Conversation Phrases

I'm well, thank you, and you? Quite well, thanks. Have a good time. Will you come in, please? After you. Excuse me, I'll lead the way. This way, please. May I come in? I'm sorry to hear that. Give them my kind regards.

I'm afraid it's true. I'm very sorry about that. What a pity. What a shame. That's bad luck! I'm sorry to say he didn't come. I'm afraid I can't be of any help. I'm deeply sorry.

Will you please pass me / help me ... Here you are. With pleasure. I'd like ... Could / Would you help me? Give it to me, please. Will you come ..., please? Stop it. Go ahead. Look here. May I ask you to do me a favour?

Very good. Great. Splendid. That's fine. I'm glad to hear that. It's good to see you again. I'm glad about that. He's lucky! That's OK. That's all right. She's really cool.

Please accept my condolences. I share your distress. Accept my deapest condolences. I'm so sorry for him.

I'm sorry. Excuse me, please. I'm sorry to be late. Sorry, I cannot help it. It's / That's all right. Will you excuse me for a moment? So sorry to trouble you. Sorry to disturb / bother you. Never mind. It's all right. It's no trouble at all.

Stop it! How can he be so silly! It's stupid! Leave her alone! I'm sick of it! I'm fed up with it! It's impossible! It's unbelievable!

How are you?

have you got the time. 5. Where have you been hiding? It’s been ages since we last met Getting somebody’s attention Excuse me. 3. 7. haven’t we? It’s really hot. please? I think we’ve met before. Long time no see. It’s been too long. How long has it been? 6. 4. 3. 2. • • • • • • • …I wasn’t very well yesterday …I didn’t see you …It won’t happen again …I’ll be more careful next time …I’ll finish it before I go home …It’s my fault …It’s all my fault Asking people to be quiet Less polite • • • General greetings (Informal) 1. please? Conversation openers Greeting a person you haven’t seen for a long time (Formal) 1. How are things (with you)? How’s it going? How’s life been treating you? Shut up! [impolite] Quiet! / kwaöWt / Be quiet! Shh! More polite Could you be quiet.englishpond. General greetings (Formal) 1. I’m so happy to see you again. Hello! How are you? How are you doing? How is everything? How’s everything going? How have you been keeping? I trust that everything is well. 6. 5. are you in a hurry? Sure. What’s up? Good to see you. It has been a long time.  Part 1. 3. 4. 6. Sorry. It depends what it is. 2. 5. 4. Accepting Responsibility .Apologies • • • • • • • I’m sorry… I’m very sorry… I’m terribly sorry… Excuse me… Pardon me… I apologize… I’m afraid…  Part 2 .www. is anyone sitting here? Sorry. What have you been up to all these years? It’s always a pleasure to see you. but could I just ask you something? Excuse me. Greeting a person you haven’t seen for a long time (Informal) • • • • • Excuse me. have you got a moment? Sorry to bother you. I’m late already.Go ahead. can you spare a minute or two? Excuse me.Explaining Oneself . isn’t it? Are you going all the way to San Francisco? Permission and requests Could I use your pen? Do you mind if I borrow your dictionary? (‘Do you mind if I…?’ means ‘Is it a problem for you if I…?’) How come I never see you? It’s been such a long time. 2.

