17 Useful English Greetings for English Learners:
1. Hey, Hey man, or Hi
We use “hey” and “hi” to greet someone rather say “hello”. Both are popular among younger people.
- “Hi” is suitable to use in any natural situation
- “Hey” is for individual who have already met.
If we say “hey” to a stranger, it might be confusing for that person because he or she will try to remember when you met before! You can also add up “man” to the end of “hey”
2. How’s it going? or How are you doing?
“How are you?” are friendly ways of asking If we’re trying to be particularly polite, stick with “How are you?” and use these expressions to greet everyone.
The phrase “Going” is usually shortened, so it sounds more like “Go-in”. so we can answer with “It’s going well” or “I’m doing well” depending on the situation.
3. What’s up?, What’s new?, or What’s going on?
The informal ways of asking “how are you?” which are typically used to casually greet any person you have met before. Most individuals answer with “nothing” or “not much”. Or, if it feels right to make little talk, you could also describe anything new or interesting that’s going on in your life, before asking “what about you?” to continue the conversation.
4. How’s everything ?, How are things?, or How’s life?
common ways of asking “How are you?” normally we can be used to greet anyone, but most often we used to greet someone we already know. here we can answer “good” or “not bad”. Again, if small talk feels appropriate, we can also briefly share any interesting news about your life, and then ask the person “what about you?” or another greeting question.
5. How’s your day? or How’s your day going?
The questions mean “how are you?” not just right now, but how you’ve been all day. we should use these greetings later in the day and with individuals , we see regularly.
For example, I ask a co-worker one of these questions in the afternoon or a cashier that I see at the grocery store every evening. “It’s going well” is the correct response, but many individuals simply use it “fine”, “good” or “alright”. here we notice that “good”, “fine” or “not bad” are perfect answers to almost any greeting question.
6. Good to see you or Nice to see you
We use these casual greetings with friends, co-workers, family members that we haven’t seen in a while. It’s common for close ones to hug when they greet each other so we might use this greeting along with a hug or handshake depending on your relationship with the person.
7. Long time no see or It’s been a while
we use these casual greetings when we haven’t seen someone for some time , if we meet that person unexpectedly. How much is a long time? It depends on how often you normally see that individuals .
For example, we could use these greetings if we normally see the individuals every week, after a few months or more. Normally, these phrases are followed by a question like “how are you”, “how have you been?” or “what’s new?”
Business Greetings and Formal Greetings
It’s good to begin by using formal greetings in most business situations, and then listen to how your co-workers or business partners greet you. It’s good to wait until someone speaks casually with you before you speak casually with them.
8. Good morning, Good afternoon, or Good evening
we usually saying “hello”, which changes depending on the time of day.
“Good night” is only used to say “goodbye”, so if we meet someone late in the day, remember to greet them with “good evening”, rather than “good night”.
Good morning can be made more common by simply saying “morning”. we can also use “afternoon” or “evening” as informal greetings, but these are less commonly used.
9. It’s nice to meet you or Pleased to meet you
These greetings are formal and polite. normally we use when you meet him or her for the first time. Must use these greetings the first time when you meet someone. Next time we see the person again you remember him or her then by saying “it’s nice to see you again”.
10. How have you been?
we use this greeting only asked by people who have already met. If someone asks you “how have you been?” he know ‘s you have been well since the last time the two of you met.
11. How do you do?
This greeting is the VERY formal, and quite uncommon greeting, but it may still be used by some older people. The proper response is “I’m doing well” or, as strange as it seems, some individuals even ask “how do you do?” right back as an answer.
Slang English Greetings
It’s an extraordinarily familiar greeting, and should only be used with people that you know very well, and feel very comfortable with them.
We normally use slang in speaking rather than writing.
Slang normally refers to specific words and meanings but can include huge expressions and idioms.
It extremely informal greeting is common used in America. It comes from 1990’s hip-hop slang. This greeting should only be used with very close friends, and never during a business .
13. Are you OK?, You alright?, or Alright mate?
This normal way of asking both “hello” and “how are you” is common in Britain. we can respond “yeah, fine”, or simply “alright”.
Means “how do you do?” that is common in certain parts of Canada and the U.S. Keep in mind that if you say “howdy” outside of these regions, you will sound like a cowboy, and it might make the other person laugh.
15. Sup? or Whazzup?
These are abbreviations of “what’s up?” which are common among teenagers. Like with “what’s up?” here individuals says “nothing” or “not much”.
16. G’day mate!
It is the common greetings Australian abbreviation of “good day”. Keep in mind that Australian greetings often use “ya” instead of “you”. So “how are ya?” is the same as “how are you?”, and “how are ya going?” is same as “how’s it going?” or “how are you doing?”
It is the short form of “how are you?”, is commonly used in certain parts of England. However, you don’t need to actually answer this question – you can just say “hey!” right back.
I hope you enjoy these English greetings. You’ll find that greeting people in different ways will help your English sound more natural, and it might even make English greetings more fun and interesting for you.
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