English Greetings

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Of course everybody knows how to greet in English; everyone has heard about ”hello” and ”how are you?” multiple times! But now, let’s see some other ways of greeting people!

Informal English greetings and expressions

  1. Hey, Hi – you can use them instead of ‘hello’ and they are very popular among young people.
  2. How are you doing? How’s it going? vs. How are you? – the first two are more casual, the informal version for ‘how are you?’ while the last one is more polite and formal.
  3. What’s up? What’s new? What’s going on? – again we have here informal greetings and they are usually used to greet someone that we have already met before.
  4. How’s everything? How are things? How’s life? – they are basically other ways of asking people ‘how are they?’
  5. How’s your day? – you will use this greeting with someone that you see quite often.
  6. Good to see you! Nice to see you! – they are used with friends and family, especially if you haven’t seen them for a long time.
  7. Long time no see! It’s been a while! – we can use these when we meet with someone all of a sudden.

Formal English greetings and expressions

  1. Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. – they are the formal ways of saying ‘hello’ and they can change depending on the time of day.
  2. It’s nice to meet you! Pleased to meet you! – formal and polite greetings; very good when you meet someone for the first time!
  3. How do you do? – a very formal greeting, used especially by older people; it is not very common. The answer to this question can be ‘I’m doing well’, or ‘How do you do’, although it may sound strange.

I will attach two documents and some songs that you can use with the younger learners for more information about greetings in English!

  1. greetings-and-farewells
  2.  formal-vs-informal-chart

Songs

The songs are very good for young learners!

 

 

 

 

I hope you have found all these information useful! 

Goodbye! See you later! Take care! 🙂

And bye the way, ‘goodbye’ (an alteration of God be with you!) can be found written in many forms, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary. These forms are:

  • Goodbye or Good-bye – which are more common and frequently used
  • Goodby or Good-by – which are less common.
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