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back to English with Lucy.

Hey, how are you?
Yeah, I'm good thanks.
How are you?
Yeah, great, how are you?
Good, how are you?
How are you drives me insane.
It's so boring, it's so overused,
it's just this automatic filler phrase
that we use to acknowledge
people nonchalantly.

It needs to go.
It sounds so insincere, how are you?
I'm not actually expecting an answer.
That's something I said in my
50 Weird and Confusing Facts About Britain
and British Culture video.
How are you is a question
that we don't really expect an answer to.
So, in this video I'm gonna
give you loads of alternatives

to how are you.
I've broken them down into three sections.
I'm gonna give you casual
how are you alternatives

for friends and family, formal
ones for work situations

and emails, and then also some fun ones
which you can choose if you use or not.
So this video is going to be perfect
for improving your vocabulary,
but if you want to improve your listening
and your pronunciation even further,
I highly recommend the study method
of combining reading actual books
with listening to audio books on Audible.
Let me explain this method.
Take a book that you have
already read in English

or a book that you would
like to read in English

I've got loads of
recommendations for good books

for different levels of English
in the description box down below.
And read this chosen book while listening
to the audio version.
It's got to be at the same time.
Reading alone will not help
you with your listening

or your pronunciations skills
and that's because English
in not a phonetic language.

If you hear and listen
to a word as you read it,

your brain will make a connection
and the next time you see that word,
you will know how it's pronounced
and the next time you hear that word,
you know will know how it's spelled.
By reading and listening
tat the same time,

you're essentially training your brain
in loads of different disciplines.
It's such an effective method
and the best part is that you
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Give it a try, it really, really works.
Right, let's get started with the lesson.
So, let's start with casual
alternatives to how are you.

How are you, oh, I hate it so much.
Number on is, how are you doing?
How are you doing?
And you would reply to this by saying,
I'm going well, thanks.
You might hear some people respond with,
I'm doing good, but that's
actually grammatically incorrect.

When responding to a how
are you style question,

you do well or you are good.
If I say I'm doing good, it could mean
I am doing charity work or
doing something positive.

Number two, how have you been?
How have you been?
This is a very warm and friendly one.
I really like it.
Yeah, I've been great, thanks.
Or, I've not been so good, actually.
Three, this one's slightly more American,
what's going on?
Hey, what's going on?
A very common answer to
this is nothing much,

no much at all.
Number four, what's new, or
even, what's new with you?

This is more asking for updates
or if anyone's been doing
anything interesting

in their life since you last saw them.
You could say this to someone
that you've seen recently

and you just want a short update.
Number five, I wonder if
you've heard this one before,

it's what's up?
Hey, what's up?
Traditionally very American,
but now used much more in Britain.
Number six is a very British
one, it's what are you up to?

Now this comes from to be up to mischief.
which means you're doing
something mischievous.

It's a very friendly
and endearing question.

What are you up to?
It implies mischief,
but in a friendly way.

So if I say what have you been up to,
or what are you up to?
I'm kind of saying,
what mischievous things

have you been doing?
What trouble have you been making?
It's very friendly.
It's also something I say to my dog
if he looks suspicious.
What have you been up to?
What mischief have you been causing?
That's a really, really good one.
If you're gonna take one
thing away from this lesson,

make it that.
Number seven, how are things going?
This is very general.
Things, I mean, it couldn't
be more general than that.

It's a great one to use if
you can't quite remember

what someone's been doing for work
or in their personal life,
so how are things going?

It's a very non-specific.
Number eight, how are you feeling?
How are you feeling?
Yeah, I'm feeling great.
Or, I'm not feeling so good.
This implies that you know
something about their health.

Maybe they were ill a short time ago.
Maybe they're overcoming an illness.
Adds a layer of familiarity
because you're implying

that you know something wasn't
good before and so you're

wondering how they're feeling now.
It could also be used if you
know the person is nervous.

Maybe it's before a big
meeting or a speech.

How are you feeling?
Are you feeling all right?
10, I would say this is slightly
more American than British.

How's it going?
Hey, how's it going?
We do use it a bit now.
You would say, yeah, it's going great.
Yeah, everything's good.
Number 11, very similar,
how is everything?

