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”

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 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 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…

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 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 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 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]

5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You

1. Do you understand what I’m saying?2. Does that make sense?3. Do you know what I mean?4. Are you with me so far? (often used in the middle of a long explanation or instructions)5. Is that clear? (often used after giving orders, or expressing disapproval or another negative attitude)

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.