Greetings Spoken English

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  • 1. GREETING There are many ways to greet someone. We’ll learn about the most common way to greet someone with the help of example sentences. Greetings establish contact and show a level of friendliness and formality.  Look When you talk with them, make eye contact, particularly during the greeting.  Smile Make the eyes friendly. Smile and mean it. False smiles do not reach the eyes, so whatever you do, don't pretend.  Introduce yourself If you don't already know them, a simple neutral introduction is to say your name  Shake hands Generally, a firm handshake is best, but not a bone crusher. Try to match the other person's pressure.  Greeting someone you never met: Hi, my name is Ganesh. It’s nice to meet you. You can respond to this by saying, It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Suresh. Another common question to ask is  What do you do for a living? You can respond to this by saying, I work at a college. I work at a call centre. I work in a software company. I’m a chemist.  Usually, you will not need to ask for a name. It is implied that each person should say their name. But in case they don’t, you can ask, What is your name?  If you are not able to get the name and if you would like for them to repeat their name, you can say, What was that again? Excuse me? Pardon me?  Greeting someone you know Hey Senthil, how have you been? Hi Suresh, how are you? Suresh, it’s been a long time, how are you man?
  • 2.  If you meet someone unexpectedly, you can say, Hey Suresh, it’s good to see you. What are you doing here? Or What a surprise. I haven’t seen you in a long time. How have you been? Here are some other example responses. I’m pretty busy at work these days, but otherwise, everything is great. I’m doing very well. I finally have some free time. I just finished taking a big project, and I’m so relieved that I’m done with it. For Example: Your responses when you meet someone at a restaurant. I’ve been here a couple of times, but I don’t come on a regular basis. I come pretty often. This is my favorite restaurant. I can’t believe we haven’t seen each other before. I come here at least twice a week. Openers and Closers Conversation openers and closures signal when a conversation is beginning and ending. Greetings establish contact and show a level of friendliness and formality. Pre-closings signal the end of the conversation. Closings end the conversation. Greetings Responses Good morning/afternoon/evening....................... Good morning/afternoon/evening Hello................................................................... Hi How are you?..................................................... Fine, thanks/Great/OK How are you doing?........................................... Pretty good How's it going?.................................................. . Not bad How's it going?................................................. Not bad. What's new?...................................................... Nothing much. What's happening?........................................... Not much. Long time, no see ............................................... Yeah, I haven't seen you for a long time Pre-Closings Responses It's been a pleasure......................................... Well, it's getting late........................................ It was nice talking with you.............................. Nice to see you (again).................................... Maybe we can get together sometime.............. Let's get together sometime... Well, I've got to run... Well, it's getting late... Closings Responses Yes, I enjoyed taking with you Maybe we can talk again some time Yeah, I enjoyed it Nice to see you Sounds good! Sounds good. OK. See you. Yeah, maybe we can talk again some time.
  • 3. Good-bye......................................................... Have a nice evening/weekend/life.................... Talk to you later................................................ See you later..................................................... See you.......................................................... Good-bye You too OK. Bye-bye OK. Take care So long Expressing Understanding / Misunderstanding I see / I get it. OK. Uh huh. Interrupting Excuse me... Sorry but... I don't see. / I don't get it. Huh? Uh uh. Could I interrupt for a moment? Could I ask a question? Clarifying and Repeating What do you mean by...? What was that? Could you repeat that? Could you say that again? Bringing in others' ideas For me... In my opinion... I think... What's your opinion? How about you? Do you agree?