How are you?

Look at the following conversation:

A: Hi, David! How are you?

B: I’m fine, thanks. And you?

A: I’m fine, too. Thank you.

When a person asks “How are you?” People usually say “I’m fine”, but sometimes that’s not true. Let’s learn how to be more specific about the way we feel.

The first thing you have to know is the way we ask and answer about the way people feel. Study the following questions and notice that we usually include “thanks” in the answer.

How are you? (to ask directly to the person you talk to)

I’m fine, thanks. And you?

I’m fine, too. Thank you.


How is he? (To ask about a man)

He is fine, thanks.


How is she? (To ask about a woman)

She is fine. Thank you.


Instead of “he” or “she” you can use a family member, or a name. Look at the examples:

How is your mother?
How is your cousin?
How is Susy?

You can also use this question in plural, for example when you ask about 2 people at the same time

How are they?
How are your parents?
How are your friends?

Now, when we answer those questions we need the following vocabulary











If you need help with pronunciation, you can visit the Cambridge Dictionary.

Writing exercise

How are you?

Look at the following examples.

Mira los siguientes ejemplos.

How is your father?

He is excited

How is your uncle?

He is fine

How are they?

They are scared

How are your parents?

They are tired

How is your mother?

She is worried

Now, answer the following questions. Write “I am”, “he is”, “she is”, “they are” + the correct adjective that describes each picture.

Ahora contesta las siguientes preguntas. Escribe “I am”, “he is”, “she is”, “they are” + el adjetivo correcto que describa cada imagen.

How are you?


I am sad

How is your sister?


She is angry

How is your aunt?


She is nervous

How are your siblings?


They are happy

How is he?


He is stressed

Complete all the gaps to get feedback.
Writing exercise

How is everybody?

Complete the following conversations asking how each person feels.

Completa las siguientes conversaciones preguntando cómo se siente cada persona.

A: Hi, Hector! How are you?

B: I’m worried! My sister has a problem

A: Really? What happens? How is she?

B: She is sad, but I don’t know what the problem is

A: Congratulations for your wedding. How are you?

B: I’m stressed! I have many things to do. Fortunately, my cousin is helping me.

A: Your cousin? He is always very nice. How is he?

B: He is tired because of the preparations.

A: But tell me about your parents. How are they?

B: They are excited about your wedding. We can’t wait to be there!

A: Excuse me… are you… are you Karla?

B: Pepe? Wow! It’s nice to see you! How are you?

A: I’m fine, and you? Well, you look great!

B: Thank you! Tell me about your wife! How is she?

A: She is fine. Well, she is stressed because she has too much work. But she is fine!

B: and John? How is he?

A: I don’t know! He is angry so I don’t know anything about him

B: Oh! That’s too bad… Well, it’s nice to see you, I hope we can meet again soon

A: Sure! See you later! It’s nice to see you, too.