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)

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…

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.

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 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…

10 Phrases for Invitations

1. Are you free… [Saturday night?]2. Are you doing anything… [Saturday night?]3. Let me check my calendar.4. (informal) Do you wanna… [see a movie?]5. (formal) Would you like to… [join me for dinner?]6. I’d love to!7. Sounds great!8. I’d love to, but I have another commitment.9. I don’t think I can.10. Maybe another time.

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 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.

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….

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…

10 Ways to Say Something is Interesting/Boring

1. It’s fascinating.2. It’s intriguing.3. I couldn’t tear myself away.4. I couldn’t put it down. (this phrase is used for en extremely interesting book)5. I was so into it, I lost track of time.6. It does nothing for me.7. I was bored to tears.8. I was bored to death.9. I was dying of boredom.10. It’s…

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…