Lesson 1.1.2 – English Lessons With Maestro Sersea

Welcome to Year 1, Week 1, Lesson 1.1.2. Today we will work on your English listening and reading comprehension via 3 of our Conversation Topics for English Learners activities.

Part 1: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

English Learners, for Formal Greetings and Farewells, imagine having a conversation with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers using formal language. How would you start a conversation? What would you say?

Imagine recognizing an acquaintance at a restaurant you like. What would you say?

Imagine you’re on vacation and you notice one of your colleagues is sitting next to you, on the bus. What would you say?

Imagine you’re at a movie theater and that you notice your favorite teacher is sitting right next to you. What would you say?

Imagine you’re applying for a job and you’re interviewing for the first time with a potential employer. What would you say?

In American English, there is formal and informal language. We usually use informal language with family and friends, and use formal language with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers.

Part 2: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

Hello, English Learners. For Informal Greetings and Farewells, when you know someone very well and feel comfortable around them, you can use informal language. In English, we normally use informal language with family and friends. How would you start and end an informal conversation? What would you say?

Imagine meeting a close friend at the supermarket. What would you say?

Imagine meeting your cousin at the park. What would you say?

Imagine meeting your brother at the library of your school. What would you say?

Imagine waking up one early morning and greeting your mother who is preparing food in the kitchen. What would you say?

In American English, there is formal and informal language. We usually use informal language with family and friends, and use formal language with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers.

Part 3: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again. Finally, add a comment about what you learned from Parts 1, 2, and 3 in the comments section below.

Greetings, English Learners. During Formal Introductions, we normally introduce whoever we are together with, with the persons we meet and discuss with. This way, all the people feel welcome and connected to our discussion, and no one feels left out.

Imagine you’re at a party with your father, and you meet the mayor of your city. How would you introduce your father to the mayor? How would you introduce the mayor to your father?

Imagine you’re at a university with your sister and you meet your English professor. How would you introduce your sister to your professor? How would you introduce your professor to your sister?

Imagine you bring your parents to your job for the first time and you meet your boss. How would you introduce your parents to your boss? How would you introduce your boss to your parents?

It is of key importance that we introduce our companions with people we meet and discuss with. It is the polite thing to do.

77 thoughts on “Lesson 1.1.2 – English Lessons With Maestro Sersea”

  1. In part 1 I’m learning that we greetings and farewell in formal and informal way. We have a formal conversation with for example, acquaintances (this was a new word for me), colleagues, educators, and employers.
    In part 2, I’m learning that we can use informal language when we know the other person very well like family and friends.
    In part 3, I’m learning that there’s a polite thing to do when we are in a meeting and someone is not acquaintances for everyone. This person would be introduced for anyone in order to he doesn’t feel left out.

    1. Excellent comments Nelson. This is an interesting lesson. Acquaintance is a new word for me too. Sometimes I have used “leave taking” instead of farewell but I prefer farewell. It is important to understand that depending on the environment we are we have to use different ways to communicate our ideas.

  2. Hello.
    I would like to tell you that these information is great.
    Each of three parts helped us to understand a difference between a formal and informal conversation.
    In the part 1 show us how we have to talk with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, employees, bosses…
    In the second part people can see what kind of words we can use speaking with friends and family.
    The third part shaw us that we have to be educated people and never allow anybody fell left out of conversation.

    1. I would like to present what I learned from this lesson.
      All three parts I learned the difference between formal and informal language.
      part 1: I learned greetings and farewells of how use form and information language for instance we can use formal language people like colleagues, educators, employers and so on. while we can use informal people like families and friends.
      part 2: I learned the ways we can use informal languages.
      part 3: I learned the ways we can use the formal languages.
      thanks for your helping us all the time.

  3. Helllo

    I would tell you thank you for sending me this important lesson that shows me how to converse with people.

    From the part 1 and 2 I learn the difference between formal and informal conversation.

    the part 1 shows me how to converse with acquaintances, colleagues, employers, educators, etc

    The part 2 shows me how to speak to my family and my friends

    The part 3 is also important, it teaches me how to introduce my companion to people I meet.
    It’s a very interesting thing to learn.

