Useful Phrases and Tips for meeting people in India: 3 major Situations

Greeting people in India

There are many ways to say hello in English. Sometimes you say a quick hello as you are passing somebody. At other times a greeting leads to a conversation or a meeting. Business greetings are more formal. Friends and family members greet each other in a casual way and use a mix of Hindi and English.

listen carefully and do practice of greeting people (both ladies and gents) in a variety of situations… in-person or on phone. Remember its Mr. Khurana and Not Mr. Ashish and if a person allows you to use his/her first name do it. Like I always say ‘you can call me Ashish’ so just stay with the first name.

In india we use ‘ji’ in the end of the name to show ‘respected’ but Don’t over do it to say: Respected Vermaji.. Just say Respected Mr. Verma (Global English) or Vermaji (Indian)   

Besides the language you must also pay attention to How it has to be said: the Tone and gestures that the speakers use (offering a hand for a hand-shake or asking to sit or pointing out etc…). Finger pointing is not considered good in most cultures… and India is famous for its ‘head nod’ (refer. Shantaram – David Gregory Robert):

Pay attention to Tips and useful phrases: words and expressions that English speakers in India use

Greetings while Passing someone you know (have met earlier)

It is polite to greet a person you know. However, you don’t always have time to stop and have a conversation. Just remember to smile as you say hello. A small wave is also polite. Sometimes you pass the same person a second time on the same day. You can say “hello again” or just smile or ‘wave a hand’.


  • Slow down to greet someone you know in the office. You don’t have to stop what you are doing (walking, working, shopping).
  • Say an appropriate form of hello.
  • Smile and wave a hand
  • Don’t offer a Hand-shake as you are not likely to continue the conversation…

Useful phrases:

  • Hello
  • Hi
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good evening of Good night*

*Good night is a farewell (goodbye) phrase. It is NOT a greeting to use at night time.

Greetings before a Conversation/meeting

Sometimes, your colleague or your Boss stops and talks for a minute as you say hello. This type of greeting is often followed by a short conversation, update or a meeting. Close friends in office may greet each other more warmly, especially after a long time without seeing one other. People in Business meetings sometimes give each other a hand shake…. Business card is given to people from other companies


  • Stand near a person and say hello
  • Offer your hand or Accept his hand for hand-shake.
  • Express happiness to see a person.
  • Ask a question or begin a conversation.
  • Answer the Question (if first asked by the other person) and then ask your question.

Useful Phrases:

  • Nice to see you.
  • Long time no see. (I haven’t seen you in a while.)
  • What have you been doing?
  • How are things?
  • Yes, It’s been a while. (confirming It’s been a while since I’ve seen you… answer to Long time)
  • What’s new?
  • Not much. (answer to What’s new?)

Greetings in Business

Proper etiquette is important in business greetings. Make sure to use polite language such as “please” and “thank you”. Appropriate titles and gestures should also be used. Shaking hands is common in most English speaking countries. It is also important to smile.


  • Introduce yourself with name and title.
  • Shake hands.
  • Express happiness to meet the other person.
  • Offer a seat….water, tea or coffee.
  • Accept or reject politely

Useful Phrases

  • Please have a seat.
  • Thanks for agreeing to meet with me.
  • He’ll be right here with us. (He will join the meeting in a short while.)
  • Can I offer you something to drink?
  • My pleasure.
  • Excuse me/sorry/ pardon me
  • Look forward…

Important:  Practice doing it with known people so that you can do it with confidence and ease with new customers or colleagues…. May I request my Intermediate/Get Selected students to do it everyday with fellow students or your trainers and counsellor.

Hey, It’s great to MEET you today!Image


One thought on “Useful Phrases and Tips for meeting people in India: 3 major Situations

  1. Sir, These phrases and tips are very useful for everyone because we all are professional in our own field. These all phrases and tips indicates our behavior.


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