Different ways to say "Hello" in English  Part 2 (1)

2013/05/09

Good afternoon /  Good evening

These are honestly a little more formal that the expression "Good morning".   You can say "Good afternoon" to customer or co-worker who you don't know very well, or also, before you give a speech or lecture to an audience.


Howdy

This is a common way to say "Hello" in the American South.  I would suggest that only native speakers use this expression because it does sound fake when foreigners use it.


Hey

Say "Hey" to people who you know well.  It's not exactly rude to use with strangers, but it might be confusing.  The person that you say "Hey" to might think, "Huh ?  Do I know this person ?"


How's it going ?

"How's it going ?" sounds like it is a question, but usually it is not.   You can say this to someone instead of saying "Hello", even if you're only walking past them and you do not want to or cannot stop and start a conversation with them.


What's up ?

This sounds casual and informal and is generally used by younger people.  It looks like a question but is, like "How's it going ?" often not answered but looked at as meaning "Hey".                     (J.F)


お役立ち英会話表現 59
give a speech (lecture)       演説(講義)をする
fake           ウソっぽい
might think 〜     〜と考えるかもしれない

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