I understand that "dou" means how, and for example おちゃはどうですか means that I'm asking how is the tea? But, in Busuu app it says that I can use the same question to offer something, as if I'm asking "how about a tea?" I'm not really sure about this last thing so I hope you guys can help me.

  • 明鏡国語辞典 dictionary: 相手に勧める語。いかが。「─、一緒に行かないか」「もう一つ─ですか」. I hope this helps. Feb 14, 2021 at 18:44
  • 2
    @LonelyDriver Your comment is correct, however I'm not sure the OP will understand if they're a beginner when it comes to Japanese.
    – A.Ellett
    Feb 15, 2021 at 1:26

1 Answer 1


Yes, ~はどうですか can be used in several ways.

  1. "How is ~?"

    How is he doing recently?

    How is Japan? / How do you like Japan? / How is your stay in Japan?

  2. "How/What about ~?" (suggestion, offering)

    How about some tea?

    How about (going to) Japan? / What about Japan?

  3. "How/What about ~?" (asking the same thing for another topic)

    I'm fine. How about you?

    It's very cold here. How about Japan?

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .