Greetings II

Nice to meet you is used as a friendly greeting when you meet someone for the first time.

But when it is not the first time you meet someone, you say, “It’s nice to see you again.”

Next, we usually greet people with hi or hello.

But after you are comfortable enough with basic vocabulary, it is important to push yourself to the next level and learn how to express yourself in other ways like: How are you, How’s it going, How have you been, and many others.

After all, English language speakers have many different ways of saying the same (or similar) things.

Let’s expand beyond the American-British English scope and learn how Aussies, people from Australia, greet someone.

Everyday greetings

We usually greet people with “hi” or “hello.” “Hi” is a bit more casual.

Hello!

Hi!

Hey!

It’s common to say “hey” for informal meetings. It’s also important to know that the word “hey” can be used to grab someone’s attention.

How are you?

How are you doing?

How’s it going?

How have you been?

All these questions have a similar meaning.

I’m fine, thanks.

I’m good, thanks.

I’m great, thanks!

Pretty good!

Not bad, thanks.

Many people say “not bad” to mean “quite good.”

If the person that you say hello to is a friend or somebody you know, you can say:

Hey, what’s up?

What’s new?

What’s happening?

What’s going on?

Nothing. / Not much. / Nothing much.

Be aware that, usually in English-speaking cultures, people don’t typically give away a lot of personal information during a brief, informal or accidental meeting.

Listen carefully to the following two videos. Make notes of the phrases and sentences. Pay special attention to pronunciation.

Other everyday greetings are:

How’s everything?  

Long time no see. 

Hey, long time no see.  

How’s your day?  

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening

To make “good morning” less formal, you could say “morning.”

If you want to wish someone well for the night before leaving or sleeping, you can also say “goodnight.”

Saying goodbye

Bye!

Bye” is the short form of “goodbye.”

See ya, see you soon, hope to see you soon

When you plan to meet the person soon.

Take it easy, take care, take care of yourself

These three ways of saying goodbye encourage the person in question to look after themselves until you see them again. They are informal, polite, and a friendly way to end a meeting.

Nice to meet you!

“Nice to meet you” is used as a friendly greeting when you meet someone for the first time.

Hello. It’s nice to meet you!

But, how should you respond to a person telling you: “nice to meet you!”

Would “Me too” be okay?

You may like to start by saying “Thank you” as this is more polite. Then:

Formal:

  1. Nice to meet you too.the most common way
  2. Pleased to meet you too/as well.
  3. It’s a pleasure to meet you too/as well.
  4. Pleasure to meet you too.
  5. The pleasure is all mine.

Formal and informal:

  1. It’s very nice to meet you (too/as well).
  2. Nice to meet you too.
  3. Lovely to meet you.
  4. Likewise.
  5. Glad to meet (you too).
  6. You too.
  7. Pleasure.
  8. And you.
  9. Same here.

Now, what about “Me too?”

Try to avoid using “me too” because there is not a consensus about that. Saying “me too” wouldn’t make sense as it means “It’s also nice for me to meet me.” 

Got it? So there are plenty of other options. Vary according to the person you are responding to and the setting.

Difference between Miss and Lose

The verbs MISS and LOSE have several different meanings in English and they can be easily confused.

When to Use MISS

We use MISS in these cases:

  1. to not attend an event or something
  • I missed your birthday. 
  • Alan, you missed a great concert last night.
  • You missed class on Friday.

2. to arrive too late to get on a bus, train, or plane

  • John missed the train this morning.

3. to not see or hear something

  • The goalkeeper missed the ball.
  • Sorry, I missed that. Could you repeat it please?

4. to feel sad about someone or something that you have stopped seeing or having

  • My sister moved to Vietnam last year. I really miss her!
  • I miss my girlfriend. She’s on holiday with her family.

IMPORTANT: if you are going to use a verb after the verb MISS, this verb must be in the gerund

  • I miss going out with my friends.

When to Use LOSE

We use LOSE in these cases:

1. can’t find something or something’s gone

  • I lost my dog. Please help me to find him.

2. sports games

  • My favorite football team lost 5-1 in the semifinal.

3. someone is gone from your life

  • I lost my Grandmother last year.
  • I’ve lost my girlfriend. We had a messy break up and I don’t think I’ll ever see her again.
  • She lost her husband during the war.

Collocations

  • miss a chance/opportunity
  • lose a chance/opportunity
  • miss the point
  • lose time/money
  • lose confidence/interest/hope etc
  • lose weight/height/speed etc
  • lose your sight/hearing/voice/balance etc
  • lose sight of something
  • lose track of something/somebody

PRACTICE: Choose between the proper form of lose or miss.

a. The lady looking after the property was very helpful when we got lost/missed on the way back.

b. It is possible to lose/miss weight fast without dieting.

c. My pen is losing/missing from my desk! Who’s had it?

d. When Sylvia noticed her credit card was losing/missing, she called her credit card provider and cancelled it.

e. My apartment is only a block from the office, so I don’t lose/miss time commuting to work.

f. I lost/missed quite a lot of money on the stock exchange last year.

g. My daughter lives in Paris. I lose/miss her a lot.

h. I’ve just lost/missed the fast train to London.

i. Can you say that again, please. I lost/missed the thread of the conversation.

j. You’ve lost/missed the point. I don’t care about the money

a. lost; b. lose; c. missing; d. missing; e. lose; f. lost; g. miss; h. lost; i. missed; j. missed