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Casual Polite Greeting #3: How’s Everything? -by Katheryn Reilly

Ready for your next casual polite greeting?
  1. How’s everything?

How’s everything is a casual polite greeting that is used to ask casually about another person’s life.  It is used to greet a person you already know, and should not be used to greet a stranger.  The greeting “How’s everything” can also be replaced with “How are things?”  In this case, “things” refers to the aspects in an individual’s life such as family, friends, job, and other topics that friends routinely talk about with one another.

How’s everything?

*Not to be confused with “How’s everything?” when a waiter comes to your table. In this situation they are asking if you are happy with the food.

 

By the way, how are things with you?

How’s it going with your lessons?

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Kathryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients.

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Casual Polite Greeting #2 – What’s up? by Katheryn Reilly

What’s Up

What’s Up?

What’s up? : This polite greeting is a shorter way of asking “How are you?” or “How do you do?”  It is a very casual way to ask about what’s been happening in a person’s life when you first greet them.  It is often accompanied by a smile or hug but not a handshake due to its very casual nature.

Have you ever asked someone “How are you?” or “How do you do?” instead of that word? Maybe you should give it a try.

Note that it is not WhatsAPP! but it is What’s up?
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Stay tuned tomorrow for Katheryn’s next casual, polite greeting.

Kathryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients. 

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Casual polite greeting #1 – Hey There! by Katheryn Reilly

Remember those casual polite greetings we told you about yesterday? As we promised, here is the first one:

  1. Hey there!

This greeting is very casual and used typically between individuals that are already acquainted, and may have met before several times.  It is most often used by younger individuals when speaking to others similar in age.  Sometimes, “Hey!” is used by itself as a friendly greeting with a friendly nod.  However one should remember that in English, the word “hey” can also be used as an attention getter to focus someone’s attention.  Therefore, it is best to use the phrase “Hey there!” as a polite greeting.

 

Come back tomorrow to see what casual, polite greeting Katheryn has for you next!

 

Kathryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients. 

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Polite Greetings in the English Language – by Kathryn Reilly

Polite Greetings

Greeting someone with Casual Polite English Greetings is the first step to making a good first impression.  While you likely know “Hello” and “How are you”, these very casual greetings may not be quite right for every type of encounter.  You should use polite greetings  when meeting someone for the first time, when greeting someone you’ve met a few times, when greeting someone you haven’t seen a long time, or when greeting a coworker outside of a business context.  Be sure to also use friendly body language such as smiling, eye contact, and/or an extended hand for a handshake.  A wave or hug could also be appropriate if the meeting is between friends and taking place in a causal environment such as a mall or at a park.  This week we will share the eight most common with you. Visit daily for the next eight days to learn them.

 

In the meantime, why don’t you schedule some lessons so you can practice?

 

Can you tell us some of your favorite casual polite English greetings? Let’s see if Kathryn’s are the same as yours.

 

 

 

Kathryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients. 

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Listening on your own? By Ana Sierra

Listening on your own?

When I was a little girl, I was made to study English as my second language, and I hated it. It was really boring, I was taught lots of grammar rules and writing, but I was never made to speak! So after many years of studying, I couldn’t say a word or express an idea of my own. We never listened to any English either.

One day I realized that it didn’t make any sense.It came to my mind that when we learn our first language, we listen a lot and then we speak. We learn by listening,not by studying rules or reading. And when we start speaking, we usually make mistakes – that’s normal. It doesn’t matter if we don’t use our grammar correctly.We just go on listening until we self-correct our mistakes. Right?

So I thought, why can’t we do the same with a second language: listen a lot and then try to speak; first by repeating what we hear and then, when we get the right words and phrases, we can say what we want? The thing is to listen to our second language as much as we can, so we need to find resources. Fortunately, today we have plenty of stuff on the Internet. We have many sites for students of English. We have different social networks. We have news pages with special activities for students of English, We have movies, and of course Youtube, among other resources.

Let’s see some ideas here:

What do you think? What about this?

The thing is to listen as much as we can! Listen! Listen! Listen!!! It makes sense, right? It’s logical. It’s practical. You can do it while you clean up or tidy your room. You can listen when you walk to school. You can listen when you have a shower!  It’s “ready-to-use” material. You listen and then you can say or repeat what you have just heard.

 

At all levels. You can listen and repeat simple words or phrases first. You can start with some basic vocabulary words:

 

And then build up, add some ideas and learn new expressions:

 

Have you enjoyed Ana’s lesson on listening so far? Well come back next week because she has more fun and listening for you! In the meantime, why not put those listening skills to work by communicating with your fellow students in a group lesson? You can schedule yours here.

 

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Casual Polite Greeting #4 – How’s it going? -by Kathryn Reilly

Hey there! Are you ready for casual polite greeting number 4? Well ready or not, here it comes!

How’s it going?

 How’s it going?: This is another polite greeting which can be used instead of the slightly more formal “How are you?” or “How do you do?”  This is an appropriate greeting for everyone, whether they are younger or older than you.  A very similar phrase to “How’s it going” is “How are you doing?”; the second is considered to be a bit less casual and is often used to greet someone who may be having a difficult time in their lives.  For example, it would be a better choice to use “How are you doing?” when greeting someone who was recently ill or experienced a death in the family.

