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Greeting and Self introduction

This topic is basically about what to say when you want to introduce yourself to other people, what to say when you want to introduce your colleague and friends to other people and conversation in greetings. So let's start the session!


Once you have been introduced to someone, the next time you see that person it is important to greet them. Normally we familiar with "Hello", "How are you?", "How are you doing?", "How have you been?". These sentences are informal manner to greet when you meet your friends and buddies. As we greet when we arrive, we also greet people as we leave people. This section will present you the ways to greet people in formal and informal situations.

Greetings: Arriving

Formal Casual
Good morning / afternoon / evening. Hi / Hello
Hello (name), how are you? How are you?
How do you do? What's up? (very informal)
Good day Sir / Madam (very formal, traditional) How are you doing? (very informal)

It's important to note that the question "How are you?" or "What's up?" doesn't necessary need a response. If you do respond, these phrases are generally expected:

  • Very well, thank you.
  • And you? (formal)
  • How do you do? (formal)
  • Fine / Great / Good, thanks (informal)

Greetings: Departing

Formal Casual
Good morning / afternoon / evening / Good night (after 8.pm). Goodbye / Bye.
It was a pleasure seeing you. See you (later).
Goodbye. Later (very informal )


There are a number of phrases that are commonly used to introduce yourself and your friends to a third person. Let's look at the main phrases below

(name), I don't think you've met (name).
I don't think you know (name)
May I introduce you to (name)
(name), do you know (name)?
(name), I'd like you to meet (name)

Here is a short introductory conversation in the formal manner:

Ben: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: How do you do.
Ben: Mary works for ...

Sometimes the phrases such as "It's a pleasure to meet you." or "Pleased to meet you." is used in a conversation.

Example 1:

Ben: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: It's a pleasure to meet you.
Mary: How do you do.
Ben: Mary works for ...

Example 2:

Ben: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: Pleased to meet you.
Ben: Mary works for ...

It is quite common to shake hands when you are introduced. And in informal situations, the introductions are also made simply saying: "This is (name)." It is also common to just say "Hi" or "Hello" as a response in this informal setting.

Ben: Peter, this is Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: Pleased to meet you.
Ben: Mary works for ...

The phrases above can be used to introduce yourself such as conversation below:

Formal manner:

Ben: How do you do?
Anne: How do you do
Ben: Let me introduced myself, my name is Ben Smith. I'm work for ...
Anne: My name is Anne Cortney. I'm work for ... I'm please to meet you.

Informal manner:

  1. Hello. My name's Peter. What's your name?
  2. Janet.

  1. Where are you from Janet?
  2. I'm from Seattle. Where are you from?

  1. I'm from Madrid.
  2. Are you American?

  1. Yes, I am. Are you Spanish?
  2. Yes I am.

Getting attention or help from people

Here are a number of polite phrases used when trying to get the attention or help from people. In the situation that you have to speak to someone you don't know, it is common to use of formal language as below:


It is common to apologize before interrupting another person, or asking for help if you do not know the person.

Excuse me, could I ...
Sorry, do you think I could ...
Excuse me, do you know ...
I beg your pardon, could you help me? (formal)

Asking Someone to Repeat

When asking for information you may have a hard time understanding in public places which can be very noisy (train stations, restaurants, stores, etc.). Here are phrases commonly used to ask someone to repeat what he has said:

Excuse me, I'm afraid I didn't understand. Could you repeat that? (formal)
I'm sorry, I didn't catch that. informal)
What? (very informal!)
I beg your pardon.
Pardon (informal)
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