American English: 9 ways of saying hello casually

American English: 9 ways of saying hello casually

A smile is a great way of starting a conversation. Yet the next part is much more challenging, and the communication that follows depends on the situation.

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Several different informal greetings can be used for casual situations in the United States which allow you to be creative and try out new phrases. Here are a few tips on how to greet someone casually in the United States.

1. ‘Good morning’ – slightly on the formal side.

2. ‘Mornin’ / Morning’ – a more casual version of “good morning”.

3. ‘Hey’ – one of the most common greetings in the US that can also be used in the plural, as in: “Hey guys” and “Hey ya’ll” (ya’ll is used in many of the southern US states as a plural “you all” form).

4. ‘Hi/Hi there’ -very common phrases used in all situations

5. ‘How’s it goin’ / going?’ – a question inquiring about how the other person is doing. Listen for a positive or negative response indicating how their day has been.

6. ‘How are you? / How are you doing? / How are ya?’ – these phrases show that you are interested in the person. Most Americans generally always respond positively with “good”.

7. ‘Yo/What’s up?’ – usually used by younger people.

8. ‘What’s going on?’ – ask this question when you want to inquire about the status of a situation.

9. ‘Good afternoon / Good evening’ – more formal but always well respected and implies a very polite greeting.

And these are your tips for today. Now, you just need to practice your English to write like a native speaker. See you!

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