25 Different Ways to Greet Someone in English

It is important to know how to say ‘Hello’ but in English there are many formal and informal ways to greet someone when you see them. Below you will learn 25 different greetings in English with short audio clips. 

Formal Greetings in English
Hello or Hello (Person’s Name)!
How are you?
How are you doing?
How have you been?
Good morning!
Good afternoon!
Good evening!

Informal Greetings
Hey! or Hey (Person’s Name)!
What’s up?
How’s it going?
What’s going on?
What’s new?
What have you been up to?
How are ya?

Greeting Someone You Haven’t Seen in a Long Time
Nice to see you!
Nice to see you again!
I haven’t seen you in a long time!
I haven’t seen you in forever!
Long time no see!

Very Informal Greetings
Sup (Short for What’s up?)
What’s crackin’?

Next time your greet someone in English try saying something besides ‘Hello’.

English Vocabulary for Getting a Haircut

I don’t know about you but getting a haircut makes me really nervous. Now imagine not knowing the words you need in English to get your hair cut and looking nice and exactly how you want it again. Below is English vocabulary that you can use when you are getting your hair cut or planning a trip to the hair salon.

Where do you get your hair cut?
A Barber Shop
A Hair Salon

Barber: Person that cuts men’s hair
Hair Stylist or Hair dresser: Person that cuts hair (Women and Men)

Scheduling your haircut appointment:
Say: I need to get my haircut. Do you have any openings today?

After arriving at the hair salon, the hairstylist that is going to cut your hair usually comes and gets you from the waiting area. They have you sit down in their chair and do a consultation, which means the barber or hairdresser asks you questions about what you want done to your hair. Below are some questions in English that stylists ask clients when they do their haircut consultation.


Common Questions Hair Stylists Ask Clients Before the Haircut:
What are you looking to do today?
How much do you want taken off today?
How much do you want to cut off your hair today?
What do you like most about your hair?
What do you like least about your hair?
Do you want any layering?
Would you like your hair shampooed today?
Would you like a brow waxing or any color treatments?


Possible Responses to the Hairstylists Questions:
• I would like a trim. (trim = cutting off a little bit)
• Can you cut off 2 or 3 inches?
• I have a lot of split ends. Can you cut those? (split ends= when your hair splits in two and is damaged)
• I would like to get bangs today. (bangs= when hair is cut shorter across forehead)
• Can you give me a bunch of different layers? (layers = hair is cut in different lengths to better ‘frame’ the face)
• I want a whole new look.
• Can you thin out my hair a little bit?
Chop it all off. (chop= another words for cut)
• Please take some hair off the top but not too much off the sides.
• I would like a buzz cut. (buzz cut = is shaved very short, like someone in the military)

After getting your hair cut the stylist may use the blow-dryer to dry your hair and may use different products (gels, mousse, spray, etc) to style it.

You usually pay the receptionist or person at the front desk when you are done. It is customary in the United States to tip your hair dresser if you like the haircut and think they did a good job.

Now you should have the vocabulary you need to successfully get a haircut with an English stylist or salon.

How to Complain in English

You can complain when you are not satisfied or happy with a service, product or event. You should try to be polite as the person you are talking to will be more willing to help you solve the problem than if you talk to them in an angry, condescending manner.

Some phrases you can use to help you complain in English:
I’m sorry to say this but…
There seems to be a problem with…
There appears to be something wrong with…
I was expecting ______ but…
Sorry to bother you but…
I want to complain about…
I have to make a complaint about…
I hate to tell you but…
I’m angry about…
I’m not satisfied with…
I don’t understand why…
Excuse me but there is a problem…
Would you mind…?

This is unfair. /I don’t think this is fair.
This is ridiculous. / I think this is ridiculous.
This seems unreasonable/I think that sounds unreasonable.

When you complain you should state your complaint and then how you think it should be resolved or a possible solution.