Very general.
Maybe implies that you
know that everything

hasn't been so great or
there's been a problem

in their life.
The most general of all,
number 12, is how's things?

How's things?
I remember boys at school texting
me asking me how's things?

I just remember thinking
that's such a cop out

because now I have to
create a conversation.

I'd just reply like, yes, things are good.
How are your things?
Number 13, a very casual
one, this is great if you

haven't seen someone
in a while, how's life?

How's life treating you?
You can say either/or.
Number 14, this is very warm and friendly,
how's your day been, or
how's your day going?

Now, in American, this is
used more in customer service

positions, they always want
you to have a great day.

I just remember going to
America being surprised

at how many people wanted
me to have a great day.

After everything it was, have a great day,
you have a great day.
It was like, okay, I will
try and have a great day,

thank you.
No one's ever told me to a
great day so many times before.

But in British culture, we
mean it more when we say it

because we say it with less frequency.
And number 15, I must say I'm
not a huge fan of this one.

This is all right, or are you all right?
This again is another one
we don't really expect

an answer from, it's
just hey, how are you?

Yeah, I'm fine, you all right?
It's very casual.
Right, let's move on to formal
ways to say how are you.

A very formal way is, how do you do?
Hello, how do you do?
And you would normally say this
when you're greeting someone

or meeting someone that
you don't know so well.

How do you do, how do you do?
Normally said while shaking a hand
and we don't necessarily expect a response
in the UK from this one.
We would normally just
repeat, how do you do.

The next one is, are you well?
And posh British people just
love to use the word well.

Are you well?
I'm well, I hope you're well.
Is he well?
Are they well?
Are we well?
Honestly, they use it so much.
When I go to the occasion of posh event,
I have a lot of internal
laughter by the amount to times

that well is said.
Are you well?
Is your family well?
These are all fairly formal
ways of asking, how are you?

Number three, now this one
is almost too posh for me.

It's, how do you fare?
How are you faring?
I must say I haven't heard
this said in a long time,

but if you want to seem
uber, uber posh, be my guest,

as long as you're well.
The next few are more business-related.
They're things that your
boss might say to you.

Number four is, how are
things coming along?

And this implies that there
is some sort of progress

to be made.
Maybe you're working on a
project or you've got a big job

going on.
How are you getting on?
How are things coming along?
How much progress is being made?
Number five, very similar, how
everything coming together?

Implies that maybe there
were implies that maybe

there were problems at the
beginning but now everything

is coming together nicely.
As a good response you could say,
oh, things are coming
together nicely, thank you.

In Britain especially, we
do like to talk about health

a fare amount, especially
to the older generation.

You maybe had a public
struggle with health.

There are a couple of things you can say
that are more formally, obviously,
because you're talking to an elder.
Number six is how's your health?
If you know that they've
got a health issue

that they're happy to talk about,
then how's your health is
the perfectly reasonable way

of saying how are you.
Two other ways are hello,
I hope you're well,

or I trust you're well.
They're not necessarily questions,
it's more statements about health.
Right, let's move onto funny phrases.
Now these are if you want
to show a bit of character.

A lot of them of quite American.
I wouldn't necessarily advise using these
in a formal situation
or in an English exam

or around people you don't know.
Try them out with
friends and family first.

Number one is howdy.
This is very American.
It's basically a shortened down version
of how do you do.
How do you do, howdy.
We also have how's it hanging.
Hey, how's it hanging?
Again, very American, but it's
kind of come over to the UK

because we watch American
films and TV shows here.

Number there, a very old-fashioned one
that's sort of coming back
because of old-fashioned TV shows

and films is, how's tricks?
How's tricks?
I think it's like from
'20s or '30s America.

And the last one, a personal favourite,
hey, what's sizzling?
What's sizzling?
It's another way of saying what's kicking.
Hey, what's kicking?
Right, that's it for today's lesson.
I hope you enjoyed it.
I hope you learned something.
I hope I have equipped you
with loads of alternatives

to hey, how are you, that
phrase we all hate so much.

Don't forget to share
your other alternatives,

one's that you think I've missed,
one's that you like saying.
Don't forget to check out Audible.
Claim your free audiobook
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and audiobooks down there.
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I've got my Facebook,
I've got my Instagram

and I've got my Twitter
and I should see you soon

for another lesson.
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