. Leaving a place (Informal) like. and hip hop. I have to leave here by noon. such as.…  Simple good-byes (Formal) • • • • Good-bye Stay in touch. My proudest moment was…-ing I’ve always dreamt of –ing/ wanted to +verb Bye.Talking about your background • • • • • Simple good-byes (Informal) • • • • • Originally I’m from…. I’ll be leaving from the office in 20 minutes. I know a few words of Japanese. Catch up with you later. I like jazz. but… I just want to say… May I interrupt here? Do you mind if I say something? Introducing paraphrasing o o o o o o Showing a lot of interest o o o o Wow! Really? (That’s) interesting! (That’s) fantastic So you mean…. I speak French but it is a bit rusty. Actually… Excuse me… I’m sorry. • • I’m fond of opera. See you. I can get by in Portuguese. I was (born and) brought up in… I come from a (sporty/musical) family. we can use an expression meaning ‘et cetera’. What you mean is… What you’re saying is… So what you mean to say is… Let me get this clear… Let me get this straight. Let’s get off work early. Nice seeing you. Talk to you later. rock. choral music. Leaving a place (Formal) Describing your language ability • • • • • • • • • • • I’m fluent in Polish. Is it okay if we leave your home at 9pm? What do you say we leave work a little earlier today? Would you mind if I leave the dinner before it ends? I need to depart for the airport in one hour. and that sort of thing • • • • • • • I like music such as opera. I hope to see you soon. How to interrupt • • • • • • After one or two examples. reggae. How about we jet off to the shops now? I’m afraid I have to head off now. I really love modern music like house. It was nice meeting you. I got to go now. and classical music. and that sort of thing. and that sort of thing. I speak Spanish reasonably well. rap. I wish I could speak Italian.

please? Ending a phone conversation When you phone for information. . No problem. Thanks a lot. identifying the listener saying who you are introducing yourself Is that Bruno Zola? Could I speak to Bruno Zola. Thanks very much for your help. Thanks. sure. You’ve been very helpful. I think I’ve got all the details Thanks. It was nothing.) speaking. Responding to thanks • • • • • • • You’re welcome. Thanks. you can often end with phrases like this: o o o o o Thanking someone Yes. You’ve been very helpful. Thank you for (looking). This is Elena. • • • • • • • • Thanks. I think that’s everything I need. Bruno? Yes (it is). Asking people to speak slowly/speak up Sorry. I appreciate your help. could you speak slowly. please? (Yes. Yes. It’s Elena. Goodbye. It doesn’t matter. Thanks for (trying). Thanking someone who tires to help • • • • • Thanks anyway.Phone greetings more informal Is that Bruno? Are you Bruno? Is that you. please? Could you speak up. Thank you very much. (It’s) my pleasure. (US) Not at all. UK) Don’t mention it. Thank you very much indeed. It was very kind of you. I’m Elena. Thank you. Bye bye. My name’s Elena Luma. OK. That’s alright/OK. Never mind. of course. (formal. Here is Elena. OK.

Wrong: Common students in US don't wear a uniform. American Style: Your coat is torn. American Style: He got better. American Style: Susan didn't make a mistake anyway. American Style: It's seven twenty. American Style: Come here. Wrong: Come to here. certainly. Wrong: Would you mind posting this letter for me ? Yes. American Style: I recommend that you take a long vacation. Wrong Don't step on the grass. American Style: I get paid twice a month. Wrong: It's seven twenty o'clock. American Style It is difficult for children to understand that. Wrong: Susan didn't make a fault anyway. OR ( Not at all ) Wrong: He becomes better. Hurry up! Wrong: It was still bright outside. It's about eleven now. American Style: It was still light outside. Wrong: Who cooked this salad ? American Style: Who made this salad ? Wrong: Different from me.• Any time. American Style Unlike me. American Style: Would you mind mailing this letter for me ? Of course not. American Style: The average students in US don't wear a uniform. American Style: We'll have a listening test tomorow. Wrong Your coat is broken. Hurry up! American Style: The last bus leaves at eleven o'clock. she is proficient in English. It's nearly ( almost ) eleven now. Wrong: The last bus leaves at eleven o'clock. Wrong: Little children are difficult to understand that. Wrong: I get my salary twice a month. . she is proficient in English. American Style: Keep off the grass. Wrong: I recommend you to take a long vacation. Wrong: We'll have a hearing test tomorrow..

