Welcome to EnglishClass101.coms English in Three Minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English. Hi, hows 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. Its really useful, and it only takes three minutes! In this lesson, youre going to learn new, more common ways to answer ask and answer the question: How are you? in English. Youve probably learned How are you? and Im fine in textbooks before, but in the United States, people will usually ask this question and answer it in a different way. First, lets first review. If someone says: How are you? You can say: Im fine. - (slow) Im fine. Here are some other ways to answer: Pretty good. - This means about the same thing as Im fine. (slow) Pretty good. We also have: Not bad. You can use this if you are feeling just okay, or so-so. (slow) Not bad. Lets 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, lets look at some different ways to ask how someone is. These ways are more casual, and much more common. First: Hey, hows it going? (slow version added) You can answer this in many ways. If youre feeling good, you can say: Good. (slow) Good. Pretty good. (slow) Pretty good. Not bad. (slow) Not bad. Once more: Good. Pretty good. Not bad. Heres a tip! Even though these answers mean the same thing as Im fine, you cant answer Hows it going? with Im fine. It will sound a bit strange. If youre *not* feeling good, you can say: Not so good (slow) Not so good Not great (slow) Not great. or, Not so well. (slow) Not so well. Be careful: If you say one of these, the other person will usually ask, Why, whats wrong? to be polite. Then, you will have to explain! Another casual, but very common version of How are you? is Whats up? To reply, use a cheerful voice as you say: Not much! (slow) Not Much OR Nothing much! (slow) Nothing much! This means youre free and able to chat. Since Whats up is just another way of saying Hello, you can also reply with: Hey! or Hi! Now its time for Alishas Advice! A lot of the time, when we ask questions that mean how are you? in English, were not *actually* asking about the other persons health - were only asking to be polite! You should think of these kinds of questions as another way of saying Hello - a way for the conversation to get started - instead of actual literal questions. In fact, when someone asks you whats up? you dont even have to answer! Just say Whats up? in reply. Now, do you know the difference between What do you do? and What are you doing? Its a little tricky, but well explain it simply in the next English Questions in 3 Minutes lesson! See you next time!