How To Answer ‘HOW ARE YOU’ In English (BEST Answers, Meaning And Examples)

Lesson summary

Learn how to answer and reply to 'How are you' in English. Learn the meaning of 'How are you', and the most common and best responses.

Video transcript

You may have learned the answer ‘I am fine, thank you and you’ in textbooks and at school but this is not how native speakers answer ‘How are you’. They never say this. Yes. Never.

 

There is nothing wrong with using the word ‘fine’ to answer the question. You can use ‘fine’ in the answer. For example, ‘I’m fine, thanks. How are you?’

 

Do you see the difference? It’s all about how you use the word. I am fine, thank you and you. No. No good. I’m fine, thanks. How are you? Yes.

 

Hey guys. It’s Shane from English Understood here.

 

‘How are you?’ This is one of the most common greetings in English so it’s important that you know how to answer correctly.

 

Before I show you some common responses, I need to tell you a secret. When native speakers use the phrase ‘How are you’, They [normally] don’t really care how that person is. They are not interested and they don’t want to hear a 30 minute story about how that person is. Using this phrase is just a way to start a conversation.

 

There are thousands of different ways that you can answer the question but here are three common examples. I’m good, thanks. Yourself? I’m not bad, thanks. You? I’m very well, thank you. How are you? This is a more formal answer.

 

Native speakers use these phrases all the time so if you use these phrases, you will also sound like a native speaker. So how are you today? Comment down below.

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