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10 Golden Phrases That Are Incredibly Useful

 

 

10 Golden Phrases That Are Incredibly Useful

 

 

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As you read each phrase below for the first time, say it aloud four times. Yes, four times! (They’re short phrases.)

 

Thanks so much

This is a simple sentence you can use to thank someone.

To add detail, say:

Thanks so much + for + [noun] / [-ing verb]

For example:

Thanks so much for the birthday money.

Thanks so much for driving me home.

 

I really appreciate…

You can also use this phrase to thank someone. For example, you might say:

I really appreciate your help.

Or you can combine 1 and 2:

Thanks so much for cooking dinner. I really appreciate it.

Thanks so much. I really appreciate you cooking dinner.

 

Excuse me

When you need to get through but there’s someone blocking your way, say Excuse me.

You can also say this phrase to politely get someone’s attention. For example:

Excuse me, sir, you dropped your wallet.

Excuse me, do you know what time it is?

 

I’m sorry

Use this phrase to apologize, whether for something big or small. Use for to give more detail. For example:

I’m sorry for being so late.

I’m sorry for the mess. I wasn’t expecting anyone today.

You can use really to show you’re very sorry for something:

I’m really sorry I didn’t invite you to the party.

 

What do you think?

When you want to hear someone’s opinion on a topic, use this question.

I’m not sure if we should paint the room yellow or blue. What do you think?

 

How does that sound?

If you suggest an idea or plan, use this phrase to find out what others think.

We could have dinner at 6 and then go to a movie. How does that sound?

Let’s hire a band to play music, and Brent can photograph the event. How does that sound?

 

That sounds great

If you like an idea, you can respond to 6 with this phrase. Great can be replaced with any synonym, such as awesome, perfect, excellent or fantastic.

A: My mom is baking cookies this afternoon. We could go to my house and eat some. How does that sound?
B: That sounds fantastic!

 

(Oh) never mind

Let’s say someone doesn’t understand an idea you’re trying to explain. If you’ve explained it over and over and want to stop, just say, oh, never mind. You can now talk about something else!

You can also use never mind to mean it doesn’t matter or just forget it. In these situations, say it with a smile and positive tone, though. Otherwise, when you say this phrase slowly with a falling low tone, it can mean you’re bothered or upset.

A: Are you going to the grocery store today?
B: No, I’m not. But why—do you need something?
A: Oh, never mind. It’s okay, I’ll go tomorrow.

As an English learner, you’ll need to tell others that English is not your first language. You’ll also need to ask native speakers to repeat phrases and words or to speak slower. The following phrases will be useful for this.

 

I’m learning English

This simple phrase tells people that English is not your native language. If you’re a total beginner, add just started after I: I just started learning English.

My name is Sophie and I’m learning English.

 

I don’t understand

Use this phrase when you don’t understand what someone means.

Sorry, I don’t understand. The U.S. Electoral College seems very confusing!

 


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