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 more greetings and invitations (informal).

Lars: Hey, Bill. What’s up?

Bill: Not much. How’s it going?

Lars: Can’t complain. This is my friend Yuri.

Yuri: Nice to meet you.

Bill: Nice to meet you too.

Lars: We’re going to the movies tonight. Do you want to go with us?

Bill: Sure. That sounds great!

Now let’s review the vocabulary


Hey is an informal way to say “hello.”

What’s up? is a more informal way to ask “How’s it going?” or “What’s new?”

Can’t complain is an informal way to respond to the question “How’s it going?” or “What’s up?” The phrase can’t complain means that the person has no recent complaints about life.

Nice to meet you is used when meeting someone for the first time. A response to nice to meet you is nice to meet you, too.

Starting a question with do you want to is an informal way to invite someone to do something.

Sure. That sounds great is an informal way to accept an invitation.

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.