Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Today it´s Wednesday and we´re going to talk about ‘greetings and introductions’. This is a basic issue, but some students have problems with formal and informal style when greeting or introducing themselves. Which expressions do you have to use in formal or informal contexts? If you don´t know the answer, you must read this post. Go on!

First of all, what´s a greeting? According to WordReference (one of our favourite online dictionaries) a greeting is ‘an act or word of welcoming’ or ‘the act or an instance of welcoming or salutating or meeting’. Moreover, greetings are ‘expressions of friendly or respectful regard’.

Secondly, what´s an introduction? An introduction is ‘a personal presentation of one person to another or others’.

Let´s start with the examples!


Formal /Neutral

-Hello / Welcome.

-Good morning / Good afternoon /Good evening.

-Good bye /Bye.

-Have a nice day /night.

-Same to you / See you later.

-Thank you / You´re welcome.


-Hi! /Hey! / Hey man!


-What´s up! /What´s new? /What´s going on? / What´s shaking? /How are things? /How are you doing?

-What´s happening?

-Good to see you. /Long time no see.

-Bye, bye!


Formal /Neutral

-Hello, my name is…

-Let me introduce you my new director… Mr Smith.

-May I introduce my husband… Richard.

-I´d like to introduce my brother…

-Pleased to meet you. / Nice to meet you. /Delighted to meet you / Glad to meet you /Happy to meet you.

-How are you?

-I´m fine, thank you.

-Where are you from? / I´m from…

-Where do you live? / I live in…

-How old are you? / I´m… years old.

-What do you do? / What do you do for a living?

-I don´t understand. / Can you repeat, please? / Do you speak Spanish? / Can you speak slower?

-There are four of us in my family.

-I´m married / I have two children…


-Hi! / Hey, I´m…

-This is my wife /my brother / Mr Smith.

-How are you?

-Great! / Nice! / Fantastic!

-No bad / So, so / I can´t complain…

-Bad / Lousy /Not good.


When speaking, try to use connectors to link your ideas. That way your speech sounds more natural. For example, you can use:

-Moreover /Besides / In addition/ Furthermore / What´s more (Además, lo que es más)

-However / Nevertheless (Sin embargo)

-Despite +  verb-ing (A pesar de…)

-On the one hand /on the other hand (Por una parte, por otra parte)

-Firstly, secondly, thirdly, next, finally… (Primeramente, en segundo lugar, en tercer lugar, después, finalmente…)

-Although (Aunque)

-Consequently / As a result… (Consecuentemente, como resultado…)

-To cut a long story short… (En resumidas cuentas…)

-To sum up (Resumiendo…)

-In other words / To put it another way… (En otras palabras…)

And that´s all for today!

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