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    What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Whatever is "up".

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Same as you would reply if someone said, "What's going on?"
    You can say "Nothing much, what about with you?" and pass the ball back to the first speaker.

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    If someone said "What's up?" to me, I would say "Nothing, I'm fine" or something similar.

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Not a teacher.

    It is the colloquial way if being asked How do you do? So an answer such as: I am fine. What's up with you? is perfecty adequate.

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Quote Originally Posted by V.Predoev View Post
    Not a teacher.

    It is the colloquial way if being asked How do you do? So an answer such as: I am fine. What's up with you? is perfecty adequate.
    To me, it's a colloquial way to say "What's wrong?".

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Not a teacher

    Bhaisahab I have never had such underlying contex when saying this nor have sensed someone meaning this. Does it have such connotation at all?

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Quote Originally Posted by V.Predoev View Post
    Not a teacher

    Bhaisahab I have never had such underlying contex when saying this nor have sensed someone meaning this. Does it have such connotation at all?
    I am British, I am 64 years old. I teach English. I think I know how to speak the language.

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Quote Originally Posted by V.Predoev View Post
    Not a teacher

    Bhaisahab I have never had such underlying contex when saying this nor have sensed someone meaning this. Does it have such connotation at all?
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I am British, I am 64 years old. I teach English. I think I know how to speak the language.
    I think there's a culture clash here. To me and bhai and anyone over about 35 'What's up?' really means 'What's going on?' - that is, it's used after a course of events that are not immediately comprehensible, or if somebody's mood seems bad: 'You're not normally like this. What's up?'

    To younger people (my 30-yr-old son is the oldest I know) it's an all-purpose informal greeting. This is presumably the only sort of 'Whassup?' that V.Predoev has met. Students should be aware that this second meaning is very informal - though give it another 20 years or so and I wouldn't be surprised if it had entered the mainstream. (However, my capacity for feeling surprise at the age of 83 may be in some doubt. ).

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    Re: What should I say when someone ask me Whats Up.

    Not a teacher

    Dear elders, especially bhaisahab, I was just curious about its meaning. To me it has always meant "wassup" or "how are you". Just a very informal greeting as was mentioned. If someone looks upset or worried in my mind will never pop up the phrase "What's up?". Instead I will ask What is going on? Or Is there something wrong? Maybe it is really a culture clash.

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