How's it going

Visit Stack Exchange for some examples of How’s it going? Greeting.

 

Then come on over and have a lesson. We miss you and we want to know, “how’s it going”.

Kathryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients. 

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Listening on your own? By Ana Sierra

Listening on your own?

When I was a little girl, I was made to study English as my second language, and I hated it. It was really boring, I was taught lots of grammar rules and writing, but I was never made to speak! So after many years of studying, I couldn’t say a word or express an idea of my own. We never listened to any English either.

One day I realized that it didn’t make any sense.It came to my mind that when we learn our first language, we listen a lot and then we speak. We learn by listening,not by studying rules or reading. And when we start speaking, we usually make mistakes – that’s normal. It doesn’t matter if we don’t use our grammar correctly.We just go on listening until we self-correct our mistakes. Right?

So I thought, why can’t we do the same with a second language: listen a lot and then try to speak; first by repeating what we hear and then, when we get the right words and phrases, we can say what we want? The thing is to listen to our second language as much as we can, so we need to find resources. Fortunately, today we have plenty of stuff on the Internet. We have many sites for students of English. We have different social networks. We have news pages with special activities for students of English, We have movies, and of course Youtube, among other resources.

Let’s see some ideas here:

What do you think? What about this?

The thing is to listen as much as we can! Listen! Listen! Listen!!! It makes sense, right? It’s logical. It’s practical. You can do it while you clean up or tidy your room. You can listen when you walk to school. You can listen when you have a shower!  It’s “ready-to-use” material. You listen and then you can say or repeat what you have just heard.

 

At all levels. You can listen and repeat simple words or phrases first. You can start with some basic vocabulary words:

 

And then build up, add some ideas and learn new expressions:

 

Have you enjoyed Ana’s lesson on listening so far? Well come back next week because she has more fun and listening for you! In the meantime, why not put those listening skills to work by communicating with your fellow students in a group lesson? You can schedule yours here.

 

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Practice with Polite Greetings – by Kathryn Reilly

It is time for casual polite greetings practice. Kathryn is back to test your learning. Please don’t disappoint her. Cop and paste your answers to the comments. Are you ready?

Welcome back! Nice job! You made it through all of the polite greetings. Well, that's not all of them but it is the main ones. Now let's Practice with Polite Greetings and see what you learned.
Practice with Polite Greetings | Practice with Polite Greetings
 A. While shopping, you encounter a friend from college you haven’t seen in a year. What is the best way to greet him or her?
 B. You attend cookout and know that the host’s father has been recently diagnosed with diabetes. What is the best way to greet the host?
 C. While attending the movies, you see a coworker you enjoyed working with on a recent project. How should you greet the coworker?
 D. You’re meeting a group of people whom you know on a weekend to go hiking. What would be a good choice to greet all the friends in the group?
 E. Around lunchtime, you run into a coworker in the cafeteria. Which greeting would be appropriate to begin a conversation?
 F. Your friend organizes a happy hour outing for a small group of people, several whom you do not know. What would be a good greeting to use for the individuals you are meeting for the first time?
 G. You agree to meet a friend at the movie theatre. Upon seeing him or her, you’d like to say hello casually and ask about their life. What would be the best greeting to use?
 H. You’re meeting a younger, very good friend for a night out on the town. What would be a good polite greeting?

Here are your choices

Hey there!

What’s up?

How’s everything?

How’s it going?

Good to see you.

How’s your day?

It’s been a while!

Nice to meet you.

Now that you’ve learned these polite greetings why don’t you schedule a group lesson so you can practice with your fellow students?

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Casual Polite Greeting – Nice to meet you -by Kathryn Reilly

Nice to meet you

Use this greeting  when you’ve been introduced to a new person by someone you know.  For example, if you’re attending an office party and a coworker introduces you to one of his or her friends, “Nice to meet you” would be an appropriate greeting.  Only use it when meeting someone for the first time.

Another way is to say, “It’s nice meeting you”.

Nice to meet you

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Casual Polite Greeting #6 – It’s been awhile! by Kathryn Reilly

 

It’s been awhile! since we heard from Kathryn. Well, ok. It’s only been a day, but didn’t you miss her? We sure did. Here’s her next casual polite greeting:

It's been awhile!

Casual, polite greeting: It’s been a while!

It’s been awhile! This casual polite greeting is used to say hello to a person you haven’t seen for a long amount of time.  If it’s a good friend or family member, this greeting is often accompanied by a hug.  Similar greetings include “Long time no see!” and “I haven’t seen you in forever!”  Typically, this greeting is followed by an inquiry into how the individual has been such as “How are you?” or “What have you been doing?”

It's been awhile!
It’s been awhile!

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Katheryn Reilly is a veteran English teacher with freelance writing and editing experience. While teaching students from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, she has created many educational aids and implemented new lessons to enhance their learning experience. She has created online educational tutorials as well as content articles for a variety of clients.