Greeting -Basic

June 12, 2006

Greeting someone you don't know

Greeting someone you never met:(sapaan utk sesorang yg tidak pernah jumpa)
"Hi, my name is Wokong. It’s nice to meet you."

You can respond to this by saying,
"It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Munir."

Another common question to ask is
"What do you do for a living?"

You can respond to this by saying,
"I work at a restaurant."
"I work at a bank."
"I work in a software company."
"I’m a dentist."

Usually, you will not need to ask for a name. It is implied that each person should say their name. But in case they don’t, you can ask,
"What is your name?"

Many times, I don’t hear the name. If you would like for them to repeat their name, you can say,
"What was that again?"
"Excuse me?"
"Pardon me?"

Greeting Someone you Know

"Hey Woklong, how have you been?"
"Hi Bob, how are you?"
"Hi Mahmud, what have you been up to?"
"Jaafar, it’s been a long time, how are you man?"

If you meet someone unexpectedly, you can say,
"Hey Munir, it’s good to see you. What are you doing here?"
"What a surprise. I haven’t seen you in a long time. How have you been?"

If you see the person at a restaurant, you can say,
"Do you come to this restaurant often?"

Or at the movie theatre,
"What movie did you come to see?"

Appropriate responses:
"Hi Dollah, my name is Abdul. It is nice to meet you as well."
"I heard a lot about you from Kamal. He had a lot of good things to say."
"Wow. How long has it been? It seems like more than a year. I’m doing pretty well. How about you?"

A typical response to this type of greeting is simple.
"Not too bad."

If asked what you have been up to, you can respond with,
"Same ole same ole."
"The same as usual."

Here are some other example responses.
"I’m pretty busy at work these days, but otherwise, everything is great."
"I’m doing very well."
"I finally have some free time. I just finished taking a big examination, and I’m so relieved that I’m done with it."

Restaurant Responses
"I’ve been here a couple of times, but I don’t come on a regular basis."
"I come pretty often. This is my favorite restaurant."
"I can’t believe we haven’t seen each other before. I come here at least twice a week."

Movie Response"I came here to see Senorio Lagi. How about you?"


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