1. when passing 2. before a conversation 3. in the classroom 4. in business 5. at a party or social event 6. in a friend’s homeMore practice: http://www.englishclub.com/speaking/index.htm
It is polite to greet a person you know.However, you dont always have time to stopand have a conversation. Just remember tosmile as you say hello. A small wave is alsopolite. Sometimes you pass the same person asecond time on the same day. You can say"hello again" or just smile.
SLANG GREETINGS (CLOSE FRIENDS):Certain English speaking countries also have their own popular form of "hello". Howdy Hiya Whazzup? Yo Gday (Australia)
Close friends often hug when they greet each other, especially after a long time without seeing one other. Men sometimes give each other a hand shake or a high-five (touch palms above the head). You have to express happiness to see a person and ask a question or begin a conversation.
PRACTISE IN GROUPS:•Add a third speaker and create your own lines.•Add an unexpected interruption (bus arrives, friendcomes out of a store, child fusses).•Invent the next four lines between the two speakers.•Invent an inappropriate line and explain why it shouldnot be part of the greeting.•Create a new dialogue that takes place between peoplewho start up a conversation.
It is polite to greet a new student that joinsyour class. Introductions immediatelyfollow this type of greeting (exchangenames, nationalities…). This is normallyfollowed by a small talk (weather,surroundings, news).
USEFUL PHRASES:*Learners often say "I come from..." instead of "Im from...". Native speakers use "come from"for things or animals, not people: The toys come from China. Milk comes from cows.
EXAMPLE:A: Hello. Im Sasha.B: Hi Sasha. Im Brent. (hold out hand to shake)A: Nice to meet you Brent. Where are you from?B: Chicago, Illinois. And you?A: Im from Australia. I live in a small town near Sydney.B: Australia. Wow. Ive always wanted to go there. Howlong have you been in Canada?A: I just arrived this week. Its my first day of school.B: Really? I think youll love Vancouver. Its not too hotand not too cold.
PRACTISE IN GROUPS:•Add a third speaker and create your own lines.•Add an unexpected interruption (attendance beingcalled, lesson starting).•Invent the next four lines between the two speakers.•Invent an inappropriate line and explain why it shouldnot be part of the greeting.•Create a new dialogue that takes place between peoplein a classroom setting.
Proper etiquette is important in businessgreetings. Make sure to use polite languagesuch as "please" and "thank you". Appropriatetitles and gestures should also be used.•Introduce yourself with name and title.•Shake hands.•Express happiness to meet the other person.•Give or accept directions.
EXAMPLE:A: Hello. Im Mia Conners.B: Hi Mia. Im David Sinclair, and this is my partner Gina Evans. (hold out hand to shake)A: Nice to meet you Mr. Sinclair and Ms Evans. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today.B: Its our pleasure. And please, call us David and Gina. Can I take your coat?A: Thank you.B: No problem. Please take a seat and well be right with you. I just have to take make a quick phone call.
PRACTISE IN GROUPS:•Add a third speaker and create your own lines.•Add an unexpected interruption (phone call, fax comingin, secretary).•Invent the next four lines between the two speakers.•Create a new dialogue that takes place between peoplein a business situation.
It is polite to greet many people at a social event.This is called "mingling". After you greet peopleyou know look for people you havent metbefore and are NOT in a conversation. Introduceyourself and start a conversation.Talk about your relationship to the host.Discuss one party related item (food, theme,length of stay).
USEFUL PHRASES:•Who are you here with?•How do you know Jane? (party host)•I dont think weve met.•Have you been here long?•Have you tried the cheese dip/dessert/punch?•Where did you get your costume?•The food looks great. I cant wait to try the dip.•I love your dress/shirt/hat. It really suits you. (looks goodon you)•These decorations are wonderful. I love the tablecloth/balloons/flowers.
EXAMPLE:A: I dont think weve met. Im Stacey. (hold out hand to shake)B: Hi Stacey. Im Carl.A: Hi Carl. So, how do you know Jane?B: Oh, Jane and I used to work together at a coffee shop.A: Oh, you mean when you were working in Japan?B: Thats right. And how do you know her?A: Actually, Jane is my cousin. Our moms are sisters.B: No way! You two dont look anything alike.
PRACTISE IN GROUPS:• Add a third speaker and create your own lines.• Add an unexpected interruption (phone ringing, new friend arrives, host needs help).•Invent the next four lines between the two speakers.•Create a new dialogue that takes place between people in a social setting.
When you go into a friends home, it ispolite to greet other people(relatives/roommates) in the house. Sayhello and introduce yourself to people youdont know. Express happiness to meet theother person. Make small talk.
EXAMPLE:A: Hi Mike. Ive heard all about you. Jesse says you love to play guitar.B: Yes I do, Mrs. Simpson. Nice to meet you.A: Were glad to finally be able to meet you. Dinner will be ready in about twenty minutes.B: Is there anything I can do to help?A: No, everything is pretty much ready. Were just waiting on the roast. I hope you like roast beef.B: Yes, of course. Jesse tells me you are a fabulous cook.
PRACTISE IN GROUPS:• Add a third speaker and create your own lines.• Add an unexpected interruption (phone call, sneeze, doorbell).• Invent the next four lines between the two speakers.• Create a new dialogue that takes place in a friends home.More practice: http://www.englishclub.com/speaking/index.htm