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Ways to say 'How are you?'

Added by Tomasz H. 28 May 2015 in category: English, General tips, Learning tips, Lexicon

- How are you?
- I'm fine, thank you.

That's how usually you ask people in UK before starting a conversation. The replay is also almost automatically: 'I'm fine, thank you'. When we say these two expressions we don't really have to think about what we are going to say.

But what if we ask the same question in a different way? And how about if we answer in a different way?


All these questions below mean 'how are you?':

1. What's going on?

2. How's it going

3. What's up?

4. What have you ...

The Language of Business Meetings

Added by Tomasz H. 26 May 2015 in category: General tips, Lexicon

to cancel meeting = to decide that a planned meeting will not happen (the date is not changed)

e.g. Our boss has decided to cancel the meeting as he is no longer interested in the project.

to postpone a meeting = to hold a meeting at a later time/date than was originally planned

e.g. Let's postpone the meeting until the financial report has been finished.


to reschedule a meeting = to change the time of a meeting for a reason (before or after planned time)

e.g. There's no meeting today. It's been rescheduled to Monday at ...

Idioms Using Nationalities

Added by Tomasz H. 20 May 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Indian Summer

a period of calm, warm weather that sometimes happens in the early autumn

We had a few days of Indian summer before the winter came.

Dutch Courage

the confidence that some people get from drinking alcohol before they do something that needs courage

I will need a bit of Dutch courage before my speech at the party.

Go Dutch

to agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal

How about going for dinner at that new restaurant tonight? We'll go Dutch?

Mexican Standoff

a situation in which people on opposite sides threaten each other but ...

Agreeing in English

Added by Tomasz H. 6 May 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Agreeing in English

Let's read a book. 

The match was much easier than we thought.

We should leave at midnight.
I agree with you.

I think Cristiano Ronaldo is the best football player.
I totally agree.

We should go to that new Chinese resturant.
I'm with you.

We should have invited him.
I feel the same.

We should all take warm jackets.
I think so too.

We really must have plan for the game. 
I couldn't agree more.

She looks like my brother.
You're absolutely right.

Agreeing with positive statements

I was born in ...

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