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Greetings in Passing

It is polite to greet a person you know. However, you don't always have time to stop and have a conversation. Just remember to smile as you say hello. A small wave is also polite. Sometimes you pass the same person a second time on the same day. You can say "hello again" or just smile.

  • Slow down to greet someone you know. You don't have to stop what you are doing (walking, working, shopping).
  • Say an appropriate form of hello.
  • Smile and wave.
Useful phrases

Listen and read:

  • Hello
  • Hi
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good evening*
  • Hey, John.
  • How's it goin'?**

*Good night is a farewell (goodbye) phrase. It is NOT a greeting to use at night time.
**Native speakers often shorten "going" to "goin" in casual greetings.

Slang greetings in passing

Using slang in a greeting is typical between close friends. Teens often use slang when they greet each other. Certain English speaking countries also have their own popular form of "hello".

Listen and read:

  • Howdy
  • Hiya
  • Whazzup?
  • Yo
  • G'day (Australia)

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