Greeting A Stranger in English

Teacher: Robin    Runtime: 5:39     Series: Beginner 2      icon-heart Donate     

This greetings video is about how to greet a stranger in English.  You will learn simple formal greeting expression.
이 인사관련 동영상은 낯선 사람을 만날 때 영어로 어떻게 인사를 나누는지 알려줍니다. 여러분들은 간단한 격식을 갖춘 인사 표현법을 배우게 될 것입니다.
[Part 1]

Hello everyone.

We are going to talk about basic greetings for when you meet someone you don’t know. Ok…

Someone you don’t know is called a stranger.

So, when you meet the stranger, what do you say? these are basic greetings.

So, on the board here, I have the first basic greeting.


Ok…this is a very casual greeting when you meet someone for the first time.

“Hi”. Very simple.

The second one, “Hello”.

Oh, something wrong with the spelling here.

Be careful with the spelling of “hello”.

Many of my students put the ‘W’.

There is never a ‘w’.

It is only “hello”. Ok…

Be careful with that.

So, of course, these are the most common greetings: “hi”, “hello”.

And here are three more greetings.

“Good morning”, “good afternoon”, and “good evening”.

Alright, so these are the most basic greetings when you meet the stranger.

And when you say “hi”, they will probably say the same thing.


If you say “hello”, they will say the same thing.


If you say “good morning”, they will say the same thing.

“Good morning”.

“Good afternoon”.

“Good evening”.

So, if they say “good evening” to you, you should answer,”good evening”.

If they say “good morning” to you, you should answer “good morning”.

Alright…that’s how we do our basic greetings with a stranger.

Alright, let’s move on to some more greetings.
1:46 [PART 2]

Ok…so we’re going to look at two more greetings.

The next one is “how are you?”.

And this one…”how are you doing?.

Ok…both are very common.

You must know them.

“How are you?”.

“How are you doing?”.

“How are you?”.

“How are you doing?”.

So, someone asks you… these questions.

And you would answer, starting with “I’m”.

Ok… I am…I’m.

I’m fine. Ok…

So, I’m fine is the best answer.

It’s the most common answer.

So, you should always try to say, “I’m fine”.

“How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

There are other answers.

“How are you?”

“I’m great.”

“I’m good.”

“I’m not bad.”

“I’m so so.”

Ok…but be careful with “so so”.

Many of my students say “so so” too much. ok…

So, the best answer is “I’m fine.” and sometimes use these. ok…

Maybe you’re not fine.

So you want to express something bad.

So… “How are you?”

“I’m bad.”

or…”How are you?”

“I’m not good.”

“How are you doing?”

“I’m not good.” Alright…

So, someone askes the question, you answer and the polite thing to do is ask them the same question.

So, “How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

And then we should use one of these.

Ok…”How are you?”

“I’m fine…..and you?”

ok..your asking them.

“How are you?”

“I’m fine….how about you?”

Ok, these mean the same thing.

So, you can use this one or this one.

Alright…let’s take a look at a few examples…example dialogues, so we can understand this better.

3:45 [Part 3 – Example Dialogues]
Alright, let’s look at example dialogue one.

“Good morning.”
“Good morning.”
Let’s look at example dialogue two.

“How are you?”
“I’m good. And you?”
“I’m fine.”

Let’s look at example dialogue three.

“How are you doing?”
“Not bad. What about you?”
“I’m pretty good.”
Let’s look at example dialogue four.

“Good afternoon. How are you?”
“Very well thank you. And you?”
“I’m fine.”

4:30 [Part 4]

Ok…I hope you have a good understanding of how to use basic greetings to someone you don’t know.

It’s easy. Alright…

Before we go, I want to talk about this expression.

“How are you?”

“I’m fine thank you, and you?”

Of course, every Korean knows this expression.

This is what you were taught in school.

But, of course, this is too common and too nice; too polite.

So, it’s a little bit funny. Ok…

So, “How are you?”

“I’m fine thank you, and you?”

Try not to use this. Ok…

Let’s make it easier.

uhhh, as I said, it’s too nice, so let’s cut the “thank you”. Ok…

So, this sounds better already.

This is much better.

“How are you?”

“I’m fine, and you?” ok…

That’s better than “I’m fine thank you, and you?”


So, that’s basic greetings.

Uhhh, again I hope you understand and I’ll see you next video.


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