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English Greetings – Ask and Answer ‘How are you?’ – Video
If you’re more confident, or you know more about the person you’re talking to, you can go into more detail and ask them more specific questions. For example:
How was your trip to Madrid last weekend?
Did you watch the football last night?
Is your brother visiting you next week, or is it the week after?
Now, you should know how to greet people, how to ask and answer how are you in different ways, and how to continue the conversation.
Let’s see how you can put everything together.
5.Putting it All Together
G: Hey, how are things?
O: I’m good thanks, but a little tired today: busy at work. How about you?
G: I’m well, but I’ve got a lot at work too. How was your trip to Madrid last weekend?
O: Fantastic! It’s a really great city. What did you do last weekend?
G: Nothing much, just relaxed on the beach!
O: Very nice!
O: Hi, what’s new?
G: Not much, you?
O: Yeah, alright.
G: You look a bit tired.
O: Yeah, I didn’t sleep well last night.
G: Oh no, why not?
O: My neighbours had a big party and it was really loud.
G: I hate it when people do that.
O: Yeah, me too. Anyway, how’s your day going?
Now, it’s your turn to practice!
Imagine somebody asks how are you? Can you write down five possible things you could say? Pause the video and write down your answers now.
Ready? Let’s look. Of course, there are more than five possible answers. These are just suggestions:
I’m pretty good.
A little bit tired.
And what about different ways to ask how are you? What can you say? Pause the video and write down five different ways to ask this question.
OK? Again, these are just suggestions. There are many possibilities!
How’s it going?
How’re you doing?
And what do you do next? Do you stop talking? No; keep going! Ask a question or make a statement to continue the conversation. Learn how to continue speaking with this Oxford Online English lesson on making small talk.