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Greetings in English audio icon

These pages are about how to say hello in English.

There are many ways to say hello in English. Sometimes you say a quick hello as you are passing somebody. At other times a greeting leads to a conversation. Friends and family members greet each other in a casual way. Business greetings are more formal.

greet (verb): to say hello; to welcome somebody
greeting (noun): saying hello; a polite word of welcome
NB: The opposite of greeting is farewell - saying goodbye.

On the following pages you can listen to and practise greeting people in a variety of situations.

In this lesson you will find:

Tips: language and gestures that native speakers use

Useful phrases: words and expressions that native speakers use

Pair practice: sample conversations with audio audio icon (practise with a learning partner)

Further practice: ideas for extending the practice