10 Phrases for Telephone Calls

1. Hi, this is Jane.2. (formal) May I speak with John Smith?3. (informal) Is John there?4. I’m calling about…5. I’m returning your call.6. (formal) One moment, please.7. (informal) Hang on a sec.8. He’s not here. Would you like to leave a message?9. Could you ask him to call me back?10. Thanks for calling.

10 Phrases for Introductions

1. I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m… [your name]2. I don’t think we’ve met before. My name’s… [your name]3. This is…4. I’d like you to meet…5. Have you met… ?6. I’d like to introduce you to…7. Nice to meet you.8. It’s a pleasure to meet you.9. Likewise.10. And you.#1 and #2 are used to…

10 Phrases for Drinking (Alcohol)

1. It’s on me. (= I’ll buy you a drink)2. I’d like to make a toast. (= I’d like to honor a person/event/idea)3. Here’s to… (your health / the New Year / our success)!4. Another round of drinks, please.5. Put it on my tab. (tab = bill to pay later, before you leave)6. He’s a…

5 Ways to End a Conversation Politely

1. It was nice chatting with you.2. Well, it’s getting late.3. Anyway, I should get going.4. (formal) Sorry, but I’m afraid I need to…5. I’m sorry to cut you off, but I actually gotta run. (cut you off = interrupt you)

5 Ways to Make & Respond to an Offer

1. (more formal) Would you like a drink?2. (informal) Do you want some water?3. Can I get you something to eat?4. That’d be great, thanks.(= yes)5. No, thanks. I’m OK.(= no)

10 Phrases for Compliments

1. You look nice. / You look amazing!2. What a beautiful [necklace/dress/etc.]!3. I like your [shirt/shoes/haircut/etc.]4. The lasagna is delicious.5. You’re a fantastic cook.6. My compliments to the chef!7. What a nice apartment!8. You have a beautiful home.9. He’s/She’s so cute!10. Your kids are a lot of fun.#1-3 are used for complimenting a person’s appearance…

15 Phrases for Certainty & Probability

1. I’m absolutely sure.2. I’m positive that…3. I have no doubt that…4. I’m a hundred percent certain.5. I’m convinced that…6. Chances are that… (= this will probably happen)7. Odds are that… (= this will probably happen)8. I seriously doubt it.9. I don’t think so.10. Probably not.11. It’s not very likely.12. There’s not much chance of…

10 Phrases for Facial Expressions

1. She was beaming. (= she had a big, radiant smile)2. The kids were smiling from ear to ear.3. He looked puzzled. (= confused)4. She grinned. (= had a small smile)5. He winced when the doctor gave him an injection. (= had a quick expression of pain)6. She gave me a dirty look. (= looked…

10 Phrases for Worries & Relief

1. I’m scared that…2. I can’t help thinking that… (use this for thoughts that you try to avoid, but they keep coming into your mind)3. It’s been keeping me up at night. (use this when you’re so worried about something that you can’t sleep)4. What if… ?5. Whew!6. Thank goodness!7. What a relief!8. You had…

5 Ways to Say Someone is Stupid

1. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.2. She’s a few cards short of a deck.3. He’s a bit slow.4. She’s a complete idiot.5. He’s really dumb.

5 Ways to Say Someone is Correct

1. That’s right.2. That’s spot on.3. You’ve hit the nail on the head. / You’ve nailed it.4. I suppose so. (use this when you agree, but you are not completely convinced)5. I’m afraid you’re right. (use this in response to bad news, to say the bad news is correct)

10 Phrases for Telling Someone to Wait

1. Could you give me a minute?2. (informal) Hang on a sec / Just a sec.3. Hold on…4. Let me see/think…5. I’ll be right with you.6. Bear with me.7. That’ll have to wait.8. Be patient.9. Not so fast!10. Hold your horses!#9 and #10 are used for cautioning someone to wait and not make a bad…

10 Phrases for Bad Travel Experiences

1. My flight was overbooked. (overbooked = there were too many passengers and not enough seats)2. My flight was delayed/canceled.3. My luggage was lost.4. I was jet-lagged. (= I felt tired because of the time zone difference between my origin and destination)5. My hotel was in a seedy area. (seedy = possibly unsafe)6. I was…

10 Phrases for Decisions

1. I’m debating between… [option A and option B]2. I can’t make up my mind.3. I’m on the fence. (= I’m in the middle, I don’t know what to decide)4. I’ll take that into consideration.5. On the other hand…6. I’m having second thoughts. (= I’m reconsidering my decision)7. I changed my mind.8. He convinced/persuaded me…

10 Phrases for Talking about Food

1. I’m starving! (= I’m very hungry)2. Let’s grab a bite to eat.3. How about eating out tonight? (eat out = eat at a restaurant)4. I brought some snacks.5. This soup is delicious!6. Could I have another helping of… [potatoes]? (another helping = another portion)7. I’ll have… (use this phrase for ordering in a restaurant)8….

