General conversation

Here are some common 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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Asking where someone is

where are you?
I'm ...
at home
at work
in town
in the countryside
at the shops
on a train
at Peter's

Asking about someone's plans

do you have any plans for the summer?
what are you doing for ...?
New Year