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].

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes

1. I love… [soccer]2. I’m really into… [soccer]3. I live for… [soccer]4. [soccer] is my thing.5. I’m crazy about… [soccer]6. I’m not a huge fan of… [modern art]7. [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea.8. I don’t really care for… [modern art]9. I’m not into… [modern art]10. I can’t stand… [modern art] (this phrase expresses…

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 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…

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.

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’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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 =…

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.