Are you wondering how good your English is? You may be asking yourself “How fluent is my English?” or “How can I test my English?” You may know many of the basic rules of English grammar and have a great vocabulary, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are fluent. Fluency is about being able to communicate in English easily, accurately and quickly.
Here is a general English test we developed to measure your fluency. We can’t really measure your speed, but this online fluency test is designed to assess your comfort with words in context and common sayings that native English speakers use.
If you can get at least 20 of these 25 questions right, you are probably on par with our Level 4 Lingoloop students. Let’s see how you do – test your English level!
Did your English fluency score match up with your expectations?
Did you do better or worse than you thought on our online English fluency test? In either case, here are 5 golden tips for improving your English fluency. When you are done reading, if you want one of our expert teachers to assess your speaking level and help you identify your mistakes, try Lingoloop.
There are so many acronyms and slang people use to communicate on the Internet. Initially these were abbreviations for longer phrases, but people nearly treat them like they are actual words! Take our Lingoloop Internet slang quiz below and test how well you speak Internet:)
I hope you enjoyed our quiz. If you want to brush up on your slang and learn to speak like a native speaker, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Practicing real English conversations with our expert tutors over video chat will improve your skills and boost your confidence quickly!
When someone says “thank you” in English, what do you say back? Most of you know the most common thing to respond with is “you are welcome” or “you’re welcome.” However, native English speakers have many different ways to respond to “thank you.” Let’s look at some different ways to say “you’re welcome” and what they mean.
How do you respond to “thank you?”
You are welcome
This is the classic polite response to “thank you.” When you say “you are welcome,” you are saying (to the person you just helped) that they are welcome to your help anytime. You can’t go wrong with saying “you’re welcome,” but you won’t win any awards for originality:)
You are very welcome
If you want to add a little extra to “you are welcome” then “you are very welcome” will do the trick. Oftentimes you will use this phrase when someone says “thank you very much.”
You are more than welcome / you are most welcome
When you say “you are more than welcome” you are basically saying “you are welcome” multiplied by 100. You are being extremely gracious and kind.
When you respond with “of course,” you are saying that the help that you gave was to be expected.
My pleasure / the pleasure is mine
People say “my pleasure” when they want you to know that it made them feel good to help you… almost like it was not work. You hear this often from someone providing you service in retail, or in restaurants.
Don’t mention it
This is an old-fashioned, casual way of saying “you’re welcome.” It’s like you are saying “thank you” was unnecessary.
No problem / no worries
“No problem” is an even more casual way to express “you are welcome.” You are telling someone that it was not a problem to help them. Saying “no worries” is a modern way of expressing “no problem.”
This may seem weird to say. When you say “no sweat” you are saying (in slang) that it was very easy to help someone – so easy that you did not even sweat.
No…. thank you!
If you want to really make someone feel special, you can say “No… thank you.” You are basically saying “I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
It was nothing
This is another way to express that helping someone was easy. It was so easy, that it was like doing nothing.
When you say “any time!” in response to “thank you” you are saying “I can help you any time.” Wow, what a nice person you are!
This is also a very positive thing to say in response to “thank you.” When you say “sure thing” it’s like you are expressing that you can always be counted on for help.
English can be tricky because there are so many idiomatic expressions. Now that you know a few different ways to say “you are welcome,” it will be easy to respond to “thank you!”
Are you struggling in other areas of speaking English? If you want to learn more about idioms and how native English speakers express themselves, sign up for a Lingoloop free trial class. Join an online English class with our expert tutors!
For English language learners, the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer, like the question “How are you?” Sometimes “How are you?” is just a greeting, but sometimes people actually want to know more about you. How can you tell which is which, and how do you respond?
Well, it depends on two things:
How well do you know the person?
How many times has the person asked you how you’re doing? In other words, what round of the conversation are you in?
ROUND 1 – “How are you?” as a greeting
There are many ways to say “How are you?”
How are you?
How’s it going?
How do you do?
At the beginning of a conversation, these questions aren’t really questions at all. Instead, they are just greetings, or ways to make “hello” last a little longer. In fact, when initially greeting someone, after saying hello it would be rude to not also ask how they are doing. However, it might also be awkward for you to actually tell someone a long story about how you’re doing when you are asked. After all, they were really just saying hello!
Especially when speaking to coworkers, strangers and acquaintances, if someone asks one of these “How are you?” questions, you should respond with a quick answer and echo the question back.
Question: How are you?
How to respond: Good! And you?
Question: How’s it going?
How to respond: Not bad. How about yourself?
Question: What’s up?
How to respond: Not much! What’s up with you?
How to respond: ‘Sup, man.
Question: You good?
How to respond: Yeah I’m good. You?
Question: How do you do?
How to respond: Well, and you?
This last one – “How do you do?” is very formal. The rest are informal, with ‘Sup (short for “What’s up?”) being the most informal.
It may be appropriate to share more about yourself when a good friend or family member asks “How are you?” the first time. However, even when greeting close relationships people often don’t respond with more significant shares until “How are you?” has been asked at least twice.
ROUND 2 – A little more information
We are now in the second round! At this point, the person you are greeting has asked you at least one “How you are doing?” question and you have responded correctly by echoing the question. Nice job!
Now, if they follow up with another “How are you?” question, that means that this time they want to actually hear how you’re doing. It’s now that you should talk about yourself (and, if you have a family, your family). But, only share a little bit and keep it positive. A second “How are you?” question is an invitation to share more but not to share anything negative that might make other people feel uncomfortable. Save that for the third round!
Round 2A – General Questions
Some “How are you?” questions ask about your general well-being.
How are things?
How are you doing?
These questions are all pretty general and so you should respond with general information.
Question: How are things?
