Saying Hello in English - All the ways to say hello in English when you meet somebody

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In this extra learning lesson, we will learn in detail about the words and phrases you use when you want to greet someone.


Wendy : When you meet your friend, or someone you know, you should greet them. Greeting them means saying something pleasant to them, or asking how they are. It’s the proper start to a conversation when meeting people after some time.

Chuck : That’s right. But you must know how to greet people properly, and you must know all the different ways to greet them. The greetings can be divided into various groups.

Wendy : The greetings according to the time of day.

When you meet someone in the morning you say ‘Good morning’. When you meet someone after 12PM, you say ‘Good afternoon’. When you meet someone in the evening, you say ‘Good evening’.

These three greetings can be used in formal and non-formal situations both. You can use them when you talk to your friends, your relatives, or with people you don’t know much.

Chuck : There are some greetings that you can use at any time of the day. Hello. Hi. Hey! Yo! These are some greetings you can use at any time. ‘Hello’ and ‘Hi’ can be used in formal situations too, but you should use ‘Hey!’ and ‘Yo!’ only with close friends and people in equal status or younger than you. Don’t use them with teachers!

Chuck : One more thing I want to tell you is never to use ‘Good night’ when you meet people. It’s not a greeting, but a farewell phrase that we use when we separate from someone at night. When you meet people at night, just say ‘Good evening’.

Wendy : Good advice. After saying ‘Good morning’, or ‘Hi’, you can also ask the person how he/she is. The phrases are: How are you today? What’s up? How are you? How are you doing? How’s it going? Where have you been? What’s new? How’ve you been? Howdy?

Chuck : That’s right. It’s not necessary to use these phrases, but if you use them it shows you are interested in the person. It’s polite. Of these phrases, ‘Howdy’ is non-formal and should be used with people you are close to only.

Wendy : I hope this extra learning lesson was helpful and now you are better at greeting people. Don’t forget to watch the original lesson at the link given in the description. See you soon!


Time-based Greetings

Good morning
Good afternoon.
Good evening.

Greetings for Any Time



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