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 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 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 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…

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…

7 Phrases for Disappointment

1. What a pity!2. What a shame.3. How disappointing.4. That’s too bad.5. Bummer.6. It was a real letdown.7. It didn’t live up to my expectations.

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 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…

10 Ways to Encourage Someone

1. Keep up the good work!2. That was a nice try. (say this after someone made a good effort but failed)3. That’s a real improvement.4. You’re on the right track.5. You’ve almost got it.6. You’re doing great.7. Don’t give up! / Hang in there!(when someone is currently having difficulties)8. You can do it!9. Give it…

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 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 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 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 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 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…

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?

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 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 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 Asking/Talking about Jobs

1. Where do you work?2. What do you do? / What do you do for a living?3. I work at… [Microsoft].4. I’m a/an… [accountant].5. I’m unemployed. / I’m between jobs at the moment.6. I’m looking for work.7. I’m a stay-at-home mom/dad.8. I run my own business.9. I’m a freelance… [writer/designer/etc.]10. I’m retired.

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.)

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 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…

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 Expressions about Age

1. She’s in her early twenties. (=20-23 years old)2. He’s in his late thirties. (=37-39 years old)3. She just turned six.4. Act your age! (use this when an adult is being immature, acting like a child)5. I’m not as young as I used to be.6. I’m not over the hill yet! (over the hill =…

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 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 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)

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)