How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples

How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples

Humans are gregarious or communal beings; so, we relate and communicate a lot. Hello! There is an interesting word that we use in initiating communication. The word is HELLO! There are various ways it is said in spoken English. How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples is a post that contains the different ways of saying this word. So, let us see How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples…

What is Hello?

Hello, as we know it, is an interjection or a word that is globally used for different purposes. Popular among these purposes is the greeting purpose. We use it to greet somebody we meet.

It is also used to answer a telephone call or to begin a radio or television programme. In addition, hello is also a word used to attract attention. Sometimes, people use the word to express surprise. Let us see some examples of its usage:

Greetings

  • Hello. Pleased to meet you.
  • Hello, and welcome to the show.
  • After we had all said our hellos, we settled down to eat.

Answering Calls/Beginning a Programme

  • Hello! Is anyone there?
  • Hello viewers, welcome to today’s show on your darling TV Station.
  • He picked up the receiver and spoke softly, ‘hello, this is Akademia Villa’.

Surprise

  • Hello! What’s that doing here?
  • Hello! Who is this?

Being an interjection, it could be used sometimes for ironic, sarcastic or angry emphasis; though the angry emphasis is usually slangy in nature. See these examples:

  • He’s like, hello? Who do you think you are?
  • I’m living my own life now, hello? Please mind your own business.

How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples

Having looked at what hello is and the various contexts in which it is used, let us see below How to Say Hello in Spoken English with Examples…

Hi

This is used as a friendly greeting when you meet someone, or start a telephone conversation with someone. For example:

  • Hi, everybody. Welcome to our new home!
  • Hi, John, did you have a nice weekend?

Hello

We use hello when we meet someone or when we start a telephone conversation with someone. For instance:

  • Hello. Could I speak to someone in customer service, please?
  • Hello, Mrs Jones. How are you?
  • Jenny, could you say hello to Miss Annie?

Note: In everyday English, most people usually say hi because it sounds friendlier. Hello is used especially when talking to people one does not know well.

Hey

This is informal, especially, in American English. Hey is used as a friendly greeting when one sees someone one knows well and wants to start talking to them. See these examples:

  • Hey, Scott! Good to see you!
  • Hey, why are you doing that?

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening

We use these forms of greetings when meeting someone at a particular time of day. For instance:

  • Good evening, how has your day been?
  • Morning everyone. Sorry I’m late.
  • Good morning, class!
  • Good afternoon, Mr Smith.

Note: Good morning etc. sounds rather formal; in everyday English, people usually just say Morning! Afternoon, etc. without saying ‘good’.

How Are You?

How are you is used when one is greeting someone; especially, when starting a conversation with them. For instance:

  • ‘Hi Helen. How are you?’ ‘I’m fine. And you?’
  • ‘How are you today?’ She asked the old man.
  • ‘Mr. Boris, how are you?’

How to Say Hello in Spoken English: More Examples

Let us see more instances of How to say hello in spoken English with examples…

How Are You Doing? /How’s It Going? /How Are Things?

All these are informal expressions and they are used when you are greeting someone; especially, when starting a conversation with them:

  • A: ‘Hi, Jenifer. How are you doing?’
  • B: ‘I’m good, thanks. How about you?’
  • How’s it going, Tom? I haven’t seen you for a long time!
  • How are things with you, especially in these trying times?

What’s up? /What’s happening?

We use these forms of greetings informally. They are also used when greeting someone; especially, when starting a conversation with them. See these examples:

  • Hey Joey. What’s up, buddy?
  • Hi, Ray. What’s happening? How are they treating you these days?
  • What’s up, son? I hope you are good.
  • What’s happening, Sandra? I’m sure you are fine.

Note that these phrases sound very informal.

How Do You Do?

This is a formal way of greeting. How do you do is used when you meet someone for the first time; especially, after you have just been told their name. For example:

  • ‘John, I’d like you to meet our new project manager, Nisha Patel.’ ‘How do you do?’
  • Hello, Mr. Pete. How do you do?
  • ‘Tom, this is our new colleague, Aisha Turner.’ ‘How do you do?’

How do you do sounds very formal. These days, people often just say hi when meeting someone for the first time.

Replying How Do You Do Greeting

A quick one on how to reply ‘how do you do’ greeting…

Has someone ever greeted you ‘how do you do? How did you answer? Many people would often reply: ‘fine’, ‘I’m fine’ or I’m doing fine’. But do you know all these replies are not the correct response? The correct way to reply to ‘how do you do’ greeting is simply ‘how do you do?’ Please take note of this.

Pleased/Good/Nice to Meet You

We use any of these when meeting someone for the first time and have just been told their name. See the following examples:

  • ‘Richard, this is my brother Ronnie.’ ‘Nice to meet you, Ronnie.’
  • ‘My name is Lena Curtis.’ ‘Pleased to meet you, I’m David Benet.’
  • Hi, Bobby! Good to see you.

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