Lesson 2: Saying Hello



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Saying Hello. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy bump into each other.

Dorothy: Hey there, Kevin! Fancy seeing you here.
Kevin: Yeah, long time no see! What are you doing here?
Dorothy: I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d drop by.
Kevin: How’s it going? 
Dorothy: I can’t complain. Everything’s going well.
Kevin: How are your parents doing?
Dorothy: They’re great. My mom is really happy that we live so close now.
Kevin: Oh, that’s good to hear.
Dorothy: Oh, look, Eric’s here too. I’m going to go say hi to him.
Kevin: Sounds good. It was good seeing you.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
Hey there a more casual way to say “hello” Hey there Eric!
Fancy seeing you here a way to say “I’m surprised to see you” Fancy seeing you here. I thought you weren’t coming today. 
Long time no see a way to say “I haven’t seen you in a long time” Long time no see! The last time we met was in college.
in the neighborhood nearby I was in the neighborhood anyway so it was no problem for me to come help.
drop by (phrasal verb) visit somebody If I have a free moment, I’ll drop by to say hi.
How’s it going? another way to say “How have you been?” How’s it going with you these days?
I can’t complain a way to say “I’m ok” and nothing is wrong with someone I can’t complain. Today’s been a great day.
good to hear a way to say you’re happy to hear the news It’s good to hear that he’s doing well!
say hi go start a conversation with someone If you’re in the area, you should come to say hi.
It was good seeing you. a common way to say goodbye Sorry, I have to go now. It was good seeing you. 


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. How are you doing today?
    1. I’m doing well. Thanks for asking.
    2. I’m having a great day. How is your day?
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. What are some different ways to say hello?
    1. Hi.
    2. Howdy.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. What are some different ways to say goodbye?
    1. Take care.
    2. See you later.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. How is your family doing?
    1. They are all doing well. My parents are very healthy, and my sister just got a new job.
    2. Great! My sister moved to Alabama recently, so we’re going to visit her soon.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. When was the last time you said hi to a friend?
    1. Yesterday, I dropped by my friend Susan’s house to say hi.
    2. Last week, I called my friend Jason just to say hi.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. How is your day going so far?
  2. Do you see your friends often?
  3. What do you talk about with your friends?
  4. How is your family doing?
  5. Who are some friends you haven’t seen in a long time?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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