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)

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 Phrases for Talking about Statistics

1. The crime rate rose.2. The crime rate went up.3. There was a sharp increase in crime. (sharp = sudden and large)4. There was a gradual rise in crime.5. There was a spike in crime. (spike = a sudden increase and then decrease)6. The crime rate reached its peak. (peak = the highest point)7. The…

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].

10 Ways to Respond to “Thank You”

1. You’re welcome.2. No problem.3. No worries.4. Don’t mention it.5. My pleasure.6. Anytime.7. It was the least I could do.8. Glad to help.9. Sure!10. Thank you. (use this when you ALSO have something to thank the other person for)

10 Ways to Say Something is Interesting/Boring

1. It’s fascinating.2. It’s intriguing.3. I couldn’t tear myself away.4. I couldn’t put it down. (this phrase is used for en extremely interesting book)5. I was so into it, I lost track of time.6. It does nothing for me.7. I was bored to tears.8. I was bored to death.9. I was dying of boredom.10. It’s…

10 Phrases for Talking About TV

1. Where’s the remote? (remote = remote control)2. Is there anything good on?3. Can I change the channel?4. I’ve already seen this episode.5. This is a rerun. (rerun = an old episode that was already shown on TV previously)6. I love this show!7. There are too many commercials.8. Stop channel-surfing. (channel-surfing = changing the channel…

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 Good Luck & Bad Luck

1. Good luck!2. Better luck next time. (say this after someone fails, and you hope they do better next time)3. Just my luck! (this is a sarcastic phrase meaning that something UNLUCKY happened)4. Lucky you!5. That was a stroke of luck. (= a sudden event of good luck)6. Some people have all the luck. (say…

10 Words for Describing Speaking

1. He yelled.2. She screamed.3. I whispered. (= spoke in an extremely quiet voice)4. We chatted. (= had an informal conversation)5. He mumbled. (= spoke in a low voice, not clearly, without opening his mouth much)6. My kids whined. (= complained)7. He rambled. / He went on and on. (= talked too much without stopping)8….

5 Ways to Make a Suggestion

1. How about… [ex. trying something new]?2. Why don’t you… [ex. talk to your boss]?3. Maybe we should… [ex. do more research].4. I’d recommend… [ex. going to the doctor].5. Have you thought about… [ex. buying a new computer]?

10 Ways to Say You Don’t Believe Someone

1. Yeah, right.2. You’re kidding.3. You’re pulling my leg.4. That’s a bit of an exaggeration.5. He’s stretching the truth.6. He’s not telling the whole truth.7. She’s being economical with the truth. (= she’s lying or not telling the entire truth)8. His story is fishy.9. That’s an outright lie.10. That’s a pack of lies.

5 Phrases for Hot Weather

1. It’s nice and warm today.2. It’s absolutely boiling! (boiling = extremely hot)3. We’re having a real heat wave. (heat wave = many consecutive days of hot weather)4. The sun’s really strong today.5. It’s hot and humid.

10 Ways to Ask How Someone Is

1. How are you?2. How’s it going?3. How ya doin’?4. How are things?5. How’s life?6. How have you been?7. How’s your family?8. What’s up?9. What’s new?10. What have you been up to lately?

10 Ways to Say You’re Tired

1. I’m exhausted.2. I’m dead tired.3. I’m pooped.4. I’m spent.5. I’m beat.6. I’m running on fumes. / I’m running on empty.7. I can hardly keep my eyes open.8. I’m off to bed.9. I’m gonna hit the sack. (hit the sack = go to bed)10. It’s bedtime for me.

10 Phrases for Disagreeing

1. I don’t think so.2. I beg to differ.3. I’m afraid I don’t agree.4. I’m not so sure about that.5. That’s not how I see it.6. Not necessarily.7. Yes, but… [say your opinion]8. On the contrary.9. (very informal) No way!10. (very strong) I totally disagree.

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 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)

10 Phrases for Remembering, Reminding, & Forgetting

1. I’ll always remember… / I’ll never forget…2. If I remember correctly… / As far as I can recall…3. I have a vague recollection of…4. It’s on the tip of my tongue. (=I’m trying to remember, but I can’t quite remember)5. My mind went blank. (= I couldn’t remember/think of anything)6. It doesn’t ring a…

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 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 Talking about the Future

1. It’ll happen any day now.2. It’s right around the corner.3. …in the near future.4. It will/won’t happen in our lifetime. (= in the next 40-50 years)5. It’s a sign/taste of things to come. (= it indicates how things will be in the future)6. I’m counting down the days until… (= I’m excited about the…

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 Shopping

1. Do you have… ?2. Where can I find… ?3. I’m just browsing. (browsing = looking casually)4. I’m looking for…5. How much is this?6. Is this on sale?7. Can I try it on? (use this to ask if you can put on clothing to see if it’s the right size)8. I’ll take it!9. Do you…

5 Ways to Interrupt Someone

1. Sorry to interrupt, but…2. Excuse me – could I talk to you for a minute? / do you have a minute? (when interrupting a conversation between two other people, to talk to one of them)3. Could I jump in here? (use this when interrupting a discussion among many people)4. Sorry – I just want…

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 Saying Something is Easy & Difficult

1. It’s a piece of cake.2. It’s a cinch.3. It’s a breeze.4. Anyone can do it.5. There’s nothing to it.6. It’s hard.7. It’s a bit tricky.8. It’s really tough.9. It’s not a walk in the park.10. It’s very demanding. (= it takes a lot of time and energy)

10 Phrases for Asking for Information

1. Can you tell me…?2. Could you tell me…?3. I’d like to know…4. Do you know…5. Do you have any idea…?6. Could anyone tell me…? (use this phrase when asking a group of people)7. Would you happen to know…?8. I don’t suppose you (would) know…?9. I was wondering…10. I’m calling to find out… (use this…