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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here and I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about a phrase

  • or question that you hear quite often in everyday speech and that question is, "How is it going?"

  • Now we're a little unfair.

  • Uh, in everyday speech we don't speak that slowly.

  • Uh, we don't normally greet each other by pronouncing and enunciating each word correctly.

  • We don't walk up and say, "How is it going Dave?"

  • "It is going fine Bob."

  • Uh, but we normally start to compress things.

  • So the question, "How is it going?", the first compression down sounds a little more like this,

  • "How's it goin?".

  • So we take the "How is", and it becomes, "How's", and we take the "going" at the end

  • and it becomes, "goin".

  • We kind of drop the "g" off.

  • So we say, "How's it goin?".

  • How's it goin?

  • Then we get even faster.

  • So you'll hear people say things like, "Howzitgoin?"

  • Howzitgoin?

  • Howzitgoin?

  • Howzitgoin?

  • Uh, where they compress the entire phrase down into one word.

  • Howzitgoin?

  • Howzitgoin?

  • Typical responses to, "Howzitgoin?" would be:

  • It's going fine.

  • It is going fine.

  • It's going fine.

  • It's fine.

  • Or

  • It's going.

  • It's going.

  • Howzitgoin?

  • It's going.

  • How's it going with you?

  • It's going.

  • It's ok.

  • Um, so again, that's the question, "How is it going?"

  • So listen for that when you hear English speakers speaking a little more rapidly.

  • How's it going?

  • Thanks.

  • Bob the Canadian here.

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Hi Bob the Canadian here and I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about a phrase

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How to Learn English: "How is it going?" and How to Pronounce It

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    Samuel posted on 2018/06/09
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