Tired of saying “good morning”?



It has always amused or annoyed me (depending on the mood) how some students can walk into the classroom for the first lesson of the day without even saying good morning to those present. They head to their favourite chair, sit down, take out their phone and have a silent conversation with its screen. I can understand that the person might not feel like talking to anyone so early in the day. However, something as basic as good morning doesn’t cost much energy to say.

To be clear, most do utter this greeting and I happily return it, even if it is harder when the morning falls on a Monday. In my 25 years of teaching, I must have said it tens of thousands of times. Now surely, in a language which is so rich in vocabulary, there must be another way of saying this classic greeting. In fact, folks, there is. To be clear, it is not at all common and probably many native speakers wouldn’t know it if you said it to them. That, though, is no excuse not to use it. If anything, it might be the start of an interesting conversation! From personal experience, I can say that I’ve seen it in written form a few times and once or twice heard it on the radio or TV. So, next time, instead of good morning, use …

GOOD FORENOON


Over to you …

Do you have different options for good morning in your languages? What are they and what is the word-for-word translation?

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