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

2013/05/10

Well hello !

Use this greeting when you're very surprised to see someone, or if it has been a long time since you saw this person.  It makes you seen very excited and happy to see them.  


Yo

This is rap slang originally from the 1980s that is now used by people today who do not listen to rap music.   It is generally used by younger people and is very informal.


Greetings !

This is an extemely formal greeting.  Robots on TV and movies say "Hello" this way.  You can use it to be funny if you're tired of using other phrases.

Look who it is !

You can use this when you see someone who you haven't seen in a long time.  It makes you sound excited and happy to see the person.  Often heard at weddings, graduation parties, etc. when many members of a family come together.


Look what the cat dragged in !

This is funny way to say "Hello" to a person who you know well and who you have not seen in a long fime.  Maybe the person looks like they just woke up or they are dirty from working on a construction site all day.  Basically, you're saying that the person looks like a dead mouse that a cat has caught and carried inside of a home.  This is not a serious expression and should only be used if you know the person well.                (J.F)

お役立ち英会話表現 60
rap         ラップ音楽
extremely formal       かなり正式な
in a long time         しばらくの間
on a construction site      工事現場で

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