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Let’s say goodbye to winter and welcome springtime! ☀️

20th March 2017

It’s time to say “hello” to spring and say goodbye to winter.  It is also a good opportunity to learn new expressions. You probably already know “hello” and “goodbye”. But there are many ways to greet people or to say farewell. It’s Sunday Study Tip and today we are looking at how to use other simple formal and informal English greetings and farewells.


1.Hey, Hi

You can use ‘hey’ and ‘hi’ to greet someone instead of ‘hello’. Both are particularly popular among younger people. While ‘hi’ is appropriate to use in any casual situation, ‘hey’ is for people who you have already met.

2. How’s it going? How are you doing?

These are casual ways of asking ‘how are you?’. The usual reply is: Good, thanks, and you?

No bad. How about you?

3.What’s up? What’s new? Or What’s going on?

These are the most informal, and used amongst friends and young people, the most common greeting would be Hi followed by What’s up?

Formal farewells


This is the standard goodbye. It’s short, simple and you can use it to absolutely anyone.

2.See you later, see you soon or talk to you later

These are OK for anyone from friends to co-workers.

3. I have to get going soon

This is a good expression to use when you are ready to leave a social meeting. It would be rude to suddenly say “bye” and leave in the middle of a conversation. Saying ‘I have to get going’ lets people know that you are ready to start staying ‘goodbye’.

4. Take it easy

This expression is a casual way of saying ‘have a nice day’. ‘Take it easy” is encouraging the people to relax, not to work too hard.

5. I am off

This is another informal way of letting people know that you are ready to say goodbye.


Do you know any more expression to say hello or bye? Let us know in the comments below.

For more Study Tips, you can read our Study Tips posts.  

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