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…

15 Comparative Idioms

1. It’s as light as a feather.2. It’s as dry as a bone.3. It’s as flat as a pancake.4. He’s as mad as a hornet.5. It’s as old as the hills.6. It’s as quick as lightning.7. She’s as sick as a dog.8. He’s as strong as an ox.9. They’re as different as night and day.10….

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…

5 Ways to Ask for Clarification

1. Pardon?(if you didn’t hear or understand what the person said)2. Would you mind repeating that?3. What do you mean?(asking for more information)4. I’m not sure I follow you.(= I don’t understand)5. Could you explain… ?

5 Phrases for Not Having an Opinion

1. I’ve never given it much thought.2. I don’t have strong feelings either way.3. It doesn’t make any difference to me.4. I have no opinion on the matter.5. (very informal) Whatever.

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:…

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 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…

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….

5 Ways to Ask for Help

1. I need a little help.2. Could you help me out?3. Could you give me a hand? (usually used for physical tasks)4. Could you spare a couple minutes?5. Could you do me a favor?

5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart

1. He’s really sharp.2. She’s brilliant.3. He’s very bright.4. She’s a genius.5. He’s a smart cookie.

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 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 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 Asking for Someone’s Opinion & Giving Your Opinion

1. What do you think about…?2. How do you feel about…?3. What’s your opinion of…?4. What are your views on…?5. In my opinion…6. I’d say…7. Personally, I think/believe…8. If you ask me…9. The way I see it…10. From my point of view…

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 Ways to Say Someone’s Talented

1. She was born to… [dance]. 2. He’s a natural. 3. She could do it in her sleep. 4. He knows it inside out. 5. She knows [New York] like the back of her hand. 6. She’s a walking encyclopedia of… [philosophy]. 7. He’s in a class of his own. 8. He’s the best in…

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…

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 Excuses for Being Late

1. Sorry I’m late.2. I overslept. (= I slept longer than I should have)3. My alarm didn’t go off.4. I had to wait ages for a bus. (ages = a very long time)5. The bus was late.6. The traffic was terrible.7. I couldn’t find a parking spot.8. I got lost coming here.9. I was tied…

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 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…

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 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…

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…

5 Ways to Say “I don’t know”

1. I have no idea/clue.2. I can’t help you there.3. (informal) Beats me.4. I’m not really sure.5. I’ve been wondering that, too.

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.

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 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]

10 Ways to Say How You Are

1. I’m fine, thanks. How about you?2. Pretty good.3. Not bad.4. Great!5. Couldn’t be better!6. Can’t complain.7. I’ve been busy.8. Same as always.9. Not so great.10. Could be better.