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English Greetings

by | Mar 22, 2020 | English Listening, Everyday English | 0 comments

In this lesson we’ll look at the different words and expressions that you can use when meeting someone for the first time or someone you already know.

Expressions to use for greetings:

  • Nice to meet you.
  • Pleased to meet you.
  • How do you do? (very formal and not so common these days. It basically means: “Hello”)

These are very polite greetings and you should only use them if you have not met the person before. After that you can say, for example:

  • It’s nice to see you again.

Let’s listen to a short conversation!


  • Hi, my name is John! It’s nice to meet you.
  • Hi, I’m Susan. It’s nice to meet you too.
  • What do you do for a living, Susan?
  • I work at a multinational company as a supervisor. And what about you, John?
  • I work at a bank. I’m a manager. I promote and market the branch and its products and I also meet with customers and resolve any problems or complaints they might have.

What do you do for a living: It’s a common way to ask a person what his/her job is.

When you first meet a person you can also say:

  • Good morning! My name is …
  • Good afternoon! My name is …
  • Good evening! My name is …

Good morning/afternoon/evening can also be used when you know the person you are meeting.

To introduce others, you may use the following expressions:

  • Mrs Smith, may I introduce my partner, Mr Taylor …..
  • Mrs Smith, I’d like to introduce my partner, Mr Taylor …..
  • Jim, I’d like you to meet Susan …. Susan, this is Jim.

To respond to an introduction, you may say:

  • It’s nice to meet you, Mr Taylor.
  • It’s very nice to meet you Mr Taylor. / Pleased to meet you.
  • Hi Susan! How are you (doing)? (or vica versa)

When leaving, you may use the following expressions:

  • Goodbye. It’s a pleasure to have met you. (formal)
  • Goodbye. Nice to have met you. (formal)
  • Bye Jim/Susan. It was nice to meet you. / It was nice meeting you. (informal)

Greeting someone you already know

  • It’s nice to see you again.
  • It’s good to see you again.

Very informal greetings

Hi! It’s been a while. / Long time no see
You can use these expressions when you meet someone unexpectedly after a longer period.

How are you doing?
This expression is very common in the U.S. but used in other English speaking countries as well. It’s a casual way to ask how are you. The answer usually: “Good”

How’s it going?
It’s similar to “How are you doing?”

How have you been?
You can ask this question from someone you already know. And its meaning is similar to “How are you?”

What’s up?
This greeting is usually used by younger people. It basically means “What’s happening?”. The answer could be: nothing, not much. But you can say whatever just happened to you.

It means “Hi” and it’s mainly used in Britain.

Are you OK? / You alright?
It is again a common way to greet someone in Britain. The meaning is similar to “hello” or “how are you”. Possible replies could be: “fine”, “good” or “alright”


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