I wanted to ask that to a friend that is also studying Japanese about how he is doing, and thought maybe asking "日本語の勉強はどうですか。" but I have no idea if it is correct. How do I say "how is (something) going?"

  • In a Japanese question, you ALWAYS need to tell the teller and receiver. It'll be different depending on hierarchy.
    – None
    Jun 13, 2020 at 9:33
  • What do you mean by telling the teller and receiver? Jun 13, 2020 at 16:52
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    Who say that? toward who? It'll be different if it's a student to another student or different hierarchy. I say that because your sentence seems too polite/unnatural for student-student conversation.
    – None
    Jun 13, 2020 at 22:54

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You're right. You can also say 日本語の勉強、どう? assuming that you're close enough to be casual to each other.

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    I would love to see a comment or two from native speakers. Would anyone really say that? Sounds to me pretty awkward - in terms of flow - to omit は and end abruptly at どう at the same time.
    – macraf
    Jun 12, 2020 at 6:21
  • Yeah, I'd like to know too. I might be saying it wrong all along. I do hear 最近、どう? from a friend but I'm not quite sure.
    – rebuuilt
    Jun 12, 2020 at 8:41
  • 最近、どう?is just asking for news, not necessary studies. "How have you been recently?"
    – None
    Jun 13, 2020 at 9:29
  • Yes that's right. What I wanted to point out is that structurally, in terms of dropping particles, they look similar.
    – rebuuilt
    Jun 13, 2020 at 10:31

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