One of the students I am tutoring in English asked me if there are other possible replies to the greeting at the beginning of the lesson besides '(I'm) fine, thanks'. I suggested 'Better than ever', but he prefers something more neutral, like 'As usual' or 'I am normal'. I explained it to him that these replies would sound odd, but he is eager to use some other clishes besides 'I'm fine/I'm good'.
So what other replies to 'How are you?' can I suggest for him to use as response at the beginning of our lessons? Is 'As usual' natural?
Could you give me a couple of positive, neutral and negative responses to 'How are you?' suitable for teacher-student communication?
Last edited by englishhobby; 19-May-2016 at 10:38.
If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)
In the US:
- Just great!
- Fine. [Often followed by: And you?]
- I'm well. [Often followed by: And you?]
- Good. [Often followed by: And you?]
- Not good. [Then explain.]
- Not so good. [Then explain.]
- I've been better. [Then explain.]
NOTE: Even though the neutral answers sounds positive, they're really just expected responses that are not taken literally.
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.