Greetings at a Party
It is polite to greet many people at a social event. This is called "mingling". After you greet people you know look for people you haven't met before. Introduce yourself and start a conversation.
- Say hello and introduce yourself to a person who is not in a conversation.
- Talk about your relationship to the host.
- Discuss one party related item (food, theme, length of stay).
- Who are you here with?
- How do you know Jane? (party host)
- I don't think we've 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 can't wait to try the dip.
- I love your dress/shirt/hat. It really suits you. (looks good on you)
- These decorations are wonderful. I love the table cloth/balloons/flowers.
A: I don't think we've met. I'm Stacey. (hold out hand to shake)
B: Hi Stacey. I'm 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: That's right. And how do you know her?
A: Actually, Jane is my cousin. Our moms are sisters.
B: No way! You two don't look anything alike.
Further Practice for Pairs
- Add a third speaker and create your own lines.
- Add an unexpected interruption (phone ringing, new friend arrives, host needs help).
- 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 in a social setting.