Greetings for beginners

Ever wondered how to greet people? or how to say goodbye? you'll find all kinds of phrases for that here.

Greetings in English

What Are Greetings?

Greetings are words or actions used to say hello and show respect to someone when you meet or talk to them.

Formal Greetings

When we don’t know people or when we are at work, we use formal greetings. For example:

  • Hello.
  • Pleased to meet you.
  • It's a pleasure to meet you.

Informal Greetings

When we talk to our friends or people we already know, we don’t use formal greetings. Instead, we use informal greetings. For example:

  • Hi
  • What's up?
Saying Hello Level of Formality
Hi Informal
Hello Formal
Nice to meet you. Neutral
How’s it going? Informal
How are you? Neutral
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night Neutral

Tip!

We use good morning from 5 AM to 12 PM.
We say good evening from 12 PM to 6 PM.
We say good night after 9 PM or when we want to sleep.

Saying Goodbye

When we are leaving people, we say goodbye to them. There are different ways to do this.

Saying Goodbye Level of formality
Bye Informal
Goodbye Formal
Talk to you later. Informal
See you soon. Informal
So long! formal

Introducing Yourself

When you meet new people, you introduce yourself to them. Here are some phrases you can use to introduce yourself:

  • My name is .../I'm...
  • Nice to meet you; I'm ...
  • Let me introduce myself; I'm ...

Introducing Others

There are different ways to introduce someone to other people. Here are some phrases you can use to introduce others:

  • This is….
  • Everyone meet…
  • This is my friend….

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