Greetings with Conversation
Sometimes you stop and talk for a moment as you say hello. This type of greeting is followed by a conversation. 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).
- Stand near a person and say hello.
- Express happiness to see a person.
- Ask a question or begin a conversation.
- Nice to see you.
- Long time no see. (I haven't seen you in a while.)
- What have you been up to?
- How are things?
- It's been a while. (It's been a while since I've seen you.)
- What's new?
- Not much. (answer to What's new?)
Pair Practice (casual between friends or coworkers)
A: Hi Corey.
B: Hey, Jennifer. Good to see you. (hug)
A: You too. How've you been?
B: Busy. You?
A: Pretty good. How's your new job?
B: It's okay. There's a lot to learn. What's new with you?
A: Not much. The kids are back at school.
Note: Between very close friends it's uncommon to use names in a casual greeting. Sometimes nicknames or short forms are used (Cor and Jen instead of Corey and Jennifer).
Further Practice for Pairs
- Add a third speaker and create your own lines.
- Add an unexpected interruption (bus arrives, friend comes out of a store, child fusses).
- Write the next four lines between the two speakers.
- Write an inappropriate line and explain why it should not be part of the greeting.
- Create a new dialogue that takes place between people who start up a conversation.