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.

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…

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 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 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].

5 Ways to Say Someone is Wrong

1. I’m afraid that’s not quite right.2. I’m afraid you’re mistaken.3. No, you’ve got it wrong.4. No, that’s all wrong.5. (informal – rude) Baloney. / Bullshit.

10 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes

1. I love… [soccer]2. I’m really into… [soccer]3. I live for… [soccer]4. [soccer] is my thing.5. I’m crazy about… [soccer]6. I’m not a huge fan of… [modern art]7. [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea.8. I don’t really care for… [modern art]9. I’m not into… [modern art]10. I can’t stand… [modern art] (this phrase expresses…

5 Phrases for Responding to Bad News

1. Oh no…2. That’s terrible.3. Poor you. (Use this to respond to bad situations that are not too serious)4. I’m so sorry to hear that.5. I’m sorry for your loss. (Use this only if someone has died)

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…

15 Phrases for Being Rich & Poor

1. He’s short on cash.2. He’s broke. (= he has no money)3. His bank account is overdrawn.4. He’s just scraping by. (= he is just barely surviving on little money)5. He makes minimum wage. (= he earns the minimum salary)6. He’s pinching pennies.7. He’s scrimping and saving.8. She’s very wealthy.9. She’s quite well-off.10. She’s loaded.11….

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 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 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 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]?

5 Phrases for Apologizing

1. I’m sorry that… [ex. I was so rude yesterday]2. It’s my fault. (= I am taking responsibility for the problem)3. Oops, sorry.(for very small problems)4. I should have… [ex. called you and told you I’d be late]5. (formal) I apologize for… [ex. the delay]

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)

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 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…

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 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 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 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 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 Phrases for Invitations

1. Are you free… [Saturday night?]2. Are you doing anything… [Saturday night?]3. Let me check my calendar.4. (informal) Do you wanna… [see a movie?]5. (formal) Would you like to… [join me for dinner?]6. I’d love to!7. Sounds great!8. I’d love to, but I have another commitment.9. I don’t think I can.10. Maybe another time.

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 Cheering Someone Up

1. What’s the matter?2. What’s wrong?3. Are you all right?4. You look a bit down. (= a little sad)5. Is there anything I can do to help?6. Cheer up! / Chin up!7. It’s not so bad.8. Everything will be OK.9. Look on the bright side. (= consider the positive aspects)10. It’s not the end of…

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)