Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you read. Key terms are explained at the end. Today’s conversation is on informal greetings and invitations.

Mari: Hi, Blake. What’s going on?

Blake: Not much.

Mari: Wanna come over for dinner tonight?

Blake: That’d be great!

Now let’s review the vocabulary

What’s going on? is an informal greeting in American English. It’s similar to “How’s it going?”

Not much is a response you can use when asked the question “What’s going on?”

Wanna is a shortened form in spoken English of the two words “want to.” “Wanna” is not used in written English unless it is very informal writing, such as text messaging.

Wanna come over is an informal invitation, used to ask someone to come to your house.

The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily.

Everyday Conversations are developed by the State Department’s Heidi Howland, a senior program officer in the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.