Welcome to EnglishClass101.com’s “English 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 first review. If someone says:

How are you?” You can say:

“I’m fine.” 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? Hey, how’s it going?

You can answer this in many ways. If youre feeling good, you can say: “Good.”

Good. “Pretty good.”

Pretty good. “Not bad.”

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 goodNot so good

Not greatNot great.

or, “Not so well”.

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 of

How are you?” isWhat’s up?” To reply, use a cheerful voice as you say:

Not much!” Not Much

ORNothing much!

Nothing much!”This means youre free and able to chat.

SinceWhat’s upis just another way of sayingHello”, you can also reply

with: “Hey!” or

Hi!” 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 kinds of 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. Do you know the difference betweenWhat

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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