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  • Welcome to EnglishClass101.comEnglish in Three Minutes”.

  • The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English. Hi, how’s it going? I'm Alisha. Nice to meet you!

  • In this series, were going to learn some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English.

  • It’s really useful,

  • and it only takes three minutes! In this lesson, youre going to learn new,

  • more common ways to ask and answer the question: “How are you?” in English.

  • Youve probably learnedHow are you?” and “I’m finein textbooks before,

  • but in the United States, people will usually ask this question and answer it in a different way.

  • First, let’s review. If someone says:

  • How are you?” You can say:

  • “I’m fine.”

  • Here are some other ways to answer: “Pretty good.”

  • This means about the same thing as “I’m fine”. Pretty good.

  • We also have: “Not bad.”

  • You can use this if you are feeling just okay, or so-so. Not bad.

  • Let’s look at our question again: How are you?

  • This is the most well-known way of asking how someone is.

  • You could use it when you want to be polite. But now,

  • let’s look at some different ways to ask how someone is. These ways are more casual, and much more common.

  • First: Hey, how’s it going?

  • You can answer this in many ways. If youre feeling good, you can say: “Good.” “Pretty good.” “Not bad.”

  • Once more:“Good.” “Pretty good.” “Not bad.

  • Here’s a tip! Even though these answers

  • mean the same thing as “I’m fine”, you can’t answerHow’s it going?” with “I’m fine.”

  • It will sound a bit strange. If youre ''not'' feeling good, you can say:

  • Not so good” “Not greator, “Not so well”.

  • Be careful: If you say one of these, the other person will usually ask,

  • Why, what’s wrong?” to be polite.

  • Then, you will have to explain! Another casual, but very common version ofHow are you?” isWhat’s up?”

  • To reply, use a cheerful voice as you say:

  • Not much!” orNothing much!''

  • This means youre free and able to chat.

  • SinceWhat’s upis just another way of sayingHello”,

  • you can also reply with: “Hey!” orHi!”

  • Now it’s time for Alisha’s Advice!

  • A lot of the time, when we ask questions that meanhow are you?” in English,

  • were not ''actually'' asking about the other person’s health - were only asking to be polite!

  • You should think of these questions as another way of sayingHello

  • a way for the conversation to get started - instead of actual literal questions.

  • In fact, when someone asks youwhat’s up?” you don’t even have to answer!

  • Just sayWhat’s up?” in reply. Now, do you know the difference between

  • What do you do?” andWhat are you doing?” It’s a little tricky,

  • but well explain it simply in the next English in 3 Minutes lesson! See you next time!

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A2 US answer fine pretty good reply polite alisha

Learn English - Greetings in English, how to Answer the Question "How are you?"

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