casual (to your friend):

  • 元気?
  • 元気にしてる?
  • 最近どう?
  • 調子はどう?

A bit polite (to your colleague):

  • 元気ですか?
  • 最近どうですか?
  • 調子はどうですか?

Polite, formal:

  • お元気ですか?
  • 調子はいかがですか?
  • ご機嫌いかがですか? (rare; mainly used in fiction by nobles)

Slangy, masculine but respectful (e.g. to a senior in your sport team):

  • 元気っすか?
  • 調子どっすか?
  • what would hoodlums likely say?
    – Mou某
    Apr 15, 2015 at 3:54
  • Western-style young gangsters would perhaps say 「よう、最近どうよ?」「元気か?」 in translated works. Japanese traditional yakuza would say differently, but I'm not good at their speech.
    – naruto
    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:18
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    never forget my favorite--おっす(super slangy, also considered masculine), also ちわっす Apr 15, 2015 at 13:33
  • @MichaelChirico おっす is not asking anything to the listener. If we could include greetings like "hey" "yo", the list would surely be much longer.
    – naruto
    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:19
  • I would argue that we should. "what's up" is only obliquely a question to me in english, as I very rarely give/expect/receive an answer. and in fact it can be reciprocated with another (empty) question. perhaps this was not OPs intent... but I always shy away from direct translation anyway. Apr 16, 2015 at 16:25

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