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Unit 1 Introductions And Greetings

Making New friends

By Huang Zhi Ping (黄志平)

  • 1.Introductions are important because a proper introduction will leave a good first impression upon others.
  • 2.A usual introduction includes a greeting, a hand shake, an exchange of names and a few words about one’s work.
making introductions
Making Introductions

2.birth place

3.What are you ?

What’s your job ?

4.What do …think of …?

How do …like …?

5.How are you getting along with …?


Part A: Way to speak

1.我叫Ted Harrison.


3.我是新的英语口语(oral English)教师。




Part B:learn to speak

1.May I have your name?

2.Where are you from,please?

3.When did you come here?

4.I’m an oral English teacher. How are you getting on with everything here?

5.Would you help me to know something about this school here? ……


Practice: How would you greet and address the following people when you meet them?

1. Your oral English teacher on campus in the evening.

2. An old classmate in the shop in the morning.

3. Your headmaster in her office in the morning.

4. Your good friend’s brother when you meet him in a store in the afternoon.

5. Your roommate in the canteen at noon.


Unsafe Topics

  • age,
  • marital status,
  • income,
  • property,
  • religion,
  • Anything aspects
  • of privacy.

Safe Topics,

2. sports,

3. jobs,

4. hobbies,

5. holidays

6. other forms of relaxation


Important Points:

1. Greetings should vary with the time of day or the formality of the situation.

"Good morning" is a common greeting used before noon, while "Good afternoon" is, of course, used after noon till the end of a working day. "Good evening" is used after work from about 6 p.m. onwards.

2. "Hello" is an extremely common greeting that can be used any time of the day on all occasions, except the most formal ones.


3."Hi" is an informal greeting which is frequently used among peers. When people are introduced and meet for the first time, they say:

How do you do?

How do you do?

When people know each other and meet suddenly, they usually say:

How are you?

Fine, thank you. How are you?

Fine, thank you. (thanks)

If you are good friends, you say: Hello!

Very good friends, especially

Americans say: Hi!

Never mix up these greetings and say, e.g.

How do you do?

Fine, thanks, and you?

or: How are you?

How do you do?

4. Making introductions:

(1) When introducing people, you should turn to the woman, the older person, the person of higher rank, or an old friend, and introduce the man, the younger person, the person of lower rank or the arriving guest first.

(2) Most people only shake hands when they are introduced, or meeting after not seeing each other for a long time. At more informal meetings, these formalities may not be observed.

5. Addressing people

When addressing people, we can do it in the following ways:

(1) In formal situations, we usually use a title with the surname, NOT the given name.

(2) Some professions may serve as titles.

e.g. Doctor, Professor, Officer.

(3) In a closer relationship, when given permission, the person can be addressed by his/her first name. First names often have shortened forms.

e.g. Timothy Tim, Anthony Tony, Elizabeth Liz or Beth.

To call someone by a shortened name, you should also have permission.

6. Topics for conversation

Topics such as age, marital status, income, property, religion, etc. are considered aspects of privacy. Avoid using them. Safe topics that cause no offense would be weather, sports, jobs, hobbies, holidays and other forms of relaxation.

7. Native speakers of English usually don\'t ask such questions as "Where are you going?\'\' "How old are you ?" "How old is your wife?" "How much is your salary?" etc.
task 1 learn some useful expressions
Task 1 Learn some useful expressions
  • we can conclude some expressions of greeting people , responses to the greetings, introducing and taking leave of people.


Zhang: How do you do, Mrs. Smith. ………………Greeting.

Mrs. Smith: How do you do? It’s nice to meet you. Please call me

Mary. ……………………………Response to greeting. Zhang: How was the journey, Mary?

Mrs. Smith: Well, it was Ok, although a little tiring.

Zhang: Then let’s get your luggage and go to the hotel now.

Mr. Smith: Oh, thank you. It’s very kind of you.

  • Here is an example about greeting and introducing people. .
practice greeting and introducing people
Practice greeting and introducing people

Task 2

  • Imagine you are Linda at a language school. Li Hui, your friend from China, comes to visit your family for the first time. Act out this dialogue with your partner.