Students Only Do 3 Simple Tips To Greet People Successfully

Students Only Do 3 Simple Tips To Greet People Successfully – English, Just Guided

From home to school, health clinic, hospital, store, airport, or other major public places, greetings is an etiquette to recognize the others’ presence.  After arriving at classroom, normally an English teacher greets his students. ‘Good Morning’, How do you do? How are you? are familiar and still common. In fact, not at all of students who learning English as foreign language are familiarized with other cultural nuances in greetings. How to shake hand, ‘Hey ya’ll, Ay-up or Hiya ’ sounds strange and here are the tips to solve:

First, Understand Someone’s Cultural Nuances in Greetings.

A wise English teacher usually inserts cultural nuances in greetings in learning English. He offers a hand for a handshake to his new students and say some greetings expressions as seen on the following video. People have own etiquette in greetings but let’s compare distinctive ways between Londoners and Americans.

In England people usually offer their right hand for handshake for stranger and say, “How do you do?” They don’t need to crush anybody’s fingers, don’t be too weak and don’t hold on for too long. In short, they do lighter handshake. This etiquette  is different with in America.

Americans rarely shake hands upon leaving in social situations. Some Americans do not shake hands at social events. If it is necessary to shake hand do a firm handshake. Make sure we have to smile and make eye contact with the person we are shaking hands with. This is an etiquette.

Second, Learn Greetings Expressions Completely.

Students who study English as foreign language should enrich their knowledge of the social nuance in greetings with lists of greetings expressions. ‘How do you do?’ as seen on the following table is a British English formal greetings. It sounds ‘antique’  and always becomes unforgettable memory and also still being ‘transmitted” to students in class today.

More FormalMore Informal
InitiateRespondInitiateRespond
How do you do?How do you do?How are you?Fine, thanks.
Fine, thanks. And you?
HelloHello, Hi, Hey
Hi There.Hello, Hi, Hey
HiHello, Hi, Hey
Hiya (Hi You)Hello, Hi, Hey
HeyHello, Hi, Hey
Hello. Alright?Yes
Ay-up (Northern English Slang)Fine
WatchaNothing
Good MorningGood MorningMorningMorning
Good AfternoonGood AfternoonAfternoonAfternoon
Good EveningGood EveningEveningEvening

However ‘How do you do?’ would be off putting in America, as the American like to greet each other with quite casual. They may greet you with a casual “Hello” or “How are you?” or even just “Hi “. It doesn’t mean they have no respect. ‘All men are created equal’ is declared in unique ways.

More FormalMore Informal
InitiateRespondInitiateRespond
How are you doing?I’m doing well.How’s it goin?Well.
How’s it going?Well, how about you?
What’s up?Fabulous
What’s going on?Better
Hey guysHello, Hi, Hey
Hey ya’ll (Southern US)Hello, Hi, Hey
Howdy (Southern US)Well, Better
HeyHello, Hi, Hey
HelloHello, Hi, Hey
Hey Dude ! whats up ?
(Close friends)
OK, Fabulous
Good MorningGood MorningMorningMorning
Good AfternoonGood AfternoonAfternoonAfternoon
Good EveningGood EveningEveningEvening

Third, Good Practice Makes Perfect.

Greetings is human’s positive willingness to recognize other’s presence. But, greetings by ignoring cultural diversity can lead students to vulnerability in English dialog with foreigners. Students need to grasp better knowledge of the diversity. So, always practice English greetings in your daily life well. Don’t forget to read our last post.

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