Wrong: Did you attend college ? American Style: Did you go to college ? Wrong: I wanted to go to Europe last summer. Wrong: I'll go there at three. American Style: I wanted to go to Europe last summer. American Style: I am free. American Style: The sun rises in the East. but it was too expensive so I gave up to go. Wrong: Let's begin from page 10. Wrong: The thief got in from the window. Lin Wrong: I have a free time. American Style: The thief got in through the window.Wrong: Would you like a drink ? American Style: Would you like something to drink ? Wrong: Let me examine your pulse. American Style: Let me feel your pulse. Wrong: I forget my hat in the house. but it was too expensive so I gave up the idea. Wrong: I am going back my home. Wrong: Don't expect me too much. American Style: I am going home. Wrong: The sun rises from the East. American Style: I am not athletic. Wrong: His temperature went down. Wrong: I know his face. Wrong: I have no exercise talent. American Style: I'll be there at three. Wrong: I like green color. American Style: I know him by sight. for instance 500 dollars. American Style: Let's begin at ( on ) page 10. say 500 dollars. American Style: His temperature came down. American Style: I like green. Lin American Style: Lend me some money. . American Style: Don't expect too much from (of ) me. Wrong: Lend me some money. American Style: I left my hat in the house.

Better late than never To do something that is right. if you have. American Style: The main office is in Taipei. A hungry man is an angry man A person who does not get what he wants or needs is a frustrated person and will be easily provoked to rage.Wrong: Today's newspapers has his articles on Taiwan. profitable. A great talker is a great liar A smooth and persuasive talker may be a good liar. A burnt child dreads fire A bad experience or a horrifying incident may scar one's attitude or thinking for a lifetime. Wrong: You'll have a cold if you sleep with your window open. American Style: Somebody's knocking on the door. or good a little late is still better than not doing it at all. Any time means no time When an event is not decided on or planned earlier it will never take place. first served The first in line will be attended to first. Great talkers are little doers Those people who talk a lot and are always teaching others usually do not do much work. American Style: Give me money. Charity begins at home A person's first obligation should be to help the member of his own family before he can begin thinking of talking about helping others. PROVERBS Where there's a will there's a way When a person really wants to do something. Wrong: The head office is in Taipei. if you have any. All that glitters is not gold Do not be deceived by things or offers that appear to be attractive. Go and see who it is. American Style: Today's newspapers carries his articles on Taiwan. First come. he will find a way of doing it. Wrong: Somebody's knocking on the door. Go and see who he is. American Style: You'll catch a cold if you sleep with your window open. A friend in need is a friend indeed A friend who helps when one is in trouble is a real friend. . Wrong: Give me money.

Spare the rod and spoil the child A child who is not punished and showed the error of his ways will become unruly. they must be done away with immediately. Still waters run deep One who is usually silent and goes about his business quietly may be a very wise person. Two heads are better than one It is always better to get the view of another than to rely entirely on one's own judgment. everyone has the opportunity to be successful in life.Actions speak louder than words Children usually learn more from the examples set by their elders than from what they are told . There's no smoke without fire Rumors do not spread unless there is some element of truth in them. certain public members will take the opportunity to break the law . a person's character is judged by the thing she does and not by what he says. Practice makes perfect It is believed that if one practices a certain skill often. When the cat is away the mice will play When law enforcers are not present. Let bygones by bygones One should consider forgiving one's and forget all the bad deeds done by others.certain tasks must not be left half done. Necessity is the mother of invention When a person is in great need of something. Strike while the iron is hot Seize a good opportunity as quickly as possible. Great minds think alike Wise people will normally think and behave alike in certain situations. Never do things by halves One should not do an incomplete or imperfect job . actions give evidence or proof of. he will find a way of getting it. Fortune knocks once at every man's door Everyone gets at least one good opportunity in his lifetime. It's never too late to mend It is never too late to correct one's mistakes or faults. he will excel in it Prevention is better than cure It is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem after it has arisen.

Look at the bright side Be optimistic We never miss the water till the well runs dry You only realize the importance of something when it is gone . Don't judge a book by its cover Do not be deceived by appearances. Experience is the best teacher The best way to learn a job is to do it.Absence makes the heart grow fonder One usually desires another more when he or she is far away. A new broom sweeps clean A person newly appointed is always eager and enthusiastic in his work. Blood is thicker than water Family ties are stronger than any other.

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