Hi. Today I'm going to tell you about some common questions in Australia that we use to start everyday conversations. The first question is, "How are you going?" You're not sure what I mean? Let me explain. This question is important in Australia. It's probably the most common question people will ask you. It doesn't mean, are you travelling by bus, train, car or foot? It means, "How are you," or "How are you feeling?" So how do you answer this question?
You give the same answers as you do if someone asks, "How are you?" For example, "I'm fine, thanks." "I'm well." "I'm okay." "I'm all right." "I'm tired," et cetera. With this question, a person is often asking how you were feeling at that moment, because your feelings can change throughout the day. We can begin that day feeling just okay, but end it feeling happy, or start that day happy, but end up feeling bad. So this question can be a way of checking how you feel right at this moment.
So, how are you going? Another similar question is, "How's it going?" It means today. We know that many things can happen in a day. Some events are good. Some are bad. To answer this question, you can answer, "It's going well." "Okay." "Badly." So again, this question can be a way of checking how you feel right at this moment.
My name's Kate and I'm a teacher and curriculum writer at RMIT English Worldwide.