200+ Common English Phrases & Idioms for Beginners

200+ Common English Phrases & Idioms for Beginners

Let’s study some English Phrases & Idioms by topic. All English phrases for beginners use vocabulary and grammar, so they are easy to learn even for beginners level learners.

500+ Real English Phrases ( Beginner Phrases, Intermediate Phrases, Advanced Phrases )

10 Ways to Say Hello & Goodbye

  • 1.Hello
  • 2.Hi
  • 3.(informal) Hey
  • 4.Hi there
  • 5.(informal) Howdy
  • 6.Bye
  • 7.Bye-bye
  • 8.(informal) See ya later
  • 9.Take care
  • 10. Have a good one
10 Ways to Say Hello & Goodbye

10 Informal Ways to Say Yes and No

  • 1.Yeah
  • 2.Yup
  • 3.Mm-hmm!
  • 4.Uh-huh!
  • 5.Sure!
  • 6.Nope
  • 7.Nah
  • 8.Mm-mm
  • 9.Uh-uh
  • 10.No way

10 Ways to Ask How Someone Is

  • 1.How are you?
  • 2.How’s it going?
  • 3.How ya doin’?
  • 4.How are things?
  • 5.How’s life?
  • 6.How have you been?
  • 7.How’s your family?
  • 8.What’s up?
  • 9.What’s new?
  • 10. What have you been up to lately?
10 Ways to Ask How Someone Is

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 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 the other person in the future)
10 Ways to Say Thank You

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 English 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 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)
5 Ways to Respond to an Apology

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 introduce yourself; #3-#6 are used to introduce someone else.
  • #9 and #10 can be used as a response to #7 and #8.

6 Ways to Show Interest

  • 1.Really?
  • 2.That’s interesting.
  • 3.Uh-huh.
  • 4.Right.
  • 5.Gotcha.
  • 6.Sure.
  • You can use these phrases to show the other person that you are listening.
6 Ways to Show Interest

5 Ways to End a Conversation Politely

  • 1.It was nice chatting with you.
  • 2.Well, it’s getting late.
  • 3.Anyway, I should get going.
  • 4.(formal) Sorry, but I’m afraid I need to…
  • 5.I’m sorry to cut you off, but I actually gotta run. (cut you off = interrupt you)

10 English 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 English Phrases for Telephone Calls

10 English 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 phrase on the telephone)
  • Use #4, #5, #7, and #8 when you’re not sure if the other person has the information.
10 English Phrases for Asking for Information

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 English 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 English Phrases for Asking for Someone’s Opinion & Giving Your Opinion

5 English 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 English Phrases for Not Having an Opinion

10 English 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: Avoid the common error of saying “I’m agree” – the correct phrase is “I agree” or “I’m in agreement” – the second one is more formal.
10 English Phrases for Agreeing

10 Common English Phrases for Disagreeing

  • 1.I don’t think so.
  • 2.I beg to differ.
  • 3.I’m afraid I don’t agree.
  • 4.I’m not so sure about that.
  • 5.That’s not how I see it.
  • 6.Not necessarily.
  • 7.Yes, but… [say your opinion]
  • 8.On the contrary.
  • 9.(very informal) No way!
  • 10. (very strong) I totally disagree.
10 English Phrases for Disagreeing

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5 English Phrases for Responding to Good News

  • 1.Congratulations!
  • 2.That’s great!
  • 3.How wonderful!
  • 4.Awesome!
  • 5.I’m so happy for you!
5 English Phrases for Responding to Good News

5 English 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)
5 English Phrases for Responding to Bad News

10 English 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.
10 English Phrases for Invitations

5 Ways to Make & Respond to an Offer – Phrases in English

  • 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)

6 English 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…
  • 6.I’m thinking about…
6 English Phrases for Talking About Future Plans

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 strong dislike)

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]?

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10 English 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 English 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 ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-husband/wife)

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Basic English Phrases – Phrases in English

  • Last but not least.
  • Little by little.
  • Let me go.
  • Let me be.
  • Long time no see.
  • Make yourself at home.
  • Make yourself comfortable.
  • My pleasure.
  • out of question
  • More recently,…
  • Make best use of
  • Nothing
  • Nothing at all
  • No choice
  • No hard feeling
  • Not a chance
  • Now or never
  • No way out/dead end
  • No more
  • Never say never
  • none of your business
  • No way
  • No problem
  • Not long ago
  • out of order
  • out of luck
  • One way or another
  • One thing lead to another
  • Piece of cake
  • Poor thing
  • out of the blue
  • out of touch
  • So?
  • So so
  • Stay in touch
  • So what?
  • Step by step
  • See?
  • Sooner or later
  • Shut up!
  • That’s all
  • Too good to be true
  • Too bad
  • The sooner the better
  • Take it or leave it
  • There is no denial that…
  • Viewed from different angles…
  • What is mentioning is that…
  • What is more dangerous,…
  • Well?
  • Well then
  • Who knows
  • Way to go
  • Why not ?
  • You see
  • No more, no less
  • No kidding?

Conclusion

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