How to greet people (in informal contexts)

Jackie: Hello, welcome to How to, with me, Jackie Dalton. In this programme:
How to greet people in informal contexts. There are lots of different
Phrases and expressions you can use and today you’ll learn some of the
Most popular and useful ones. One of the first words you probably
Learnt in English was ‘Hello’- a very common way of greeting
Someone and suitable in both formal and more relaxed situations. Now
We’re going to here some other expressions, and these are for informal
Situations. So here we go! Listen to this short clip of Matt saying hello
To Jane. What word is used here instead of ‘hello’?

Matt
Hey Jane, how you doing?

Jackie: It was simply ‘hey’ – more informal than hello.

Matt
Hey Jane…

Jackie: It sounds a bit like ‘hi’, which you almost certainly used before as
Another slightly less formal version of hello.

‘Hi Jane!’ with h-i and
‘Hey Jane!’ with h-e-y both sound relaxed. Now, for our next greeting.
What’s this one?

Jane and Neil
Alright Matt, how’s it going?
Alright Carrie! How are you?

Jackie: ‘Alright’ – that’s very informal.

Carrie and Neil
Alright Carrie! How are you?

Jackie: ‘Alright Carrie!’ In England and Australia, you often here it with
‘mate’ – an informal word meaning ‘friend’ which refers to the person
You’re speaking to. ‘Alright mate!’ So a reminder of our opening
Expressions for greeting so far: ‘Hello Richard!’ ‘Hi, Richard!’ ‘Hey
Richard!’ ‘Alright Richard!’ or ‘Alright mate!’ So you’ve said ‘hi’ to
Someone… what next? Well, the normal thing, as in so many cultures
Is to ask them how they are.

Carrie
How are you?

Jackie: The most straightforward phrase: ‘How are you?’ But how else could
You say that in a relaxed situation?

Neil
Hello Carrie, you alright?

Jackie: ‘You alright?’ Of course the most correct way of saying this would be
‘Are you alright?’ But it often just becomes, ‘You all right?’

Neil
Hello Carrie, you alright?

Jackie: And yes, you’re right, we just looked at ‘Alright!’ as another way of
Saying hello, but we also use it to ask how someone is.

Jackie: Now listen for another way to ask how someone is.

Matt and Jane
Hey Jane, how you doing?

Jackie: ‘How you doing?’ Again, ‘How are you doing?’ would be more
Correct, but we often miss out the ‘are’ so it’s just ‘How you doing?’

Matt
Hey Jane, how you doing?

Jackie: A variation on that, which you’re probably more likely to hear in
Australia is ‘How you going?’

Carrie and Neil
Alright Carrie, how are you?
Yeah, I’m fine Neil, how you going?

Jackie: How you going?

Carrie
How you going?

Jackie: ‘How’s it going?’ is another form you might hear.

Matt and Jane
Alright Matt, how’s it going?

Jackie: So how could you respond when you’re asked how you are? One of the
Most common answers is, ‘Fine, thanks!’ But here are some more. All
Of them are quite informal.

Clips
Yeah, not bad, not bad.
Good, thanks!

Jackie: ‘Not bad!’ which means quite good and ‘good, thanks!’ are both used
Here.

Clips
Yeah, not bad, not bad.
Good, thanks!

Jackie: You could also say ‘alright, thanks!’ or ‘OK, thanks!’ or ‘very well,
Thanks!’ So, to sum up those last expressions, we’ve got:

Not bad!
Good, thanks!
Alright, thanks
OK, thanks!
Very well, thanks!’



How to greet people (in informal contexts)