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.

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 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 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 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 Ways to Talk About Price

1. It cost a fortune.2. It cost an arm and a leg.3. That’s a rip-off. (= overpriced; far more expensive than it should be)4. I can’t afford it. (= I don’t have enough money to buy it)5. That’s a bit pricey.6. That’s quite reasonable. (= it’s a good price)7. It’s 20% off. (= there’s 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.

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 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.)

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…

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 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)