How are you (doing)?



Many English language learners are taught to ask and respond to the question, "How are you?" which is okay. However, in the United States, we tend to ask, "How are you doing?" One of my students pointed this out to me recently because as an English language learner, it confused him on his first trip to the States and he didn't know how to respond. You should know the two phrases mean the same thing, so your response will be the same.

I'm great, thanks. Not good. I'm fine. I'm doing well, thank you. I'm good. I'm okay. Alright.

In addition to "How are you doing?" there are other ways of asking about the well-being of others.

Are you okay? What's wrong? Is something wrong? How do you feel? Are you alright? How are you feeling? Is everything okay?

When talking about feelings, things can get a little confusing. It's hard enough describing feelings and emotions in your native language, but now you have to learn how to say it in English. When talking about your feelings you can start with, "I feel…" or you can simply say, "I am…" or "I'm…," which is more common. For example,

I'm tired. I'm not in a good mood. I'm upset. I'm confused. I'm scared.

Click below to download some worksheets in PDF that will help you describe your emotions and feelings.




Feelings & Emotions #1

Feelings & Emotions #2

Feelings & Emotions #3


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