Useful Vocabulary & Phrases

Introductions

This is my…
I’d like to introduce you to…
May I introduce…?
Have you met…?

Work

She is a (job)
She works as a (job)
She works for (company)
She works in (sector)
We work together
We used to work together
We know each other through work

Other Background

She was…
She’s going to be…(+ position)
She’s going to be (do) ing…
She’s a keen (golfer)

Compliments

She’s a big fan of yours

Polite Responses

Pleased to meet you
It’s a pleasure to meet you
It’s a pleasure
How do you do? (*this is a rhetorical question used to mean ‘hello’)
I’ve heard a lot about you
(person x) speaks very highly of you
(if introduced overly formally) Please, call me (first name)

Polite Responses: Questions

So how do you know (person x)?
What is your relationship to (person x)? (*very formal)
So what brings you to (this place)?

Dialogues

Dialogue 1

“Peter, this is my fiancee Alicia. She works in IT. Alicia, this is Peter. He’s a computer programmer.”
“Pleased to meet you.”
“Hello.”

Dialogue 2

“Martin, come here. I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Jackson, my old physics teacher.”
“How do you do?”
“It’s a pleasure.”
“So how do you know Anthony?”
“Oh, we were college roommates. And you were his teacher? That must have been hard work.”
“No harder than any other student. Actually he was quite bright.”
“So where did it all go wrong?”

Dialogue 3

“Dave, this is my mum. Mum, this is Dave.”
“Hello Mrs Brannigan.”
“Hello Dave. Please, call me Jude.”
“Very well. Pleased to meet you Jude.”
“And how do you know my daughter?”
“Oh, I guess we’re friends. We have a class together.”
“Friends? Is that all?”
“Mum! You’re embarrassing me!”

Dialogue 4

“Mr. Van Keefe, may I introduce you to Mrs. Portia Hadley.”
“How do you do Mrs. Hadley?”
“Oh please, call me Portia.”
“Very well. And what brings you to Scunthorpe Portia?”
“I’m here to meet my son, Thomas.”
“Oh, you’re Thomas Hadley’s mother. I’ve heard so much about you.”
“All of it good, I hope.”
“Of course. The boys speak very highly of you.”