AEE 595: How to Break Out of the Most Boring Q & A in English

how to ask more interesting questions in English

Do you get stuck in boring question and answers in English?

Do you always say “how are you” and respond with “I’m fine”?

If so then you need to spice it up!

Today we’ll show you how.

 

 

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We’ve spoken about how we ask how are you all the time and people just say I’m fine.

It’s meant to be less of a question and more of a greeting in American English.

But if still want to ask the question and you don’t want to be generic, what else can you say?

 

Questions to ask:

  • What’s going on?
  • How’s everything?
  • How’s life treating you?
  • How’ve you been? (when you haven’t seen this person in a while)

 

How to respond:

1) Great

-I’m doin’ great, thanks! How ‘bout yourself?

-Great, thanks!Things are going really well on my end.

-I couldn’t be better!

-I’m excited that…..

 

2) Average/so-so

-I’m find, I’m fine (repeat)

-I’m doin’ alright

-I’m good, can’t complain

-nothing special

 

3) Not so great

-Things could be worse

-I’m ok

-I could be better

-I’m just ok

 

Keep these things in mind:

Answer truthfully, depending on your relationship

If you want to really open up about something people will ask!

 

Try some of these new phrases. Don’t bore people when you speak English.

Don’t stick with the old ones.

Let us know what happens when you use these phrases!

 

 

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