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What is the difference between segirðu and ertu að?

Segirðu and ertu að both mean "are you," correct?
DANIEL Sæl Ewa. (Hello Ewa)
EWA Sæll. Hvað segirðu gott? (Hello. How are you?)
DANIEL Bara allt gott. (All right.)
Hvað ertu að gera í dag? (What are you doing today?)
EWA Ég er að vinna í dag. (I am going to work today)
En þú? (And you?)
DANIEL Ég er að læra íslensku. (I am studying Icelandic)

I am confused because segirðu and ertu að are both used as "are you."
I thought it mean that one is long term and the other is short term but they are both short term in this example.

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**I thought it meant that one is long term and the other is short term but they are both short term in this example.

For learning: Icelandic
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Although I am still learning, I think I might be able to help you.

    I think there is a translation problem there. "Hvað segirðu?" is used as an expression to ask "how are you?", but the litteral translation is "what do you say?" (the infinitive is "segja" [sagði, sagt], to say).

    While, as you said, the continous form "ertu að" comes from the verb "vera" [er; var, voru, verið], which is plain "to be".

    Hope this helped, good luck! =)

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