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?

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 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 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 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…

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.

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 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…

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 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…

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 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 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 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 Ways to Ask How Someone Is

1. How are you?2. How’s it going?3. How ya doin’?4. How are things?5. How’s life?6. How have you been?7. How’s your family?8. What’s up?9. What’s new?10. What have you been up to lately?

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 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 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)

5 Phrases for Complaining

1. I’m not happy about this.2. I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.3. I’m not very satisfied with… [ex. this product / this situation]4. (informal) I can’t stand it when… [ex. the internet is slow]5. (informal) This sucks.

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 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 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…

10 Phrases for Compliments

1. You look nice. / You look amazing!2. What a beautiful [necklace/dress/etc.]!3. I like your [shirt/shoes/haircut/etc.]4. The lasagna is delicious.5. You’re a fantastic cook.6. My compliments to the chef!7. What a nice apartment!8. You have a beautiful home.9. He’s/She’s so cute!10. Your kids are a lot of fun.#1-3 are used for complimenting a person’s appearance…