General conversation

Here are some common English phrases for general conversation with people you already know.

Asking how someone is

how are you?
how's it going? (quite informal)
how are you doing? (quite informal)
how's life? (quite informal)
how are things? (quite informal)
I'm fine, thanks
I'm OK, thanks
not too bad, thanks
alright, thanks
not so well
how about you?
and you?
and yourself?

Asking what someone is or has been doing

what are you up to?
what have you been up to?
working a lot
studying a lot
I've been very busy
same as usual
not much or not a lot
I've just come back from …

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