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  • Hi everyone and welcome to part three of this Beginner English Phrases for Conversation series.

  • If you haven't seen the first two parts, check out the playlist up here or you can find the link in the description below.

  • All right, let's talk about today's phrase.

  • Today's phrase is 'How are you?'

  • 'How are you?'

  • This is the most basic phrase that you can use to start a conversation with anyone at any time.

  • When we use the phrase 'How are you?' we're not really interested in how that person is.

  • We're not really interested if they are sad, happy, excited or bored.

  • We just use this phrase to start a conversation.

  • Some different ways to say 'How are you?' are:

  • 'How's it going?''

  • 'How are you going?'

  • 'How are you doing?'

  • If someone asks you, 'How are you?' what can you say back to them?

  • Well, you've probably heard the answer 'I am fine, thank you, and you', but this is textbook English.

  • Most native English speakers never use this phrase.

  • There are hundreds of different ways you can answer the question 'How are you?' but some common answers are:

  • 'I'm good, thanks.'

  • 'I'm not bad, thanks.'

  • Or if it's a more formal situation, you can say 'I'm well, thanks.'

  • If you want to ask someone how they are back, just add one of these three phrases at the end of your sentence.

  • 'You?'

  • 'Yourself?'

  • 'How about you?'

  • 'You?'

  • 'Yourself?'

  • 'How about you?'

  • So, if you asked me 'How are you?' I could say 'I'm good, thanks. You?'

  • 'I'm good, thanks. Yourself?'

  • 'I'm good, thanks. How about you?'

  • Now let's talk about some common mistakes that students make with this phrase.

  • The most common mistake is when students answer the question 'How are you?' by saying 'I am fine, thank you, and you?'

  • This sentence is grammatically correct.

  • It makes sense.

  • But it is not natural.

  • Most native speakers never, ever use this phrase.

  • So if you want to sound like a native English speaker, when you answer 'How are you', we recommend that you don't say 'I am fine thank you and you.'

  • Another common mistake is students using the wrong tone when they are asking someone how they are back.

  • For example, many students say, 'I'm good thanks. You.'

  • Their tone goes down.

  • You need to say 'I'm good thanks. You?'

  • 'I'm good thanks. You?'

  • You need to use a rising intonation.

  • The pitch or the sound should go up.

  • 'I'm good thanks, you?'

Hi everyone and welcome to part three of this Beginner English Phrases for Conversation series.

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