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.

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 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 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)

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 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…

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…

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 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.

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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 Talking about Food

1. I’m starving! (= I’m very hungry)2. Let’s grab a bite to eat.3. How about eating out tonight? (eat out = eat at a restaurant)4. I brought some snacks.5. This soup is delicious!6. Could I have another helping of… [potatoes]? (another helping = another portion)7. I’ll have… (use this phrase for ordering in a restaurant)8….

10 Phrases for Describing Relationships

1. I’m single.2. I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.3. We’re engaged. (= going to get married)4. We’re getting married in June.5. I’m married.6. I’ve been married for… [10 years].7. I’m divorced.8. I’m widowed. (= my husband/wife has died)9. I’m not looking for anything serious.10. I’m not quite over my ex. (= I still have feelings for my…

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 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 Agreeing

1. Exactly.2. Absolutely.3. That’s so true.4. That’s for sure.5. I agree 100%6. I couldn’t agree with you more.7. That’s exactly what I think. / That’s exactly how I feel.8. (informal) Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!9. (informal) I’ll say!10. I suppose so. (use this phrase for weak agreement – you agree, but reluctantly)Note:…

10 Phrases You’ll Hear in the Airport

1. Do you have any bags to check?2. Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat? (aisle = corridor)3. Here’s your boarding pass. (boarding pass = the paper that permits you to enter the plane)4. Your flight leaves from gate 15.5. Your seat number is 8F.6. Flight 800 is now boarding. (boarding =…

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.

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)