500+ Real English Phrases ( Beginner Phrases, Intermediate Phrases, Advanced Phrases )
10 Ways to Say Hello & Goodbye
- 3.(informal) Hey
- 4.Hi there
- 5.(informal) Howdy
- 8.(informal) See ya later
- 9.Take care
- 10. Have a good one
10 Informal Ways to Say Yes and No
- 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 Say How You Are
- 1.I’m fine, thanks. How about you?
- 2.Pretty good.
- 3.Not bad.
- 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
- 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 Respond to “Thank You”
- 1.You’re welcome.
- 2.No problem.
- 3.No worries.
- 4.Don’t mention it.
- 5.My pleasure.
- 7.It was the least I could do.
- 8.Glad to help.
- 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)
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.
- 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
- 2.That’s interesting.
- You can use these phrases to show the other person that you are listening.
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 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.
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…
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.
10 English Phrases for Agreeing
- 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 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.
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5 English Phrases for Responding to Good News
- 2.That’s great!
- 3.How wonderful!
- 5.I’m so happy for you!
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)
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.
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…
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 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
- Stay in touch
- So what?
- Step by step
- 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 then
- Who knows
- Way to go
- Why not ?
- You see
- No more, no less
- No kidding?
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