Friends and family members greet each other with a simple "Привет".
for those who want to 'Copy'+'Paste' :
- Привет, Эмили.
- Привет, мам.
Use "Здравствуйте" with people you barely know, with much older folks (unless they are your relatives) or with government officials.
- Здравствуйте, мисс Наталия.
- Здравствуй, Эмили.
Remember, "Practice makes perfect".
Your e-mails with questions and comments are welcome.
If you are brave enough, you can e-mail me an audio file with your greeting in Russian. I'll play it on the next show.