Je suis bien ou ça va bien?
Salut! I was just wondering if it was possible to say 'Je suis bien' the same way you would say 'ça va bien'? I don't come from France so I don't know how native people of France would say it. Merci beaucoup everyone.
With strangers I just usually say "M'sieur", "M'dame" or "M'sieur'dame", especially when just wanting to acknowledge someone in a queue and similar.
I'm only likely to say "ça va" when I've met some one. And I say "ça va bien" when someone says "ça va" to me.... mainly because I've noticed, the french tend to stick to using the same verb when answering a question (unlike the English). And if I say ""ça va" to someone, it's common for me to hear "ça va là" in reply. This I think is a familiar response when people are getting used to you being around. I think the French can be a bit lyrical in the way they speak "ça va - ça va là" would be a good example.
If I see them later in the day, they might say: "ça va encore bien". People (any people) have fun with their language, and greetings are a common place to do that.
I also hear, but less frequently,"ça marche", "ça marche bien". Of course they are talking about something I'm doing... carrying a bag maybe, and they will gesticulate, but it's still a greeting.
It might help to know that in my head in this context, I translate "ça" as "this one" (meaning me)... And sometimes I say "ça va toujours bien". So literally "this one is always going well"
I'm still a beginner (200 crowns on Duo) but I think I would say, practice the pronunciation, so that you have the sounds right, and then play with the words. Have fun saying hello.
Next time someone I know says "ça va" I might try to say something like "ça va bien. Mais, les autres?" ...
I would say either is fine. But "Ça va bien" is the better choice in a conversation.