When someone wishes you on a New Year, Says Happy Diwali or Greets you on special days, the general response is ‘ Same To You’ OR ‘Wish You The Same’. Is that the only response you know when someone greets you or sends you an SMS message. In this English Speaking practice lesson you will learn 15 better responses to greetings and wishes in English. I am sure you would love this spoken English lesson and learn some better English phrases to respond to English greetings.
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So many festivals come and go… So many times of the year we have so many festivals when people are wishing us, “hey, happy this…”, “hey, happy that…” People are complimenting, us people are greeting us and in such a situation when somebody greets us or compliments us first we end up saying, “same to you”. This is what today’s lesson is about, hi everyone my name is Hridhaan, in this lesson we will understand why do people use “same to you” and how same to you can be replaced with other phrases, interesting phrases that we have in English language. When somebody compliments you and greets you such as if somebody says, “have a great day”, people end up saying, ‘same to you’ and I think it has become quite boring in our world today because everybody has to say the same thing, not only that you do you actually sound uninterested in the conversation. Besides that what we need to do is use some very interesting phrases, for example the first phrase that we have in the lesson today is, “back at you”. What is ‘back at you’? Imagine somebody says, ‘a happy new year’, you end up saying, ‘back at you’. That means I have the same wishes for you. This is one phrase that is really interesting. Don’t you think that same to you in comparison with back at you is so not right? So I think you should use back at you. The next one in the list is, “right back at you, have a great day” If somebody is wishing you for a day that hey man, have a great day ahead, you end up saying to that person, “right back at you” that means I exactly feel the same for you and I hope that you also end up having what you have wished me and that is right back at you, straight in the direction of you, sending you all the positivity. This is right back at you which you can use in replacement of same to you. The next one in the list is, “you stole my greetings”. Probably what the person said is what you wanted to say as well as a compliment or a greeting for New Year or any other festival. For example, ‘happy Holi’ or ‘happy Diwali’ then in that situation you can say, “you stole my greetings”, I wish the same for you as well, may you have a happy festival. And it’s a good idea you say it with a bright smile, because that’s very, very important as it is a very sweet phrase. The next one that we have in the list is, “wow I don’t know what to say, you two have the same time”. Probably you’re going on a vacation and the person who knows you, who knows the fact that you’re going on a vacation, is a wishing and has given to you amazing wishes for having a good time on the vacation. So you feel emotional and you end up saying to the person, “I don’t know what to say, thank you very much, I hope wherever you go on the vacation you too have the same time.” So the most important one here is, ‘I don’t know what to say…’ that means you’re just startled. Startled means that you’re just so, you’re surprised and you’re so emotionally happy for what the person has wished for you. Imagine that you have a very important conference and your friend calls up especially to tell you that you’re going to do great and you end up saying, ‘wow, I don’t know what to say, thanks for the motivation.’ The next one is, “the feeling is mutual”. For example if the person, you went on a coffee with that person and that person says ‘hey, it was really nice meeting you’, in such a situation what do you end up saying to that person? If you think that you have the same feeling it is a very nice phrase that you can use, let’s say on a WhatsApp message, you can just simply write, not ‘same to you’ but you can say, ‘the feeling is mutual’ that means I have the same feeling as what you have expressed about our meeting, very nice phrase. The next one in the list is “ditto! Have an awesome holiday”. If you’re going on vacation and the person ends up saying, have an awesome holiday and that person again is going on a holiday you say, “ditto” that means ‘same to same’, whatever you have wished me goes to you as well, that means absolutely same, if you’re saying have an awesome holiday, I end up saying, “ditto, you too have an awesome holiday as well.” I think ‘ditto’ is an amazing replacement for ‘same to you’, so end up saying ‘ditto’ please in your daily life. Next one is “appreciate that, thanks a ton”. I think it’s a very nice and polite way of saying same to same. That means you appreciate, you respect the fact that the person took time to compliment you or to greet you, for example if the person said, “hey, I think you look really good today” then you say, not ‘same to you’ in that, if the person is not looking like that, you can just simply say, “I appreciate that”, that means I really respect and recognize the fact, acknowledged the fact that you have taken time to wish me and ‘thanks a lot’, just the normal thanks would do as well. Come on, let’s look at the next one, the next one is, “same applies to you” as well, that means whatever you have said to me, absolutely same as ‘same to you’ whatever you have said to me, it goes exactly in the same manner to you as well. For example if somebody says, “you delivered a very nice presentation” and there were a lot of other colleagues who delivered presentations that day, the person ends up saying not same to you, but same applies to you as well. Let’s look at the last one on the slide and that is, “I wish the same to you”. Quite nice and formal way of speaking English when it comes to saying ‘same to you’. For example if a colleague messages you on a festival let’s say Diwali, and the colleague says, “Happy New Year, wishing you all the best for the year coming ahead”, you can say, ‘I wish the same to you too thank you very much” the next one in the list is “likewise man” or “likewise girl”. Now man and girl are quite informal phrases you can change it with whatever you have to say, may be the name of a person, you can say “likewise Hridhaan”, for that matter. For example, if somebody says, “hey, I think I had a wonderful time with you on our holiday” then you can say, “likewise man” or “likewise girl”, which means I think I’ve had the same equal pleasure of spending that beautiful time with you, so that is ‘likewise man’ or ‘likewise girl’. Let’s look at some more in the list, the next one is, “that’s the best I could get for the day, hoping alike for you too”. Imagine there are two people who are going on for an interview and is the first interview of their life, right after college and one of the friends says to the other, “hey I wish you’d you definitely crack this interview” you definitely get the seat on this job, so the person says, the person becomes emotional and the person says, “that’s the best I could get for the day hoping alike for you too”, that means this is the best thing that somebody could say to me on this very day because it’s one of the most important days of my life and I hope you get the same thing as well, ‘I hope the same’, ‘alike’ means ‘same’ for you. Let’s now look at the next one, the next one is, “aren’t you the sweetest?” it’s very sweet, it’s a very sweet phrase of actually responding to a compliment or a greeting. Instead of saying, ‘same to you’, ‘same to you’ all the time, you can just simply tell the person, appreciate how sweet it is on the person’s part to take time out to probably greet you on something or compliment you on something. So we end up saying, “aren’t you the sweetest?” ‘Aren’t you the sweetest, thank you very, very much’. This was about, ‘aren’t you the sweetest’. Next one is “ah! Loved to hear that, you are you are quadruple times more”. For example if somebody says, “hey, you are looking great today.” You can say, “Ah! Loved to hear that,” it was very important because you did take a lot of efforts in getting ready for the day and you actually add another very interesting thing to the response you say, “you are quadruple times more”. ‘Quadruple’ means you’re looking ‘four times’ more beautiful, four times more of anything that you have to talk about. You can just simply say, ‘you’re quadruple times more gorgeous’, ‘you’re quadruple times…’, ‘sending you good luck quadruple times more’, that means four times more. This is a very interesting one that I like to use personally. Let’s look at the last one in the list and that is, “Y’huh! I wish the best for you too”. So the person is saying, ‘hey, all the best for your future endeavours’ and you’re saying, “Y’huh! All the best for you too”, ‘I wish the best for you too’. This was all about using “same to you” in many other different ways. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and also remember to use these phrases in your daily lives or on WhatsApp or spoken communication when it comes to speaking English fluently. Thank you very much for being with me and have a great day ahead.