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    Default How to say "How are you?"

    Hi there, I'm a new comer. How's everybody?

    I know the intonation of a statement or a question carries different meanings and implications. Can any one please give me a lecture on the proper intonation to say "How are you?" to a friend, to a respected person, to a stranger and to someone I dislike.

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    mochaichai

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    Default Re: How to say "How are you?"

    If you don't like them, then make the tone fall at the end instead of rising as would be normal for a question. If it's a friend, you can stress the word 'you' to show friendliness, and compress the first two words into 'howa'. If it's a stranger or someone important, articulate the words clearly and rise at the end.

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