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Hi, watchers! Today we're going to learn to respond to the question “how are you?” So if anyone is asking you “how you're doing” or “how are you,” here are some answers you can give them. Let's start! First one is…
1. Je vais bien. "I'm fine."
"How are you?” in French is Comment vas-tu?
Comment vas-tu? Je vais bien.
So "How are you?” “Oh, I’m fine."
2. J'ai sommeil. "I'm sleepy."
So How are you today? I’m sleepy.
J'ai trop travaillé hier et maintenant j'ai sommeil. "I worked too hard yesterday and now I'm sleepy."
3. Je suis fatigué(e). "I'm tired."
Je n'ai pas beaucoup dormi hier soir et maintenant je suis fatiguée. "I didn't sleep well last night and now I'm tired."
4. Je pète la forme. "I'm great."
This is literally, means “I break the shape,” it’s when you are super great and super strong shape, and feeling amazing. Oh yeah!
Comment ça va? Ca va super!
"How are you doing?” “I’m great!” or “I’m doing awesome!"
5. Je me sens mal. "I'm feeling bad."
So for example, when you ate something bad and you say I ate something weird and now I'm feeling bad.
J'ai mangé quelque chose de mauvais et maintenant je me sens mal.
When you're feeling dizzy it also works.
6. Ca va pas mal. "I'm not bad."
It's when you are doing so-so. Like “how are you?” Ca va pas mal, it means I'm not doing well but i'm not doing too bad so… meh.
7. Et vous? / Et toi? "And you?"
So if you want to be more casual with someone you can ask Et toi? “And you?”
So comment ça va? Ca va bien, et toi?
"How are you doing? I'm fine, and you?"
8. Merci d'avoir demandé. "Thank you for asking."
So comment ça va? Ca va pas mal, merci d'avoir demandé.
"How are you doing?” “It's not bad, thank you for asking."
It's a polite way to end the conversation, maybe, instead of going “how you doing?”
“Fine, and you?” “Fine, and you?” “Fine, and you?”
9. Comment allez-vous ces derniers temps? "How have you been doing recently?"
This is also quite formal you can hear a lot of old people asking this way.
So comment allez-vous ces derniers temps? "How have you been doing recently?"
10. Je suis triste. "I'm feeling sad."
Mon chat vient de mourir et je me sens triste. "My cat just died and now I'm feeling sad."
And then you get a good pat at the back and you can ask for cake, that would be nice. I'd like to ask for cake when I'm said, chocolate ones. I like chocolate.
So that's it for this week, watchers. So tell me how are you feeling in the comments, and don't forget to check FrenchPod101 for more lessons, and we'll see you next time. Bye bye!


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Thursday at 6:30 pm
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Which phrase do you like the most?

Sunday at 12:35 am
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Bonjour Meg !

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Meg Plunkett
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I'm pretty new at Frenchpod101 but I must say--- and very pleased with the program--but I especially "adore' having Lya for the teacher.

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Hi Ed Fox,

Thanks for posting!

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Ed Fox
Sunday at 11:51 pm
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She’s the best one you have.

Thursday at 6:58 am
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Bonjour Kenzie et merci pour votre message !

Moi aussi j'ai sommeil 😭

J'ai hâte de dormir !

Have a nice day,

Marie Alice Faivre

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Wednesday at 3:00 am
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J'ai sommiel😪

Monday at 12:05 am
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Bonjour Martha,

C'est une très bonne question ! Tout est expliqué dans cette leçon: https://www.frenchpod101.com/lesson/all-about-5-top-5-most-common-phrases/

Bon week-end

Marie Alice

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Martha Lawrence
Thursday at 8:45 am
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Ca va super!

Question: sometimes I see ça va with the cédille and sometimes without. What is the rule?

Friday at 2:20 pm
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Je suis à la ramasse.