Hello is a typical and well known greeting in English. But its not the only greeting we use in conversation, especially casual conversations. Why not add some variety to your English by using one of these other commonly used greetings. You’ll sound more natural when you do. By the way, in American culture, it’s a good idea to use a person’s name when you greet them. Hello Jack sounds more natural and friendly than just hello, especially if Jack is your friend or coworker.
First up is Hey! Hey! is an alternate version of hello or hi. We often use Hey! with someone’s name, like Hey Jack! or one of these other versions:
- Hey dude! ← This is generally used for saying hello to a guy.
- Hey guys! ← This is generally used for saying hello to a group of friends, and could be used for men or women or a combination of men and women.
- Hey man! ← This is generally used for saying hello to a guy.
It is also possible to use Hi instead of Hey, so you can say Hi Jack!, Hi Dude!, Hi Guys!, and Hi Man!
How are you? is also a pretty standard greeting question. Some other varieties of this are:
- How’s it going?
- How’s everything?
- How’s hanging?
- How’s life?
- How’s tricks? Even though tricks is plural, we say How’s (how is). That’s just how casual English works sometimes!
Speaking of questions which are used as greetings, you can use any of these what questions to say hello:
- What’s new
- What’s up?
- What’s going on?
- What’s shaking?
- What’s the good word?
Wassup?, ‘Tsup? & Sup? Are there variations of the pronunciation of What’s up.
Yo! Yo! is like Hey! and can be use by itself, or with the other words like Yo dude!, Yo Guys!, and Yo Man!
There you have it! I hope you’ll start using some of these greetings in your everyday English conversation.
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