Most people, especially teens who attend our English language school in Hawaii, want to be thought of as friendly among their classmates. Not only do we greet people using words, our body language also conveys many messages, including those of a friendly greeting. When you’re learning a new language with others who may be from locations all around the world, it can be difficult to make an emotional connection. We’re sharing a few hints below to help you communicate easily with others without having to get into a deep or complicated conversation when you’ve barely begun your journey toward speaking English fluently.
A smile is always the easiest way to let someone know you’re friendly. Even if you don’t say a word, by smiling and nodding your head at another student or teacher at school or someone at a cafe or park, you’re letting those people see that you’re friendly. What if someone smiles at you first? Always return the smile, otherwise the person will think you are unfriendly!
There are some simple phrases you can use in passing that show you’re friendly, but don’t require a lot of talking. You can show people you come in contact with you like them by simply saying something like “What’s up” or “How’s it going?” A simple “hi” or “hello” with a smile is enough to convey you’re a friendly person as well.
What about those people you’re around more than others, those you’re familiar with or have become friends with? For guys, a light fist bump is commonly known/accepted and conveys the message “good to see you” or “good job,” depending on the situation. You can also show your support or express friendship to a coworker or friend with a light pat on the shoulder.
Shaking hands is another way to make an instant connection with someone and leave a positive impression. Others remember those who shake their hands, and you’ll find that those you share a handshake with will be more friendly and open with you.
Waving is another way to greet someone, especially if you see him or her from a distance. You can say hello to someone who’s across the parking lot or classroom with a simple wave of the hand.
“How’s it going,” “Hey there,” or a simple smile is all it takes to let others know you’re friendly and social. Until your English improves so you can engage in deeper conversations, these simple phrases and gestures are all that’s needed to let others know you’re a friendly person!
ICC Hawaii offers summer and winter junior English programs for those 12 to 17, helping young people learn the most important language in the world. If you’re interested in attending an English language school in Hawaii, don’t settle for less than the best! Contact Intercultural Communications College today.