Example Complaints:

  1. There seems to be a problem with my cell phone bill. I was billed for two phone lines and I only have one. Could you double check the charges on my account?
  2. Sorry to bother you but I bought these pants yesterday and they have a hole in them. I would like to exchange them for new ones.
  3. I want to complain about Wendy, your customer service representative. She was very rude when I called this afternoon. Maybe she needs more training on how to deal with customers.
  4. Would you mind turning down your music? It is too loud and I can’t concentrate on what I am doing.
  5. There must be a misunderstanding, I thought the class was supposed to go until 6pm but everyone seems to be leaving earlier. So, what time can we actually leave?
  6. I have to complain about my workload.  I think that it is unfair that all the cases are being sent to me and are not being split up amongst the department.
  7. I hate to tell you but the way you are talking to each other is not okay. You are going to either need to calm down or leave the restaurant immediately.
  8. I was expecting you to help me clean up but you aren’t. Can you please pause your video game and help me for a few minutes?

Sometimes the employee or person that you are talking to is not listening or helping you as you wish. You can ask to speak to someone else to help resolve your complaint. You can say…

Can I speak to your supervisor?
Can I speak to your manager?
Is there someone else I could speak to about this matter?

Below is a list of common phrases that children (and some adults) use when they are complaining or avoiding doing something. Children often drag out words to emphasize how much they don’t want to do something or like something.


How kids (and some adults) complain…
• I don’t want to do that.
• This is stupid.
• I am really tired.
• I’m busy.
• I can’t believe we have to do this.
• This isn’t fair.
• You like him better than me.
• I don’t want to.
• I hate this.
• No one will help me.
• You’re not listening to me.

Next time you need to complain in English, try using some of these ideas to express your disappointment.  

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Types of Exams and Test Questions in English

Taking a test is stressful. Especially if you are taking it in a new language. To make sure there are no surprises that next time you have an exam in English; read about the different types of assessments (or tests), the common types of questions on exams in English and some frequently asked questions about tests.

Types of Assessments
Exam/Mid-Term/Final Exam: Usually long (1-3 hours) and cumulative (of everything you learned in class or semester). The TOEFL or the IETLS are exams that many English Language Learners take.

Test: Anywhere from 20-1 hour. Tests are usually about a certain subject or chapter that has been studied in class.

Quiz/Pop Quiz: Sometimes quizzes are announced others are not. Quizzes are usually short and take a 5-15 minutes to complete.

Take Home Test/Exam: Is a test that the teacher hands in the classroom and you do it at home and turn it in the next class period.

Open Book Test: A Test where you can use your text books and/or notes to help you complete it.

Paper/Report: These are written assessments that are completed on your own time. Subject and length will vary. A paper would show your written knowledge about a subject or have a certain purpose.

Projects: There are many types of projects that are completed in school. You might do a project for a science or multicultural fair or about a certain subject that you have researched.

Oral Interview: You sit with the teacher (or proctor) one-on-one and answer a variety of questions to the best of your ability. The teacher would record or take notes as you speak to help give you a grade later.

The majority of exams, tests and quizzes are taken individually; so, you showing what you know. Sometimes teachers let you take a test or quiz with a partner but this is not very common. It is more common to work with other students on projects and reports.

Types of Questions on Tests
Multiple Choice: The questions is written with possible answers. You need to choose which answer is correct.
Multiple Choice Example Question: What language is most commonly spoken in the United States? A. Portuguese      B. Japanese     C. Arabic   D. English

Essay: A written test where you answer a question or prompt. When taking an essay test, you write all the information you know about the topic in a paragraph.
Essay Example Question: What are some of the similarities and differences between the political systems of China and Egypt?

Fill in the blank/Cloze: For this type of questions you will read the text for the general meaning and fill in the words using a word bank or list of words provided for you.

Fill in the Blank Example Question:

The _______________ House is in Washington D.C. It is where the president of the ___________ ____________ lives.

