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 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….

10 Ways to Talk About Price

1. It cost a fortune.2. It cost an arm and a leg.3. That’s a rip-off. (= overpriced; far more expensive than it should be)4. I can’t afford it. (= I don’t have enough money to buy it)5. That’s a bit pricey.6. That’s quite reasonable. (= it’s a good price)7. It’s 20% off. (= there’s a…

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 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…

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…

6 Phrases for Talking About Future Plans

1. I’m going to…2. I’m planning to…3. I hope to…4. I’d like to…5. I might… / I may… Click here for the difference between may and might6. I’m thinking about… Click here for the different prepositions to use after “think”

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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…

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:…

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 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 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…

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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…

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…

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…