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“How are you?” in English.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How are you?”
Eric: How are you?
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: how
Becky: meaning “in what way, the way in which” in English.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) how
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: how
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Eric: are
Becky: meaning “to exist.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) are
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: are
Becky: Listen to the the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: how are
Becky: Next is
Eric: you
Becky: This means the person you're talking to.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) you
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: you
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: How are you?
Becky: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How are you?”
Eric: I'm fine.
Becky: "I'm fine.” Listen to it one more time, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) I'm fine.
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: I’m
Becky: the contraction of “I am.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) I’m
Becky: Now repeat
Eric: I’m
Becky: And after that is
Eric: fine
Becky: meaning “very good.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) fine
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: fine
Becky: Listen to the speaker say “I'm fine” and then repeat.
Eric: I’m fine.
Becky: To use a different phrase, replace “fine” with “so-so.”
Eric: so-so
Becky: “so-so” which means “okay”
Eric: (slow) so-so (regular) so-so
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “so-so.”
Eric: I'm so-so.
Becky: It mostly stays the same; simply replace “fine” with “so-so.” Say “I'm so-so.”
Eric: I'm so-so.
Becky: To express a different feeling, replace “so-so” with “pretty good.”
Eric: pretty good
Becky: “pretty good.” It means “quite good.”
Eric: (slow) pretty good (regular) pretty good
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pretty good.”
Eric: I'm pretty good.
Becky: Again, it’s almost the same, we just replace “so-so” with “pretty good.” Let’s practice. Say “I'm pretty good.”
Eric: I'm pretty good.
Becky: For more practice, replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.”
Eric: wonderful
Becky: “wonderful” means “excellent.”
Eric: (slow) wonderful (regular) wonderful
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “wonderful.”
Eric: I’m wonderful.
Becky: It’s almost the same, we just replace “pretty good” with “wonderful.” Now say, “I'm wonderful.”
Eric: I’m wonderful.
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you how you are. You’re fine. How would you answer?
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I’m fine.
Becky: Now imagine you’re so-so. Respond to the question.
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I'm so-so.
Becky: Imagine you’re good. Answer the speaker's question.
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I'm pretty good.
Becky: Imagine you're wonderful. What do you say?
Eric: How are you? (five seconds) I’m wonderful.
Becky: You want to ask someone how they’re doing. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: How are you?
Becky: Now it's time to answer the question with how you’re actually feeling.
Eric: How are you?
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 16.

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I'm pretty good

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When you say “ how you are?” Or how are you”? Meaning the same ?