Common English Phrases

Published on: 23/05/2018 By
Last Modified on: 08/11/2019

There are several phrases we use frequently in English. These phrases can be used to greet people, to confirm comprehension, to express a wish for someone, and in response to some common situations. You can learn these simple phrases without worrying about the vocabulary and grammar. Check them out now and start putting them into practice.

Meeting someone

For example:

“Ivan, this is Emma.”

“How do you do.”

“How do you do. Where are you from Ivan?”

“I’m from Russia. And you?”

“I’m from Brazil, but I live and study in Canada. What do you do?”

“I’m an engineer.”


For example:

“Hey Tom, how’s it going?

“Fine thanks, and you? Going to school?

“Yeah. See you later. Have a nice day.”



For example:

“This cake is delicious but I feel as though something is missing. Do you know what I mean?”

“You’re right. Maybe there isn’t enough sugar.”

Responding to an apology or a problem

For example:

“Mum, I forgot to buy the milk! Sorry.”

“Never mind, I’ll get some tomorrow.”

“I’ve got an exam tomorrow and I’m really nervous.”

“You’ve studied a lot so just keep calm and do your best.”

Asking for a description

For example:

“What’s the weather like?”

“It’s cold but sunny.”

“What’s your new job like Paul?”

“It’s great! The company is well-organized and my colleagues are friendly.”

Wishing someone well

For example:

“I’m not feeling well so I can’t come to work today.”

“Sorry to hear that. Get well soon.”

Phrases with ‘yourself’

For example:

“Come in guys. Make yourselves at home while I finish dinner.”

“Thanks Julie. Do you mind if I get some water?”

“Sure. Help yourself.”

Shop talk

“Good morning, Madam. Can I help you?”

“Yes, please. I’d like to buy this shirt. How much is it?”

“It’s $25.”

“That’s fine, I’ll take it please.”

“Thank you Madam. Here you are.”

At the restaurant

“We’d like a table for four please.”

“Certainly. Here you are. What drinks can I get you?”

“Just water for now, please.”“Can we have the bill, please?”

“Of course, here you are.”

Knowing these short phrases that we say frequently in everyday life is extremely useful. In the Wall Street English course you learn all of these and many more by hearing them in context and producing them yourself. Try to take every other opportunity you can to use these phrases from now on and see how much your communication improves.

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Mary Milne has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at the University of Bristol and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. Over the years she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in ESL and has worked as an Online Community Manager, and author for Wall Street English International and Pearson, writing informative educational content. She dedicates most of her free time to music, playing in a band and singing in a choir.

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