In english if I want to ask for someone's opinion of a movie or event I would ask

What did you think of [insert topic]?

or I would ask

How did you find the [insert topic]?

In German I was taught

Wie hältst du von [etwas]?

I think I came across where people use finden; but I am not sure how to use it. Can someone share some common colloquial examples of how one can ask for opinions over any topic?

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    Z.B.: [etwas] Wie denkst Du darüber?, Was ist Deine Meinung zu [etwas]?, etc. Your question is quite broad. You should probably add more context, specific examples respectively. – πάντα ῥεῖ Jul 16 '19 at 16:34
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    " I think I came across where people use finden but not sure how to use it." Wie findest Du [etwas]? Simple like that. – πάντα ῥεῖ Jul 16 '19 at 16:43
  • Ich verstehe absolut nicht, wieso die Frage mit "too broad" markiert und abgewertet wurde. – Björn Friedrich Jul 17 '19 at 10:45

Wie hältst du von [etwas]?

is wrong, but

Was hältst du von [etwas]?

is fine when asking for an opinion.

Wie findest du [etwas]?

is fine, too. It depends on the context, which is more appropriate, for example, I would prefer

Wie findest du das Essen?

Was hältst du von dem neuen Kollegen?

Certainly, more expressions are possible.

  • Especially with finden, if it not an ongoing thing, you would normally use the past form: Wie fandest Du den Film? (how did you like the movie?) - Wie findest Du den Film? is something you might ask the person you are watching it with on TV during the commercial break (or whisper it while watching it at the cinema). – Volker Landgraf Jul 18 '19 at 8:53

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