English has tons of expressions which express exactly the same thing and we absolutely love using them. Which means that the trick to sounding like a native is to a use as many of these expressions as you can.
Let´s take the expression How are you? as an example.
Of course you could say “Hello, how are you?”But that´s boring! Why not try some of these others?
- How are you doing?
- How have you been?
- How’s everything?
- How’s it going?
- How are things going?
- What’s going on?
- What’s new?
- What’s up?
- What are you up to?
As an English teacher I love hearing students using these expressions, because it shows me that they really love the language. So play around with these and before you know it you´ll have developed your own style.
Although native speakers have a whole host of responses to how are you, I rarely here any of them from my students. What I do hear is “I´m fine thank you, and you?” Which I suppose, in a purely functional way, gets the job done, but come on! Where´s the passion?
Next time let´s try something more fun!
Here are a few suggestions, but listen out for others:
- Not too bad – English people love this one, nothing´s ever good enough!
- Really good thanks
- I´m great, thanks for asking.
- Pretty good.
- I´m hanging in there! – Use this if thing´s aren´t too great!
- I´ve been better – Things aren´t good at all.
- All´s good.
Well it´s time to wrap this blog up but you should know we´ve barely scratched the surface here. English is a great language full of loads of fun expressions , so listen and try things out; it´s the best way to learn.