Slang (gíria) English Greetings

Slang greetings are extremely informal, and should only be used with people that you know very well, and feel very comfortable with. 

  1. Are you OK?, You alright?, or Alright mate? This casual way of asking both “hello” and “how are you” is common in Britain. You can respond “yeah, fine”, or simply “alright”. 2. Howdy! This is a very informal abbreviation of “how do you do?” in certain parts of Canada and the U.S. Don´t use outside of these regions, you will sound like a cowboy. 3. Whazzup? These greetings are abbreviations of “what’s up?” which are common among teenagers. 4. G’day mate!  This casual greeting is an Australian abbreviation of “good day”. 5. Hiya! This greeting, short for “how are you?”, is commonly used in certain parts of England.

#Business Greetings – Formal

Use formal greetings in business situations and with people older than you. People will only use informal greetings after they know each other more. 1. “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, or “Good evening” – these are formal ways of saying “hello”. “Good night” is only used to say “good bye” when people go to sleep. 2. “It’s nice to meet you” or “Pleased to meet you” when you meet someone for the first time (or introduced by other person). 3. “It’s nice to see you again”, “How have you been?” used by people who have already met. 4. “How do you do?” is very formal. The proper response is “I’m doing well”.

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#Greetings – Informal

1. Hey, Hello, Hi. To use in any casual situation, “hey” is for people who have already met. 2. How’s it going? or How are you doing? If you’re trying to be particularly polite, stick with “how are you?” 3. What’s up?, What’s new?, or What’s going on?  Informal ways of asking “how are you?” Most people answer with “nothing” or “not much”. 4. How’s everything?, How are things?, or How’s life? Common ways of asking “how are you?”5. How’s your day? or How’s your day going? Use these greetings with someone you see regularly. Answer with “fine”, “good” or “alright”. 6. Good to see you or Nice to see you! Use with a hug or handshake. 7. Long time no see ! or It’s been a while… When you haven’t seen someone in a long time.

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#look +…..

  • to look forward to = to be excited about something in the future = estar ansioso, estar aguardando algo Ex. I’m looking forward to having a great 2019!
  • to look into = to investigate = investigar, pesquisar Ex. Please look into some ways to travel next week.
  • to look out for = to be careful = to be vigilant = to take notice = tomar cuidado Ex. You must always look out for new business opportunities.
  • to look (something) over = to check = examine = verificar, examinar  Ex. Could you look over this report and make the corrections?
  • to look up to = to have a lot of respect for someone = respeitar alguém, olhar com respeito Ex. I really look up to him, he is really knowledgeable.