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Becky: Top 25 English Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 18 “What are you doing?” in English.
In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What are you doing?”
Eric: “What are you doing?”
Becky: The first word in the question is
Eric: “what”
Becky: It’s a question word used to ask for more information.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “what”
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: “what”
{Pause}
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”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: “what are..”
{pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: “you”
Becky: meaning “the person you're talking to.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “you”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “you”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Eric: “what are you..”
{pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: “doing”
Becky: meaning “performing an action.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “doing”
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: “doing”
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: “What are you doing?”
{pause}
Becky: You’ll hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What are you doing?”
Eric: "I'm thinking."
Becky: "I'm thinking.” You’ll hear it again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) "I'm thinking."
{pause}
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”
{Pause}
Becky: Next is
Eric: “thinking”
Becky: meaning “considering something.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) “thinking”
Becky:Now repeat.
Eric: “thinking”
{Pause}Becky: Listen to the speaker say “I'm thinking” and then repeat.
Eric: "I'm thinking."
{pause}Becky: For a different answer, replace “thinking” with “watching TV.”
Eric: “watching TV”
Becky: meaning “keeping eyes on a TV program.”
Eric: (slow) “watching TV”(regular) “watching TV”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “watching TV.”
Eric: “I’m watching TV.”
Becky: It’s almost the same, we just replace “thinking” with “watching TV.” Say “I'm watching TV.”
{pause}
Eric: “I’m watching TV.”
Becky: To use a different phrase, replace “watching TV” with “cooking.”
Eric: “cooking”
Becky: meaning “making food.”
Eric: (slow) “cooking” (regular) “cooking”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “cooking.”
Eric: “I’m cooking.”
Becky: It’s almost the same, just replace “watching TV” with “cooking.” Say “I'm cooking.”
{pause}
Eric: “I’m cooking.”
Becky: For more practice, replace “cooking” with “sleeping.”
Eric: “sleeping”
Becky:meaning “resting your mind and body by closing your eyes and becoming unconscious.”
Eric: (slow) “sleeping” (regular) “sleeping”
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “sleeping.”
Eric: “I’m sleeping.”
Becky: Here we just replace “cooking” with “sleeping.” Let’s practice. Say “I'm sleeping.”
{pause}
Eric: “I’m sleeping.”
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you’re visiting the United States and someone asks you what you're doing. You’re thinking. What would you tell them?
Eric: What are you doing? (five seconds) "I'm thinking."
Becky: Now imagine you’re watching tv. Respond to the question.
Eric: What are you doing? (five seconds) “I’m watching TV.”
Becky: Imagine you’re cooking. How would you answer?
Eric: What are you doing? (five seconds) “I’m cooking.”
Becky: Imagine you're sleeping. What would you say?
Eric: What are you doing? (five seconds) “I’m sleeping.”
Becky: You want to ask someone what they are doing. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: “What are you doing?”
{pause}
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 18.

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I answer on question . Some time i use google translator to correct some think. I spend time on learning this is what i think but how its true . This is learning ? Probably it is . How i Feel . I am happy from step . :)