How to respond: Things are good! We’re all healthy and doing pretty well. What about you guys?
Question: How’s everything?
How to respond: Everything’s ok. We’re getting by and loving where we live. You?
Question: How are you doing?
How to respond: I’m doing well, all things considered. How about yourself?
Round 2B – Questions About the Recent Past
Each of these questions (below) specifically references the events of recent time.
What’s been going on?
How was your day / weekend?
What have you been up to?
When someone asks about a specific period of time, respond with things that you’ve been doing, not your general well-being. Keep in mind that if you haven’t seen someone in a long time, “recent” can be considered more than the very recent past; it could instead be considered “since we’ve last seen each other.”
Question: What’s been going on?
How to respond: Not much, ya know? Still working at the same job. You?
Question: What’s new?
How to respond: We had another baby, so that’s pretty new!
Question: How was your day / weekend?
How to respond: My weekend was good… Let’s see, what did we do? Oh yeah, we did some gardening and worked on the house a bit. We should have you over soon!
Question: What have you been up to?
How to respond: Nothing much. I’ve been practicing my English a lot with Lingoloop. Now I feel good speaking English!
Round 2C – Questions About Negative Events
When times are tough, people will ask you to share about how you are dealing with it.
How are you holding up?
Are you doing ok?
How are you feeling?
When someone asks you a question like this, they may sense something is wrong. It may be something happening to everyone, or maybe its something affecting you. The important thing to realize is that they are showing they care about you.
To “hold up” means to survive a difficult time, so “How are you holding up?” is an invitation to talk about that difficult time.
Question: How are you holding up?
How to respond: We’re ok. It’s been hard, but we’ve had a lot of help. Thanks so much for asking.
The questions “Are you doing ok?” and “How are you feeling?” sound pretty similar to “How are you doing?” but they have a different tone. “How are you doing?” is very general. “Are you doing ok?” is similar to what someone would ask if they saw you hurt yourself and wanted to know if you needed help. It implies that something is wrong. It’s the same thing with “How are you feeling?” They could have asked “How are you doing?” which literally just asks for adverbs that can describe your actions, but instead they asked about your feelings or emotions. That’s more personal, and so it’s an invitation to disclose more personal things. Neither of these are as direct as “How are you holding up?” so you don’t have to explicitly address the negative thing that has happened to you if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Question: Are you doing ok?
How to respond: Yeah I’m ok. My husband is still out of work but we’ll get through it thanks to friends like you.
Question: How are you feeling?
How to respond: I’m feeling ok, thanks for asking.
One exception to this: if you were recently ill and the other person knows this, they will ask “How are you feeling?” In this case they are asking for an update on your illness. You can respond, “I’m feeling much better, thank you!”
ROUND 3 – Share Anything
If you go through two rounds of “How are you?” questions and the person follows up with a third one, all bets are off! You’ve now entered a full-blown conversation. This person really cares about how you’re doing and wants to hear more! You’ll get through Round 1 by echoing the question and through Round 2 by adding a little more information. In Round 3 they may just repeat a different question from Round 2 or they may add the word “else” to one of the questions from Round 2B, such as:
What else has been going on?
What else is new?
What else have you been up to?
To this you can respond with anything you like! They clearly want you to talk about yourself.
For example, a full conversation might go like this:
Person 1: Hey, how’s it going?
Person 2: It’s going well, you?
Person 1: Good, good. What’s been going on?
Person 2: Not much, we’ve been staying inside a lot, reading books and playing games, stuff like that. You?
Person 1: Yeah a lot of the same. My wife is working from home now which is interesting. What else is new?
Person 2: Well, my kids have been just crazy. Yesterday my youngest took a pair of scissors and…
And there you have it! Different ways to say “How are you?” in English and the right way to respond. So, how are you doing? Specifically, how is your English? Do you feel good speaking English? If you need help building your confidence speaking English, try Lingoloop. Sign up for a free trial class today!
Two hundred years later, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s words ring as sweet and true as ever. Valentine’s Day is a special day where we take a moment to smell the roses and appreciate the loved ones in our lives.
With a mysterious history connected to both the Pagan fertility holiday Lupercalia and the Christian justice fighter St. Valentine, Valentine’s Day is about more than just the romance of flowers, chocolates and gifts. It’s about sharing love of all sorts. How will you share the love this Valentine’s Day? Here are Lingoloop’s 10 ways to show you care… in English!
You are the apple of my eye.
This is a way to show that you love someone most. It is common for parents to say this to children.
You’re sweet as sugar.
The kindness of family can be described as “sweet.” And there’s nothing sweeter than sugar!
I’ve got a crush on you.
If you don’t know someone well, but you think they are attractive and would like to get to know them better, you might have a “crush.”
I’ve fallen for you.
If you’re in a new relationship and discover that you have romantic feelings for someone, you might use this phrase.
We were meant to be.
If you love someone so much that you feel like fate or a higher power brought you together, this is a good phrase to use.
My love for you knows no bounds.
When you love someone so much that you feel like nothing could ever change it, try this phrase.
I’m crazy about you.
Beyonce knows all about being Crazy in Love. If you find yourself thinking about someone constantly, you might feel a little crazy. This phrase expresses that in a sweet way.
You complete me.
You know that feeling… that feeling when someone makes you feel whole.
I love you to the moon and back!
That’s a whole lot of love! This phrase is a way to show that you love someone as much as the distance to the moon…and back.
I’m entirely enamored.
There’s a bit of whimsy and mystique to this fancy way to say that you have deep, loving feelings for someone.
Would you like to share the gift of confidence? Or are you interested in falling in love with your own English speaking skills? Connect to a Lingoloop tutor online and practice real conversations that will help you build the skills you need to share your love in the English language.