‘How are you’ and its variants such as ‘how are you doing’ (variants too are covered in the post) are so commonplace. You hear them multiple times daily.
How to respond to them?
You would want to make a good impression on your friends when you introduce yourself on the first day in school or college. Wouldn’t you?
In this post, I’ll cover what to include in your introduction, few do’s and don’ts, and two sample introductions in the end.
If you want to jump straight to downloading the conversation topics, you may scroll down to the end of the page. However, I would suggest you still read the first part of the post, which delves into how you can get the most out of your conversation practice.
Here are the best practices:
In this post, I’ve presented names of different family relationships (in English) in an easy-to-understand way. My approach has been to start with a key member of a family (father, mother, brother, sister, etc.) and mention all relationships that converge into her/ him.
(This post comes from my experience of adding
5,000+ 7,500+ words to my vocabulary that I can actually use when speaking and writing. What’s the point if you can’t put it to use, right? In this post, you’ll see decent dose of scientific principles and vocabulary exercises I adopted to accomplish this.)
Don’t you get impressed when a news anchor or other proficient speaker uses just the perfect word, and not a long-winded explanation, to describe a situation without a pause?
Those apt words are a result of a large active vocabulary.
We’ll learn more on what active vocabulary is later in the post, but in short it means vocabulary you can actually use when speaking and writing, the holy grail of any vocabulary-building exercise. If you introspect, you’ll realize that although you can understand lots of words when reading or listening (called passive vocabulary), you can use only a minuscule fraction of that in speaking and writing (called active vocabulary).
This post focuses on, first, building active vocabulary and, second, making this process efficient by