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 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…

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 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?

5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart

1. He’s really sharp.2. She’s brilliant.3. He’s very bright.4. She’s a genius.5. He’s a smart cookie.

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 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 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 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 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…

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 Introductions

1. I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m… [your name]2. I don’t think we’ve met before. My name’s… [your name]3. This is…4. I’d like you to meet…5. Have you met… ?6. I’d like to introduce you to…7. Nice to meet you.8. It’s a pleasure to meet you.9. Likewise.10. And you.#1 and #2 are used to…

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.

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…

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 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 Talking about Statistics

1. The crime rate rose.2. The crime rate went up.3. There was a sharp increase in crime. (sharp = sudden and large)4. There was a gradual rise in crime.5. There was a spike in crime. (spike = a sudden increase and then decrease)6. The crime rate reached its peak. (peak = the highest point)7. The…

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 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…

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”

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.