To begin, here’s a simple action: greeting someone!

I said, “Hi, Hailey Jo.”

There are endless ways in which we greet each other with speech.

“There you are, Gobgap!” said the tiger.

“Good evening customers,” a tinny voice said over the store’s PA.

Write a simple variation where one character greets another.

Meme of Fry from Futurama not knowing where to put punctuation

Dialogue punctuation can be finicky, so here's a handy guide.