Hi Bob the Canadian here and I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about a phrase or question that you hear quite often in everyday speech and that question is, “How is it going?””

Now we’re a little unfair. Uh, in everyday speech we don’t speak that slowly. Uh, we don’t normally greet each other by pronouncing and enunciating each word correctly. We don’t walk up and say, “How is it going Dave?” “It is going fine Bob.”

Uh, but we normally start to compress things. So the question, “How is it going?”, the first compression down sounds a little more like this, “How’s it goin?”.

**Note: “goin” is pronounced this way, but it is still spelled, “going”

So we take the “How is”, and it becomes, “How’s”, and we take the “going” at the end and it becomes, “goin”. We kind of drop the “g” off. So we say, “How’s it goin?”.

How’s it goin?

The we get even faster. So you’ll hear people say things like, “Howzitgoin?”

**Note: “Howzitgoin” is pronounced this way, but it is still spelled, “How is it going?”

Howzitgoin?
Howzitgoin?
Howzitgoin?

Uh, where they compress the entire phrase down into one word.

Howzitgoin?
Howzitgoin?

Typical responses to, “Howzitgoin?” would be:

It’s going fine.
It is going fine.
It’s going fine.
It’s fine.

Or

It’s going.
It’s going.

Howzitgoin?
It’s going.

How’s it going with you?
It’s going.
It’s ok.

Um, so again, that’s the question, “How is it going?”

So listen for that when you hear English speakers speaking a little more rapidly.

How’s it going?

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