English for Speakers of Other Languages

1. Express Greetings & Social Courtesies

Level: Beginner/Early Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms


At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Introduce themselves
  • Greet someone they don’t know well, or is older than they are
  • Greet someone they do know well, or that is their own age
  • Share personal information about themselves and their family
  • Make simple suggestions
  • Express thanks for something
  • Express farewell

Sample Language Patterns:

  • What’s your name?
  • Hi, my name is.
  • My name is.
  • How are you?
  • How do you do?
  • Hello, this is my (mother, uncle, etc.)
  • Hello! Vs. Hello.
  • Goodbye! Vs. Goodbye.
  • How old are you?
  • Do you want to…?
  • Yes, please,
  • No/yes, thank you.
  • Thank you for the…
  • You’re welcome
  • I like it very much.
  • Thank you.
  • Let’s…
  • Do you want…?
  • Yes, please. I want…
  • Nice to see/meet you.
  • Nice to see/meet you too.
  • …please?
  • How about you?