Expressions used in greetings and farewells

Since almost all conversations start with some sort of greeting, knowing common expressions for greetings is a must. Examples of some common English expressions used in greetings are listed below.

What’s up?
How’s it going?

When you meet and greet someone for the first time introductions are needed. There are a number of standard expressions that can be used for introductions. Some of the most common are listed below.

English Expressions Used for Introductions

    Greeting: Hello, I’m ( … Bill).
    Response: Hi Bill, I’m Sandra.
    Greeting: My name is ( … Jimmy Grant).
    Response: Nice to meet you Jimmy, I’m Sally.
    Greeting: I’m (… Gary Phillips). What’s your name?
    Response: My name is Sam Hanks. It’s a pleasure to meet you Mr. Phillips.
    Greeting: I’m (… George Fredricks). And you are?
    Response: My name is Sally Edwards. It’s a pleasure to meet you Mr. Fredricks.
Expressions for Farewells
Just as there are several standard expressions for greetings, there are also expressions of farewell. Listed below are some of the most common.

          Goodbye                   Bye
          So long                     Catch you later
          I have to run              I have to be going now
         See you latyer            Later


Selma: Hi Stella, long time, no see.
Stella: Hello Selma, it has been a while. So how’s it going?
Selma: Not bad, I’ve been keeping busy. And you?
Stella: Same old, same old. Selma, this is Arlene. She started with the company a couple of weeks ago.
Selma: Nice to meet you, Arlene.
Arlene: Good to meet you too. What department are you in?
Selma: I’m in accounting. Are you in sales with Stella?
Arlene: Yes.
Stella: She filled Ruth’s position.
Selma: I see. So Arlene, how do you like it so far.
Arlene: So far it’s been great, although I must admit I am having trouble adjusting to the work load.
Stella: Don’t worry, once you learn the ins and out of the job, it’ll get much easier. Everyone has the same problem at first.
Arlene: I hope so.
Selma: Well, I have to run. The boss is waiting. See you later.
Stella: Bye.

Practice Activities

Find a partner and practice using the English expressions for greetings, farewells and introductions in the following situations.

A new coworker in the department you work in at a company
An unknown person at a party that you find interesting
A stranger you meet at a resort on a skiing vacation
A new student in your English class whose family just moved to town

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for greetings take a look at:
Conversation Made Easy OR Talk, Talk, Talk

Other Links for Greetings
XX Elementary Greetings
XX English Greetings
XX Greetings and Farewells