How to greet each other?

Etiquette requires you to greet other people by following certain rules. With your greeting you need to show people a good disposition towards them, as well as their good upbringing and culture. Let us consider in more detail how to properly greet.

Who should I greet?

A well-educated person should greet not only people he knows, but also strangers, especially those with whom he meets periodically. These are neighbors, shop assistants, bank tellers, café waiters, taxi drivers, etc.

What words to start greeting?

Depending on how well you are familiar with the person and what status he occupies, the greeting can be as concise and simple as possible, and emphasized respectful, official.

With unfamiliar people, it’s enough to exchange classic greeting phrases like:

  • Good afternoon / evening / morning!
  • Hello!

People are being greeted with the management, people of solid age, adding treatment by name and patronymic. For example:

  • Hello, Alexander Alexandrovich!
  • Good afternoon, Natalya Filippovna!

With well-known people with whom you do not have age and social differences, you can greet with the help of more simple forms of greeting, including colloquial, slang forms. So, greet friends, for example, in the following words:

  • Hello!
  • Wow, etc.

It is allowed to apply to “you” only to friends and relatives. In all other cases, it would be more correct to appeal to “you”, unless there is another agreement in the team. Often used a simplified appeal to a person by name (without middle name), but the "you". However, before using this form, it is better to study in detail the rules in force in a particular social environment. If you want to go to the treatment of a person on "you", then you should first ask his consent.

Who greets first?

The first always greet:

  • Those who have just entered the room, with those who are already in it;
  • Younger with older;
  • Men with women;
  • Subordinates with the authorities;
  • Pupils with teachers.

Under equal conditions, the first who greeted it, or the one who turned out to be more polite and affable, greets them first.

How to greet a man and a woman?

Etiquette introduces clear rules on how people of the same sex as well as representatives of different sexes should greet each other.

  • Man with a man. Usually greet with a handshake, and the hand must be given to those who are younger or lower in social status (subordinate - the boss). You can also restrict a small bow. Pupils with teachers greet without handshakes. If a man greets a person standing on the social ladder many steps above him (for example, a junior manager with the company's general director), or a man much older than him, then it would be appropriate to raise his hat or touch it slightly (other headdresses do not ), get up from your seat. You can sit down only after the person offers it, or after he has sat down.
  • Woman with a woman. If the meeting is businesslike, ladies can exchange light handshakes. If you meet friends, relatives, you can exchange kisses on the cheek and hugs. If there are two couples, then ladies always greet each other, after women greet men, and then only men greet.
  • A man with a woman. In most cases, the man greets the first. If it happens on the street, then the man should stop a little, lift his hat or touch his fields. If a woman filed a hand in greeting, then the man can kiss her. To do this, you need to shake your hand, bend over a little and easily touch your lips for a couple of seconds. Previously, such a ritual was mandatory for all gentlemen, but today we can do without it, limiting ourselves, for example, with a slight bow.
  • Woman with a man. A lady should greet a man first if he is taller than her in social status or much older. In these cases, it is quite appropriate to even get up from your seat. Also, the woman first gives the man a hand for a welcome handshake - regardless of whether there are social or age differences between them.

How do residents of other countries greet?

Handshakes and polite bows with welcoming words are used almost throughout the world. However, according to ancient customs, some countries still have their own traditions of greeting.

  • Americans can friendly pat you on the back or shoulder.
  • The French are actively practicing quick touch cheeks, lips while making the sound of a kiss.
  • The Eskimos just touch their fist to the shoulder of a friend, his head.
  • Polynesians rub noses.


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