True/False Questions: For this type of question you need to determine if the statement is true (correct) or false (incorrect).
True/False Example Question: The capital of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro. True or False

Common Questions and Answers about Tests

http://www.english-tonight.com/TT1.mp3 When is the test?
• The test is tomorrow.
• It’s next Wednesday.
• The day after we finish the unit.
• Check the syllabus.
Syllabus” is an outline of the class that many high school and university teachers give to their students at the beginning of a class. It tells everything that will happen, what will be studied, and when assignments and exams are.

http://www.english-tonight.com/TT2.mp3 What’s on the test?
• It’s on Chapters 3 and 4
• It is on the future continuous tense.
• The test will be on World War II.
• You should know if you were listening. It’s on 18th Century Art History.
By asking you teacher this you should have a better understanding of what to study for and what not to study for.

http://www.english-tonight.com/TT3.mp3 What grade did I get on the test? or How did I do on the test?
• Let me check… You got an ‘A’. Good job!
• You failed the test. You got less than half right.
Failed” means did not pass.
• You got 84% on the test.
• I haven’t had time to grade them yet. Check back next week.
Exams and tests are graded differently in most schools and universities. It is best to as your English professor how they grade tests at the beginning of the class. In the United States, letter grades (A, B, C, D and F) are often used. Other schools use percentages out of 100.

http://www.english-tonight.com/TT4.mp3 Can I retake the test?
• Yes, you can retake the questions you got wrong.
• You can retake one test per semester.
• No, you can’t retake the test. You will have to studying harder next time.
Retake means to take a test again or have a second chance. This is not very common but some teachers do occasionally let their students retake tests and quizzes.

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25 Different Ways to Say ‘Good Job’ in English

When learning English you don’t want to get stuck saying the saying the same words over and over again. These are positive statements in English that you could say to anyone; at work, at school or…. ANYWHERE

25 alternatives to ‘Good Job’

1. Excellent http://www.english-tonight.com/Exellent.mp3
2. Nice http://www.english-tonight.com/Nice.mp3
3. Exemplary http://www.english-tonight.com/Exemplary.mp3
4. Marvelous http://www.english-tonight.com/Marvelous.mp3
5. Outstanding http://www.english-tonight.com/Outstanding.mp3
6. Perfect http://www.english-tonight.com/Perfect.mp3
7. Well done http://www.english-tonight.com/Well%20Done.mp3
8. Impressive. http://www.english-tonight.com/Impressive.mp3
9. Good work. http://www.english-tonight.com/Good%20Work.mp3
10. Fantastic. http://www.english-tonight.com/Fantastic2.mp3
11. Great. http://www.english-tonight.com/Great.mp3
12. You did it! http://www.english-tonight.com/You%20did%20it.mp3
13. Way to go! http://www.english-tonight.com/Way%20to%20go.mp3
14. I have never seen anyone get it done that quickly. http://www.english-tonight.com/14%20That%20quickly.mp3
15. I knew you could do it! http://www.english-tonight.com/I%20knew%20you%20could%20do%20it.mp3
16. I love the way you __________. http://www.english-tonight.com/I%20love%20the%20way%20you…mp3
17. It looks like a lot of work went into this. http://www.english-tonight.com/17%20a%20lot%20of%20work%20into%20this.mp3
18. I’m so proud of you. http://www.english-tonight.com/I%27m%20so%20proud%20of%20you.mp3
19. Much better. http://www.english-tonight.com/Much%20better.mp3
20. You make it look so easy. http://www.english-tonight.com/You%20make%20it%20look%20so%20easy.mp3
21. Much improved. http://www.english-tonight.com/Much%20improved.mp3
22. How come I never knew you could ____________ so well? http://www.english-tonight.com/22-%20so%20well.mp3
23. You did better than I could have done it. http://www.english-tonight.com/23-%20better%20than%20me.mp3
24. You really went to town. http://www.english-tonight.com/went%20to%20town.mp3
25. Awesome http://www.english-tonight.com/Awesome.mp3

Next time you find yourself about to tell someone they did a ‘good job;’ stop and use one of these words English phrases instead.

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