How to Answer the Question “How Have You Been?” in Fluent English

How have you been? This is a common question from native English speakers. It is very similar to “how are you?”, but a little bit different. There are two things to remember about “how have you been”. First, only ask this question if you have met someone previously. Second, only ask them if you have not seen one another for some time (like a week or longer). Most importantly, this is not a question to ask someone you have just met, nor is it a question to ask someone you just saw yesterday. Hence,“ how have you been?” is about the chunk of time that has passed since you saw that person. Now that you understand who and when to ask, how will you answer when someone asks you? Watch the video below to see Gabby explain in detail how to answer the question “how have you been?” in fluent English.

Short answers to answer the question “how have you been?” in fluent English

Good!

Great!

Not bad!

Never been better!

Could be better.

A little crazy actually!

Hectic!

Busy, busy.

As usual.

Longer answers to answer the question “how have you been?” in fluent English

“I have been _(INSERT VERB)_”

Examples:

“I have been busy working”

“I have been travelling quite a bit”

“I have been studying a little too hard”

“I have been practicing cooking quite a bit”

“I have been skiing a lot, it has been great!”

TIP: To sound more native use “I’ve been”

“I’ve been busy workin’ a lot, too much maybe, how about you?”

“I’ve been speaking a lot of English, which is great, how about you?”

“I’ve been real busy starting up my own business, but it has been fun too, what have you been up to?”

Watch now as Gabby explains this further in the video how to answer the question “how have you been?” in fluent English.

 

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