    Thank you

    Mongi

  4. This part of learning is definitely important.
    For example if you want to write a letter to attorney or some instructions. You should use formal language.
    Informal language we can use for conversation between friends and family members.

    1. Larisa,
      Yes, there is an important difference between formal and informal language, and we need to remember it when communicating at work, at school, at job interviews, and in certain other situations.
      Good job!
      Maestro Sersea

  5. Good day!
    It is an honor for me to have this course, because I really gained knowledge and proper manner in dealing with some scenarios happened in our everyday life.
    Thank you Maestro Sersea!

  6. Hello!
    All three parts teach us to understand the difference between formal and informal language and when to use formal and informal language.

  7. Hello,
    These 3 parts of the lessons, taught us about informal and formal language. Part 1, learn me to have a formal language with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers, and Part 2, learn me to have an informal language with who is fleeing comfortable around me like my family and friends, But Par3, the important way to have a formal conversation and polite with someone we know him and we want to introduce him or her to someone we are respectful to him or her and I think all language is the same way. In my language, we are doing the same.
    Thank you Maestro Sersea for sharing the important Lessons.

  8. From the lessons, I have learned that we need to use formal language when se start a conversation with our acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers.
    We can use informal language to greet our familiar people like a close friend, cousin etc.
    I have also learned that it is the polite thing to introduce our companions with people whom I meet incidentally.
    Thank you.

  9. In the first part I learned that depending on our level of trust with these people we can say goodbye or greet each other in a way: informal or formal.

    In the second part, I learned in which cases informal language would be used.

    In the third part, I learned in which cases the formal language could be used.

  10. Hello
    I am Albertine from Rwanda.
    I am very happy to part of this wonderful English class.
    I am honoured to share with what I have learnt:
    In part 1 I learned formal greetings and farewell depending on who we address the conversation.
    In part 2, I learnt that we can use informal language when we are familiar with the person
    In part 3, I learnt the polite language and how we can introduced a person to whom I am familiar to an other person to whom I owe respect and vise versa.
    Thank you

    1. Albertine,
      Greetings from California, USA.
      I’m glad you are making progress and that you’re pleased with our free online American English class.
      Keep doing your best!
      Maestro Sersea

  11. Greetings Maestro Sersea
    Today I learned about formal and informal greetings and farewells.
    In part 1I learned formal greetings and farewells are used with people you´re not familiar or too close, like acquaintances, educators, employers and colleagues.
    In part 2 I learned informal greetings and farewells are used when you know the person well and feel confortable with them, like family and friends.
    In part 3 I learned that it is important to know the difference between both forms of greetings and farewells to use it appropriately to whom we refer.

  12. This lesson is very importante because we studied greetings and farewalls in formal and informal way. We use formal or informal according situation and who we’re speaking with. For example, informal with our family and friends and formal with not familiar.

  13. This lesson is very clear. For 3 parts of this lesson I learned about how, when, where and for whom we use formal and informal languages. It can be show who we are. When we use formal or informal language someone knows we are polite or impolite.
    Thank you

  14. These videos highlight the difference between formal and informal speech.
    You need to talk about the same things differently depending on the situation and environment.

      1. Thank you, Maestro Sersea
        I have just started learning English (from the beginning of this year) and it is still difficult for me. But I will try very hard 😉

        1. Tatsiana, keep learning with our American English lessons. Don’t give up – use the website translator if it becomes difficult.
          Best wishes,
          Maestro Sersea

  15. Hello,
    It was a very interesting lesson and experience.
    Thank you!
    The first part tells how to have a formal conversation with acquaintances, colleagues, educators, and employers.
    The second part tells how to have an informal conversation with family and friends.
    The third part talks about how it is very important that we introduce our comrades to the people we meet and discuss. This is a very polite thing to do.
    Best regards,
    Zoia

  16. I’ve just finished my first lesson and I loved it. The audio-videos are understandable, excellent pronunciation and, not so fast for me. It’s really hard to understand when an English native talk to us but with this tools we are gonna have the opportunity to improve our listening. Thanks a lot MAESTRO SERSEA for taking your time to help us.

