Is "hi" more American than British ?
Is it more serious for a teacher to say "Hello" to her pupils ?
Is there any difference between "hi" and "hello" ?
Don't mention it.
Simon was refering to your "many thanks". "Don't mention it" is a frequent reply.
"Hello" is formal, while "hi" is casual. This would depend on the relationship of the teacher with his/her students.
I just looked up ''hi'' in the dictionary and it gave the definition hello.
Still, "hello" isn't as formal as "greetings", "salutations", "good day", "good morning", "god ye good den", etc.
I think that "hello" is one of those words that have no formal or informal connotation. It can be used to greet both your friends at school and guests at a corporate dinner party. Same with "top of the morning to you".
thanks Simon, mjd and A.S.C.M.
Plus you can't answer the phone with hi.
Good point about the phone. Sometimes I use "Hi". thanks.
Are you an English teacher ?
There was someone once that actually told me that ''hi'' isn't really a word. I don't believe them.
Perhaps they consider 'hi' as an interjection.
To me, it's just like 'hello' so it's a word.
They said that you couldn't use that word in Scrabble because it wasn't really a word. I don't believe them.
Did you know that Alexandre Graham Bell (who invented the telephone) considered the correct way to answer a phone to say "Ahoy! Ahoy!"?
There was one person I heard answer the phone with ''what's up''.