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  • Hi, everybody! Welcome back to Top Words!

  • My name is Alisha, and today we're going

  • to be talking about 10 different phrases

  • that you can use to respond to the

  • question "how are you?"

  • So let's go! I'm great. The first phrase

  • is "I'm great". if someone says "how are you?"

  • you can say "I'm great!" Try to say I'm

  • great with a kind of an upbeat voice, so

  • something like "how are you?" "I'm great."

  • Ii'm feeling bad.

  • If you say "I'm feeling bad", the other person is

  • probably, if they're friend of yours, or

  • co-worker, going to ask you "why? What

  • happened?"

  • So if you want to use "I'm feeling bad"

  • make sure you have an explanation ready.

  • Anyway, somebody says "how are you?" and you

  • go, I'm feeling bad,

  • maybe, I went out for drinks last night

  • with my coworkers.

  • Oops! I'm okay. I'm okay. I feel like this

  • is one of those intonation practice ones.

  • Ii'm okay, with that I'm okay, like, sort of

  • upward intonation, you're like cool, but

  • if someone says "how are you" "I'm okay..."

  • They'll be like "oh, no! What happened?"

  • So you can use your intonation with I'm

  • okay to make it a good thing, or a not so

  • good thing, but either way it's not like

  • a very super serious response.

  • Thank you for asking.

  • And yeah, I imagine this would be in a

  • more formal situation, if my friend

  • said to me "how are you?" and I was like

  • "thank you for asking," they'd be like "what?"

  • I would say "I'm fine" or "I'm doing well".

  • I'm doing great.

  • Plus "thank you for asking", so "how are you?"

  • "I'm doing very well, thank you."

  • That's how I would use it.

  • And you?

  • The next one is "and you?" like, the least

  • natural response to "how are you" is "I'm

  • fine, thank you, and you?" like, just get out

  • of, just take it out of your head.

  • Nobody says that, I always say "how about

  • you?" that's a much more natural thing.

  • "How are you?"

  • can be a response again after you have given

  • your answer to the question. "How are you?"

  • "I'm great. How are you?" "How are you? I'm

  • good, how are you?" "I'm great, how are you?"

  • "I'm okay, how are you?"

  • How have you been recently?

  • This is only useful if you haven't seen

  • the other person for a while.

  • I'm not bad.

  • "How are you? I'm not bad."

  • I'm not bad, things could be

  • worse. I would probably do this, "I'm not bad".

  • I'm sleepy.

  • The next expression is "I'm sleepy".

  • It's, like, so specific, someone said

  • "How are you?" I would probably say "I'm

  • okay, but i'm a little sleepy."

  • I don't know that I would just say "I'm

  • sleepy" unless it's a really good friend of mine.

  • It's a person close to you, you can say

  • "I'm so tired," I'm, I would say, "I'm super

  • tired" or "I'm really tired", and I feel

  • like that's a little bit more natural

  • than just "I'm sleepy".

  • I'm good. One that I use a lot, if someone

  • says "how are you?" I say "I'm good." That's

  • just probably my go-to response, yeah. I'm

  • good, I'm good, maybe I'll repeat it while

  • smiling.

  • I'm good, I'm good, yeah, thanks for asking.

  • That is the end!

  • Those are 10 phrases that you can use to

  • respond to the question "how are you?"

  • If there's one takeaway from this, and

  • from other things that we've done over

  • the last few years in this channel, just

  • get rid of that "I'm fine, thank you, and

  • you?" and pick one of these that we've

  • talked about today.

  • Of course, if there's another expression

  • that you use for a response to "how are you?"

  • I'd be very interested to learn about

  • that, but in general you're pretty safe

  • if you stick with these.

  • So thanks very much for watching this

  • episode of Top Words and we will see you

  • again soon. Bye!

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Top 10 English Responses to "How are you?" - English Vocabulary

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