A Guide to Greetings and Introductions

Greetings and Introductions

Greetings and introductions is one of the most important topics when you are learning a language.

We use greeting and introduction in our first-time interaction with people.

To understand this topic, we must learn how to greet people in English since there are many expressions we can use.

It is important that we don’t forget that some greetings apply only to formal situations and other greeting s are more suited to informal situation such when you meet a friend at school or university.

Learning how to introduce ourselves and how to show interest by asking personal information questions is also a goal to reach since most conversation tend to go beyond a simple greeting and introduction.

Greetings and Introductions Vocabulary

There are different ways to greet people in English, we usually categorize greeting into formal and informal situations.

For example:

Formal

  • How are you ?
  • I am fine thanks

Informal

  • How are you guys doing?
  • We are doing great

Formal and Informal Greetings

Let’s remember that there are informal and formal greetings and that some of them can be used in both contexts or situations.

These are some of the most common phrases to greet people.

Good Morning Both
Morning JoshInformal
Morning , GuysInformal
Good AfternoonBoth
Good NightBoth
Good EveningBoth
HiBoth
HelloBoth
How are you ?Formal
How are you doing?Informal
Howdy?Informal
How is it going?Informal
Hey MatthewInformal
Hey, What’s up Informal
Hey, BuddyInformal
Hey, Guys Informal
Hey, What’s going on?Informal
What’s new?Informal

Useful expressions to respond to Greetings

These are some of the common ways to respond to some of the greetings above

Good to see youGood to see you too
I am fineVery well thanks
GreatNot bad
I am doing greatPretty good
FineNot Good
NothingNot much 
Good

Useful expressions for introductions

These are some useful expression when the moment to introduce ourselves come

  • What’s your name? My name is [Your name here]
  • This is [name of a friend]
  • I am [ [name of a friend]
  • I am happy to meet you
  • Nice to see you again
  • Excuse me
  • Thanks/Thank you
  • Please
  • Nice/good to meet you
  • Nice meeting you too
  • I am from [place, school ]

Leave-Takings

These are some of the most common leave-taking that we use in English

  1. Bye
  2. Good-Bye
  3. See you
  4. See You later
  5. See you tomorrow
  6. See you in a few (In a few means in a few minutes or hours)
  7. See you around
  8. Later
  9. Take care

Greetings and Introduction Dialogues

You can practice greeting and introduction using these dialogue. You can alter parts of it to suit them to your particular situations

Dialogue #1

Mike: Good Morning
Linda: How are you mike?
Mike:  I am fine Linda
Linda: We are in the same class
Mike:  That’s right, Can I have your telephone number?
Linda: Sure, It is 86021456

Dialogue #2

Mike:  Hello, My name is Mike
Linda: How are you Mike? I am Linda
Mike:  I am fine, how about you?
Linda: I am fine too but I am a little lost.
Mike:  What’s your first class?
Linda: I have spanish classes
Mike:  Nice, We are classmates
Linda: That’s great

Greetings and Introductions Exercises and Worksheets

These are some greetings and introduction exercises that might help you

  1. Greetings and Introductions Exercises 101
  2. Greetings and Introductions Worksheet 101
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