Are you learning English and having trouble understanding fast English conversations? Native English speakers sometimes speak quite quickly, and this can make it difficult for the English learner.

In this video I take a look at the phrase, “How are you doing?” and all of its fast variations. Enjoy!

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Transcript:

Hi Bob the Canadian here. How are you doing? How are you doing?

You’ll hear this question quite regularly when native English speakers are greeting each other. It’s a little more personal than, “Hi” or “Hello”.

How are you doing?

It’s really a question that’s meant to inquire about how the person’s day is going, and how they feel about it. Or, how they’re feeling about themselves.

How are you doing?

Now with all regular conversation questions, there’s two faster versions of this.

The first fast version is to take “how” and “are” and contract them together. So you end up with, “How’re”.

***NOTE: Fast version spellings are not correct written English. This is just spelling it as it sounds so that those learning English can get an idea of the spoken version.

And then the “you” kind of turns into “ya”.

And “doing” we kind of drop the “g”.

So you end up with a sentence that sounds like this, “How’re ya doin?”

“How’re ya doin?”
“I’m doing great.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“I’m having a great day.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“Not so good.”

There’s another version where we drop the verb out entirely and we just take the word, “are” and we just don’t use it.

And you say, “How ya doin?”

“How ya doin?”
“I’m doing great”

“How ya doin?”
“I’m doing fine”

So you may hear a conversation that goes like this:

“How ya doin?”
“I’m doing pretty good, How’re you doin?”
“I’m doing pretty good too.”

Bob the Canadian here. That’s the question, “How are you doing?” Don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching.

“How’re ya doing?”
“I’m doing good.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“I’m doing fine.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“Not so good.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“I’m doing awesome.”

“How’re ya doin?”
“I’m having a great day.”

“How’re you doing?”
“I’m doing good, how’re you doing?”
“I’m doing fine, how’re you doing?”
“I’m doing great.”

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