Lesson 2. How to say “hello” & “goodbye”? Learning English
When we first meet someone whether it is a person we know or someone we are meeting for the first time, we will normally use a simple sentence as a way of greeting them.
GREETING A greeting is a friendly way of opening a conversation, or as a way of letting the other person know, that we have seen them.
Saying “hello”! Hi!Hello!Hi there!Hello there!Hey, how are you doing?Howdy friend. (USA)What’s up?How’s it going?Wow, it’s good to see you!
We sometimes use a double greeting… Hi there, hey how are you doing?Hello, how have you been?It’s good to see you, how’s life been treating you?
If you are meeting someone for the first time you can say … Good to meet you!It’s nice to meet you!I’m pleased to meet you!It is a pleasure to meet you!These sentences are often used after the other person has been introduced to you.
If you are meeting someone you have not seen or heard for a long time then you can show real surprise and shock Oh my God! It’s you!Aahh, where have you been?My goodness, long time no speak!Wow, it’s so good to see you again!Is it really you? When did we last meet?Wow, as I live and breathe, it’s my best friend from school!?
If you are in a hurry there may only be a short time in which to make you greeting. - Hi, sorry I can’t stop!- Oh hi there, look I’m a bit pushed for time…here is my phone number… give me a call sometime!Hello there! Look I’m on my way to work… maybe catch up with you again soon.Hey, I would love to stop and chat… but I really have to dash.This type of greeting is common these days because we all in such a big hurry to get some place… fast!
We sometimes use the word “hello” as a way of showing surprise or as way of expressing a sudden interest in smth. Hello, what’s going on here?Hello, I didn’t know he had a girlfriend!Hello, what’s going on over there?Hello, smth. is wrong here… he took my money!In UK, people will often greet in each other by talking about the weather.
In UK, people will often greet in each other by talking about the weather. Hello, isn’t a lovely day?Hello, what about this terrible weather?Hello, did you hear the storm last night?
In many countries people will ask about the family. Hello, how’s the family?Hello, how’s your wife doing?Hello how are the kids?
The word “hello” can also be used informally as a way of expressing sarcasm or annoyance. Hello, did you understand what I said?Hello, was that too difficult for you to read?Hello, did you see me waving at you?Hello, do you not recognize me? Hello, what time do you call this? You are late!
Saying “Goodbye”! Bye!Bye for now!Bye – bye!See ya!So long!Ciao!Later!Cheerio!See you! See you around!Farwell!Ta – ra!See you againg!Ta – ta for now!Catch you later!Goodbye!
Ta – ta! This expressions is mostly used in certain parts of the UK.It is a friendly fun way to say goodbye!