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… ?

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…

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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…

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…

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 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 Ways to Say Thank You

1. Thanks.2. Thanks a lot.3. Thank you so much.4. Thanks a million!5. Thanks for your help. / Thanks for helping me.6. I really appreciate it.7. I’m really grateful.8. That’s so kind of you.9. I can’t thank you enough. (for extremely important things)10. I owe you one. (this means you want/need to do a favor for…

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 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…

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…

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 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 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 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…

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?