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As you have probably experienced during your time in the Bay Area, Americans have many ways of saying “Hello!” Below, I have categorized the many ways Americans greet each other into four sections: formal, informal, very informal, and how to greet someone whom you haven’t seen in a long time.

Formal Greetings:

  • Hello! or Hello ___(name)___!
  • How are you?
  • How are you doing?
  • How have you been?
  • Good morning!
  • Good afternoon!
  • Good evening!

Informal Greetings:

  • Hi!
  • Morning! (short for ‘good morning!’)
  • Hey! or Hey ___(name)___!
  • What’s up?
  • How’s it going?
  • What’s going on?
  • What’s new?
  • What have you been up to?
  • How are ya?

Very Informal Greetings:

  • Yo!
  • Hiya!
  • Sup? (short for ‘what’s up?’)
  • Howdy?
  • What’s crackin’?

Greetings for 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!

So next time you want to say “hello” to someone, try a new expression!



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