10 Phrases for Describing Relationships

1. I’m single.2. I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.3. We’re engaged. (= going to get married)4. We’re getting married in June.5. I’m married.6. I’ve been married for… [10 years].7. I’m divorced.8. I’m widowed. (= my husband/wife has died)9. I’m not looking for anything serious.10. I’m not quite over my ex. (= I still have feelings for my…

10 Expressions for Bad People

1. He’s a creep. (= unpleasant, suspicious, makes you afraid/uneasy)2. He’s a pervert. (= someone with disgusting sexual tendencies)3. He’s a sicko.4. He’s a scumbag.5. He’s an asshole.6. He’s a jerk.7. He’s a bastard.8. She’s a bitch. (= she’s irritating and unpleasant)9. She’s a psycho. (= crazy, irrational)10. She’s a slut. (= she has sex…

10 Phrases for Estimating & Guessing

1. If I had to take a guess, I’d say… [she’s about 35 years old].2. It’s difficult to say, but I think… [our customers are more satisfied].3. Off the top of my head, I’d say… [the company has 500 employees]. (= what I remember/estimate, without checking the actual statistics)4. It’s about… [10 miles away].5. It’s…

5 Phrases for Complaining

1. I’m not happy about this.2. I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.3. I’m not very satisfied with… [ex. this product / this situation]4. (informal) I can’t stand it when… [ex. the internet is slow]5. (informal) This sucks.

10 Ways to Say Thank You

1. Thanks.2. Thanks a lot.3. Thank you so much.4. Thanks a million!5. Thanks for your help. / Thanks for helping me.6. I really appreciate it.7. I’m really grateful.8. That’s so kind of you.9. I can’t thank you enough. (for extremely important things)10. I owe you one. (this means you want/need to do a favor for…

10 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question

1. No comment.2. I’m not at liberty to say. (= I don’t have permission to give the information)3. Wait and see. (= you will discover the answer later)4. Let me get back to you. (= I will give you the answer later)5. I’m sorry, that’s confidential.6. I’m sorry, that’s personal.7. I’d rather not talk about…

10 Phrases for Agreeing

1. Exactly.2. Absolutely.3. That’s so true.4. That’s for sure.5. I agree 100%6. I couldn’t agree with you more.7. That’s exactly what I think. / That’s exactly how I feel.8. (informal) Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!9. (informal) I’ll say!10. I suppose so. (use this phrase for weak agreement – you agree, but reluctantly)Note:…

5 Phrases for Cold Weather

1. It’s a little chilly.2. It’s freezing. (= extremely cold)3. The temperature’s dropping.4. Make sure to bundle up. (bundle up = put on warm clothes for protection against the cold)5. We’re expecting some winter weather. (winter weather = snow, hail, sleet, ice, etc.)

10 Phrases to Describe Offending or Upsetting People

1. They got off on the wrong foot. (= when they first met, they didn’t get along)2. He got on the teacher’s bad side.3. She took offense at his comment.4. He has a chip on his shoulder. (= he is easily offended)5. She got bent out of shape.6. He left in a huff.7. She got…

10 Phrases You’ll Hear in the Airport

1. Do you have any bags to check?2. Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat? (aisle = corridor)3. Here’s your boarding pass. (boarding pass = the paper that permits you to enter the plane)4. Your flight leaves from gate 15.5. Your seat number is 8F.6. Flight 800 is now boarding. (boarding =…

5 Phrases for Talking about Rain

1. It’s drizzling. (= raining lightly)2. It’s pouring. (= raining heavily)3. It’s raining cats and dogs. (= raining heavily)4. I got caught in a downpour.5. I think the rain’s letting up. (letting up = getting lighter and stopping)

5 Phrases for Promises & Resolutions

1. I really should…2. I promise that I’ll…3. I swear I’ll / I won’t… (a very strong promise)4. No matter what happens, I’m going to…5. Come hell or high water, I’ll…#4 and #5 express your determination to do something, even if obstacles appear.

5 Ways to Respond to an Apology

1. That’s OK.2. It happens.3. No problem.4. Don’t worry about it.5. I forgive you. (for serious problems)

5 Ways to Ask Someone Else to Do Something

1. (more formal) Would you mind… [opening the window]?2. Could you please… [turn off the lights]?3. (informal) Can you… [pass me the chicken]?4. Please… [send me the information].5. I’d appreciate it if you could… [wash the dishes].