|“Happy Christmas.” or “Merry Christmas.”|
|00.01 – 1st January||“Happy New Year!”|
|or etc….||“Good Luck!”|
|or etc…||“Congratulations!” or “Well done!”|
|“Get well soon.”|
|When meeting someone formally for the first time, we shake their hand and say “How do you do?” or “Pleased to meet you.”|
“How do you do?” isn’t really a question, it just means “Hello”.
|When young people meet informally they sometimes say “Give me five!” and slap their hands together (high five).|
|Generally we do not shake hands with people we know well.|
Cartoon by Michael Leunig © Republished with permission.
You say hello, and I say goodbye!
Follow the dialogue.
Mr Bean meets Mrs Breuer, one of his students, and her husband in the street.
|Mr Bean:||Good morning, Mrs Breuer.|
|Mrs Breuer:||Good morning, Mr Bean. How are you?|
|Mr Bean:||I’m fine thanks, and you?|
|Mrs Breuer:||Not too bad. Mr Bean, this is my husband Michael, Michael this is Mr Bean my English teacher.|
|Mr Breuer:||Pleased to meet you.|
|Mr Bean:||Pleased to meet you too. Are you from Germany, Mr Breuer?|
|Mr Breuer:||Yes, East Germany, from Dresden. And you, are you from London?|
|Mr Bean:||No, I’m from Derby, but I live in London now.|
|Mrs Breuer:||Well, goodbye Mr Bean, it was nice to see you.|
|Mr Bean:||Yes, goodbye.|
RESPONDING TO AN INTRODUCTION
!Note – on first meeting say, “It’s nice to meet you“, and when departing “It was nice to meet you“.
For future meetings say, “It’s nice to see you again“, and when departing, “It was nice to see you again.”