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Greetings and introductions are a fundamental communication which everyone should learn to know how to use reasonably, in each specific situation. When meeting new people for this first time, it is important to greet them in an appropriate way as you will be evaluated as such.
Hence, please be careful with what you are saying.
Learn the do’s and dont’s of etiquette
First impressions are a really important aspect of British culture. Introducing yourself and others in the correct way is fraught with various do’s and dont’s of etiquette.
In social situations, a man is traditionally introduced to a woman. However, in the business world introductions are based on a person’s rank or position in an organisation. Whoever is the highest-ranking person is introduced to everyone else in order of their position. If you introduce two people of equal rank to each other, introduce the one you know less well to the one you know best.
The Role of Introductions
In many casual situations, Americans will not ask you, “What country are you from?” Or “Where are you from?”. They will probably say: ”Where you from?”. The “are” is taken out but the sentence has the same meaning as: “Where are you from?”
Sometimes, people may be a little more indirect because they want to be polite. To do this, they can ask you, if you are from the place where they meet you. For example, if you meet someone in Beijing, they will ask you “Are you from Beijing?” or if you are in New York, they will ask you “Are you from New York?”.
The answer to this question is the same with “Where are you from?” question, but you need to add “no” in front. “No, I am from UK” or “No, I am from Korea”.
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“Where are you from?” - is a simple question
Now think for a moment, how many ways do you know how to greet someone in English?
You probably learned basic greetings like, “Hello” and “How are you?” which are useful in a wide range of situations, but they are kind of boring.
When I first came to Crete I didn’t understand how important greetings were when meeting new people.
I used to greet people by saying, “Hola,” which nobody else does. The result of saying this is that people would think that I didn’t speak Greek and would ask my friends questions about me instead of asking me directly.
I was pretty annoyed by this but I realized it was my own fault that they treated me like that because I didn’t greet them in a way that they were expecting. Once I started saying things like, “Kalimera ti kanis” people started treating me like a normal person.
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Why Greetings are important
A simple question, but not always clearly understood.
“Where are you from?”
First impressions are a really important aspect of British culture.
In English, there are so many ways to greeting used in different situations.