Saying Hello and Introducing Yourself

Here is a list of essential phrases to say hello, introduce yourself, and introduce other people to each other.

(Our page English greetings has more phrases.)

Saying hello

Here's a typical conversation structure.

A: Say "Hi!", "Hello!" and follow with a phrase like "How are you?" or "How are things?"

B: Answer with a phrase like "Fine" and ask A a similar question.

A: Reply

Here's an example:

A: Hi Suzie. How are you?
B: Fine thanks. And you?
A. Yeah, fine thanks.

"Fine", "Fine thanks", "OK", "OK thanks" all mean the same.
"I'm very well, thanks" is more formal.
"Not bad thanks", "Can't complain" are less positive.

In formal situations, you can also say "Good morning", "Good afternoon" and "Good evening".

"Good morning" = for the morning up to lunch.
"Good afternoon" = for the afternoon until early evening (i.e. around 6pm)
"Good evening" = for the rest of the evening
"Good night" = when you leave a person at the end of the evening, or when you go to bed.

Introducing yourself

Here are some simple phrases you can use.

"I'm …" (your first name / first name + surname)
"My name is …" (your first name / first name + surname)

In formal situations, give your first name and surname. In informal situations give your first name.

The other person says:

"Pleased to meet you." or "Nice to meet you." or "Good to meet you."

Example conversations

A: Hi, I'm Clare.
B: Pleased to meet you! I'm Dave.

A: Good morning. I'm David Green.
B: Pleased to meet you. I'm John Harris.
A. Good to meet you.

Introducing other people

"This is… (name of your friend)."

Now give more information about the person.

"He's a friend of mine."
"He's a friend of my brother."
"He's a colleague."
"She's my cousin."

Example conversations

A: "John, this is Paul. He's a friend of mine."
B: "Hi Paul. Nice to meet you."
Paul: "Good to meet you John."

Deborah: "This is Sally. She's my cousin."
B: "Hi Sally. Pleased to meet you."
Sally: "Pleased to meet you too."

Saying Hello Quiz

Level: Elementary and above

1. You see a friend and say ''Hi! __ are you?''
2. You can also say, ''How are you __?''
3. Another way to ask this is, ''How are __?''
4. Another alternative is to ask, ''How's it __?''
5. If you want to ask your friend what they have done recently, you can ask:
6. You meet an acquaintance (someone you know a little, but not well). You know her son (James) is at university, so you ask her, ''How is James __ on?''
7. Someone asks you, ''How are you doing?'' and you can reply:
8. If someone asks you how you are, and things aren't very good, you can say: ''Can't __''
9. Someone asks you what you have been up to. You don't want to give a long answer, so you say:
10. Another way to not give lots of information and details if someone asks you what you have been up to is:

Practise your listening!

Listen to five conversations. You can also read the tapescript as you listen.

Conversation 1: Greeting a friend

Hey Clare!
Hi! How are you?
Great thanks. You?

Conversation 2: Replying to a friendly greeting

Hi! How are you?
I'm fine thanks. And you?
Yeah, I'm fine.

Conversation 3

Peter?
Hey! How's it going?
Yeah, great.

Conversation 4

Hi. How are you?
Mmm, not bad thanks. What about yourself?
Yeah, can't complain.

Conversation 5: Formal greeting

Good morning Clare. How are you?
I'm very well thank you, Mr Jones. How are you?
Yes, very well…"]

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