50 Common English Phrases to Use in Conversation


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Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.

Today I have got fifty phrases for you

that you can use in conversation.

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Right, let's get on with the lesson.

Firstly, let's discuss some common phrases

for asking how somebody is.

Firstly we have, what's up?

What's up?

This is quite informal and you're likely to receive

an informal answer.

Number two is what's new?

What's new?

This is asking for an update on what's been happening

since you last saw that person.

Number three, how's it going?

How's it going?

You might be wondering what it refers to,

it refers to everything which brings me on to my next one,

how's everything?

How's everything?

You can also ask, how are things?

This is very casual and very vague in general.

Or how is life?

How's life?

A slightly more formal one is,

how's life treating you?

How's life treating you?

Or what have you been up to recently?

Now, let's talk about common phrases

to respond to all of these to say how you are.

The most common one, I'm fine, thanks.

How are you?

If you are okay, not amazing

then you can say something like, pretty good.

Yeah, pretty good.

Or number 11 if nothing's changed,

everything is just the same as usual you can say,

same old really.

If things aren't going well then you can use number 12.

Not so great really.

Not very good.

Or number 13, could be better.

Could be better.

Or number 14, if everything's going very well

but you don't want to show off,

you can say something that's very popular now

which is, can't complain.

I can't complain.

Meaning others have it much worse than me

so I'm not going to say anything negative about my own life.

Now, let's talk about some phrases that you can use

to say thank you.

Number 15 we have, I really appreciate that

or I really appreciate it depending on the context.

This is quite heartfelt.

It's slightly more formal.

Another formal one number 16, I'm really grateful.

I'm really ever so grateful.

That's even more formal.

Number 17, if someone has shown you an act of kindness

you can say, that's so kind of you.

Or if you want to imply that you are also

going to return the favour then you can use number 18

which is I owe you one or I owe you big time.

Now, let's talk about some common ways

to respond to thank you.

Now, I have got a whole video on this

which I'll link in the description box

but just a couple to get you started.

Number 19, you're most welcome.

I much prefer this to your welcome which I think

is so overused but I talk about that in the video.

Number 20, very casual, no worries, no worries.

21, another favourite of mine, my pleasure

which can also be shortened down to pleasure

which is very very casual.

And number 22, any time, any time.

Now, let's talk about some common phrases

that you can use to ask for information.

You can say, do you have any clue?

Or do you have any idea?

Those are interchangeable.

Do you have any clue where the supermarket is?

Or do you have any idea about the homework this evening?

Or number 24, this one's lovely,

you wouldn't happen to know X, would you?

So, you wouldn't happen to know about geometry, would you?

Or you wouldn't happen to know William, would you?

Or number 25, I don't suppose you'd know something?

For example, I don't suppose you'd know

where the taxi rank is?

And if people ask you for information

and you don't know how to respond you need to know ways

to say I don't know.

So, here are some common ways of saying

that you don't know something.

26, very easy, I have no idea or I haven't got any idea.

Number 27, very similar is I haven't got a clue

and you will also hear British people say, I haven't a clue.

Sorry, I haven't a clue.

It's even the name of a radio programme, I think.

28, sorry, I can't help you there

or sorry, I can't be any help.

Number 29, oh, I'm not really sure or I'm not so sure.

And number 30, actually, I've been wondering the same thing

or I've been wondering too.

Now, let's talk about some common phrases

for agreeing with people.

You can have number 31 which is exactly, exactly.

Or number 32 which is absolutely, absolutely.

I love this one I use it far too much, I think.

Number 33, usually said with a agreeing finger,

that's so true.

That is so true.

Or an alternative 34, that is so right,

you're so right.

Number 35, if you completely agree

with something someone says, I agree 100%

sometimes shortened down to I 100% agree.

I 100% agree.

That's very slang.

That's only in spoken English.

We wouldn't write that.

36 this is very British,

I'm sure it's used in American English

but it's something we say a lot, couldn't agree more.

I couldn't agree more.

Sometimes we're getting rid of that first I,

couldn't agree with you more.

Or number 37, very informal, tell me about it.

Tell me about it, totally agree.

It's funny 'cause we're not asking you

to tell us about anything

but it's a common way of saying, ah, yes!

I feel the same way.

Now naturally, we need some phrases

for disagreeing with people

and we usually like to do this in quite a polite way.

So, these are some polite common phrases of disagreement.

We have number 38 which is, oh, I'm not so sure about that.

I'm not so sure about that.

The so there is very important.

Or 39, that's not how I see it.

I don't quite see it like that.

Or number 40, we normally stretch this one out,

not necessarily, not necessarily.

That's a great one.

Or number 41, I can't really agree with you there.

No, I can't agree with you there.

Now, one of the most difficult things

that we have in English,

this is a huge problem for British people

is ending a conversation

because normally the other person wants to continue it

and it's very hard to convey that you want to leave.

Well, I have three lovely phrases

to help you with leaving and ending a conversation

in a polite way.

Number 42, a great one to say is

well, it was lovely chatting to you.

Well, it was nice chatting to you.

Normally started with well.

Well, it was lovely to talk to you.

Or 43, a word we always use is, right

and then followed by I'd better be going

or I need to get going.

Or number 44, right, I must be off.

I must be off, normally looking at your watch.

And it's a bit awkward now that we have phones

because we often look at our wrists.

Oh, look at the time I must go.

No, watch here.

And now let's talk about some common phrases

for saying goodbye.

You've ended the conversation now you need to go.

Number 45 is speak to you soon or speak soon.

Number 46, if you know their family or their partner

or somebody they live with you can say,

Oh, send my love to your family

or send my love to Margaret.

That's a really nice one.

We don't actually expect them to go and say,

oh so-and-so sends his love.

Well, we might but it's just a nice sentiment,

a nice gesture.

Number 47, very basic, bye bye or bye.

That's probably the most common way

that we say goodbye to people.

Goodbye really isn't that commonly used.

I've made a video about this topic as well

with loads and loads of options for you for saying goodbye.

Again, linked down below.

48, a very American one but we're starting to use it

more and more is you take care now.

You take care now.

Probably in Britain were more likely to say, take care

and the you and now isn't so necessary.

49 this one has exploded in popularity

it's have a good one.

What is the one?

No one will ever know

but you make sure it's a good one.

And number 50 is talk to you later, talk to you later

and it can be made as an acronym which is TTYL,

talk to you later.

No, you don't have to say it like that,

just say, talk to you later.

Right, that's it for today's lesson.

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I hope you enjoyed learning your 50 common phrases

that you can use in conversation.

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