    1. In this lesson I learned that we cannot talk the same way to every people. Formal language must be used when we talk to Teachers, Pastors, Lawyers, Doctors, the President ofour country, the Major of our city, etcetera.
      If I’m talking to my friends I can use informal language and it doesn’t matter because most of people feel confortable with friends.
      Thanks a lot Maestro Sersea.

    2. You are welcome, Eliseo. When I moved to the United States from Romania 38 years ago, I could not speak, write, or read in English. With hard work and determination I was able to learn English and become an English teacher here in California. The more effort and motivation you put in learning English, the better speaker you become.
      Best wishes,
      Maestro Sersea

      1. That’s amazing Maestro Sersea, to know that 38 years ago, when I was born, you moved to the United States. You are a good teacher, I can notice it. Let me tell you that I’ve been studing English and I guess I’ve learned a lot but when I talk no native English speakers or someone living in the United States or a in a country with English as the primary language, I feel that I don’t know nothing. I’ve studied with honduran teachers and they’ve helped me a lot but now I’m really happy to be here learning from you, I’m sure I´ll learn a lot and when I finish this “training” I’ll be able to talk to a native English speaker with confidence in my English pronunciation.

        God bless you Maestro Sersea.

        1. Thank you, Eliseo. In Romania I didn’t have very good teachers, but I was lucky to have teachers who motivated me to be at my best here in the United States.
          Best wishes,
          Maestro Sersea

  17. Hello learners, in first part of lesson 1.1.2 I learned that there are a formal language and an informal language. In second part I learned how to say when we meet colleges, employees, professors and when we meet one friend or a member of family. In part three l learned how to introduce someone to another person. Thanks teacher.

  18. Hello, I´m Maria José. In this lesson i have learned that is diferent to comunicate with a familiar person that a person who has a job relation or a unkonw person. The use of the lenguaje is diferent in each case.
    Thanks.

    1. Maria Jose,
      Thank you for paying close attention to this lesson. Indeed, the use of language is quite different between formal and informal communication.
      Best wishes,
      Maestro Sersea

  19. The greeting and farewell In American English is
    -formal language for (acquaintance, colleagues, educated, employee),so that we introduce ourself with compassion with the person we meet and discuss with
    -informal language for(friend and family),so we introducer whoever we are together with person we know very well and comfortable

  20. Thank you Maestro Serse for this wonderful American English language course. Very interesting and explained in detail. In these lessons I learned the differences between formal and informal conversation and hopefully improved my knowledge.

  21. Hallo dear Teacher Sersea. For this lesson I learned about Formal and informal languages were used for greetings and farewell and Introduction. We use formal language for greetings and farewell to aquaetances, colleagues, educators, and employers. Informal greetings and farewell for family and friends. Then introduction as well. And one point important is how to start and end formal and informal greetings and farewell also an introduction. Thank you.

  22. It is very important to know how to talk in different situations.
    WQhen to use informal and formal language. Thank you.

  23. After watching these videos, I noticed that there are 2 types of greeting_ formal and informal. These lessons explained when and how we can use formal and informal greeting. Thanks!

  24. Hello,
    In this lesson I learned that there are two types of speaking in english: formal and informal.
    Part 1 shows to me how to converse to colleagues, employer, ect
    Part 2 indicates to me how to speak to friends, family,eat
    Part 3 I learned how to introduce someone to another people.
    Thank you!

  25. I learned from this lesson that we need to speak in formal language with family and friends and in informal language with others.
    We also need to introduce our friends to the people we meet.
    thank you.

  26. Hello! Greeting from Belarus! In this call I learned two main things: 1) there is a difference between formal and informal greetings and farewells; 2) it is a very important to introduce your companion to your acquaintances which you are meeted in right way

  27. I have learned in this lessons the importance of informal and formal conversations.In this way, we are able to use the proper conversations to different person.

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