As you begin to learn English, you will probably find that there’s more than one way to say hello. If you’ve been studying for a while, you may already know several of the most common ways of greeting someone. However, sometimes it’s hard to know which greeting to use on certain occasions. Don’t worry! Besides finding different ways to say hello to, let’s go over when it’s appropriate to use each form of greeting.
Formal Greetings: “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” “Good Evening”
One of the most important aspects you need to know when you learn English is when to use a proper, formal greeting. While talking to a person you just met, someone who is older than you, or someone you don’t know very well, it’s always better to use a formal greeting like the examples above. These greetings are commonly used in business situations as well.
Common Greetings: “Hi,” “Hello,” “Hi, There,” “How Are You?,” “How Is It Going?”
These types of greetings are the most commonly used. In fact, you probably know these ways to say hello already. They are simple and safe to use in most situations, and it often doesn’t matter how well you know the person you are greeting. As long as the situation is not a formal one, you should feel free to greet anyone with these words.
Informal Greetings: “Hey,” “Hey, Man,” “Long Time, No See,” “What’s up?,” “What’s Going On?”
When you learn English, you’ll discover that there’s nothing wrong with using these very informal forms of greeting as long as you use them in the right context and with the right people. Save this kind of greetings for your friends, family, and other people that you know very well.
Regional Greetings: “Howdy,” “Hi, Y’all”
Certain types of greetings are used mainly in the specific regions of the United States. The ones above are particular to the Texas area (“Howdy”) or the southern US in general (“Hi, Y’all”) y are commonly accepted by people from the south. If you are in that region, you can probably use these forms without any problem.
If you continue to practice and learn English, with time you’ll feel more confident about using each greeting.