Stop Saying "I'm Fine" - Speak English Like a Native!
-Morning class! -Hello! Hello!
- I'm fine thank you, and you? - I'm fine thank you, and you?
Don't high-five him. Who taught you to say that?
Like all of our teachers. All of them. Ever.
First we don't always say "How are you?"
We say many different things. For example...
We might say "How's it going?" or
Australians will often say a mix of this
This one, in the UK, in the U.S. it's not common to say
and yes you can also say "Oh hi, how are things?"
These ones here, repeat with me and pay close attention to the intonation
Of course we miss the "Be" verb here "ARE you okay?" "ARE you alright?"
But it's very common just to say
This confuses Americans apparently
because in British English this one is very common it's very casual
It's just a "Hello" or a "How are you?"
but if you say this to an American they will be like this
"Am I alright? I'm fine do I look sad?"
So for Americans that sounds more serious. You're asking:
But for British people no this is just normal it's fine
But remember I said pay close attention to the intonation
sounds happy but all of these you would ask to this person
If that's their expression if it's a normal day, nothing bad happened
if your friend looks sad or if you know something bad happened
There is a different way you can ask these questions
The intonation with these changes Listen...
See it does this up/down thing "You alright?"
See the intonation goes up and down there "Are you okay?"
So it really depends on your intonation how you say them
"You okay?" "Are you alright?"
These ones may sound very casual, normal, maybe happy
So if your friend looks like this or maybe something bad happened,
Let's ask a different question
"What's up?" or "What's the matter?"
These two questions show concern for your friend
You're asking for details you're asking about the problem
And important to note, don't ask "What's your problem?"
Don't ask that question it doesn't sound friendly, it doesn't sound like you care
It sounds like "PFFF! What's your problem!?"
So if you want to ask "what's your problem?" Don't ask that
Ask: "What's the matter?" That is much better
Possible answers to: "How are you?" Don't say "I'm fine thank you, and you?"
So for British people it's very common if you're good to normal
to start your answer with "Yeah"
This is the more realistic answer we don't say "I'm fine thank you, and you"
other ways you can answer if you're happy or just normal
Or if you don't want an adjective: "Yeah, can't complain"
You'll notice that I haven't included any extreme adjectives
Because we're British, we don't do emotions
I'm joking but in British English we don't typically talk about how great we are
So if someone asks you how are you and in fact you're brilliant, you're amazing
You would still say one of these
but less commonly you might hear
You probably won't hear that but you might
"Oh everything is hunky dory!"
If you say everything's hunky-dory it means there are no problems everything is happy and lovely
It's really not common to hear that
Actually if someone says this they're probably joking or being sarcastic
Don't say this! Never say this! No! In my life no one has ever said this... I think
So it doesn't sound natural, don't say it
oh my god I'm so stupid I almost forgot probably the most important one
This might be the most common one
You can also say "I'm alright"
but remember again that is a bit more British
"Yeah I'm alright, you alright?"
So these ones again they're more if you feel happy, you feel good, you feel normal
But what if you feel not so great you feel a bit sad maybe well something happened
Remember I said if you're feeling like this you probably will start your answer with:
But if you feel like this probably you will start your answer with:
And remember we are British we don't have emotions
Even strong emotions, we suppress them because we're British
So if you feel bad you are not REALLY BAD
You're only A BIT bad For example
We're British, we like to repress our emotions
Now perhaps something bad happened perhaps you don't feel good at all
"Well I've been better" or "I've seen better days"
These ones they imply that perhaps something bad happened
Maybe someone died maybe you just broke up with your partner
Any combination of this This looks like a maths problem
but you can use any combination of this one for your answer
The short way "Hmm not that great" or "I'll be honest I'm not doing so well"
and again you can mix them I'm not doing so great I'm not doing that well
you can choose any mixture of these words
and that means you feel like this
So in the comments let me know: How are you doing? How is everything?
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