“Hi” and “Hello” are a great start when learning English greetings.

But there is more than just “Hi” and “Hello”

When you are learning English you are taught to say, “Hi” and “Hello” to greet people. But how do you greet a friend returning from a long vacation or trip?

In this video I will explain to those of you learning English four different ways to greet someone in a more sincere manner. Let’s get beyond the basic, “Hi” and say something meaningful!

I hope you enjoy this video that I made to help you learn English. If you have any questions please ask in the comments below.

Here is the English transcript for the video.  Read along while you learn English to reinforce what you are hearing.

Hi Bob the Canadian here. I’m going to imagine you already know how to greet someone with the simple greetings of, “Hi” and “Hello”

But there are four greetings I want to go over with you that you would use when someone you know well returns from a trip.

So let’s imagine a good friend of yours has just gotten back from a one month vacation.

The first time you run into them, you could say:

“Hey Dave, long time no see.”

“Long time no see.”

This is a North American phrase or greeting that basically means, “Hey it’s been a long time, and during that time I did not see you.”

The second thing that you could say to them is, “It has been a while.”

“Hey Dave. It has been a while.”

And the faster version of that would be:

“It’s been a while.”

“Hey Dave. It’s been a while.”

“Hey Dave. It’s been a while.”

The third thing you could say to them, especially if you are greeting someone you know extremely well like a family member is, “It is good to see you.”

“Hey Dave. It is good see you.”

As well you could say, “Hey Dave. It’s good to see you.”

And the last thing that you could say of the four is, “Hey Dave, How have you been?”

“Hey Dave. How was your trip, and how have you been?”

Now those are four ways that you can greet someone that you know quite well after not having seen them for a while.

You can also combine them, so you could say:

“Hey Dave. Long time no see. It is good to see you.”

“Hey Dave. It has been a while. How have you been?”

You can use them almost interchangeably. I wouldn’t put all four together though. Because that would get a little bit long.

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1) Watch once with subtitles on. While you learn English this can help you understand the first time through.
2) Watch again with subtitles off. While you are learning English it is always good to watch something twice.
3) Watch once more again tomorrow to reinforce what you have learned. While learning English it is always good to reinforce what you have learned 24 hours later.


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