English Phrases

Advanced English: Giving Directions

There are lots of ways for giving directions in English. Make sure you know the basic ways first, then check out these native expressions and phrasal verbs. They’re a little more advanced, but you’re likely to hear them in real-life conversations. The section on different roads also includes useful vocabulary. Phrases For Giving Directions Your… Read More

50 Ways To Use Just In English

We use the adverb “just” a lot in English, especially in spoken English. We can use it to mean different things (like “only”, “exactly” and “absolutely”) and we also use it in time expressions and to be polite. Get the most common meanings of “just”, with more than 50 everyday expressions using “just”. “Just” In… Read More

How To Address People In English

How can you address people in English when you meet them? What are the different greetings when you meet men, women or VIPs? What titles should you use? In British English, the greetings are different in formal and informal situations, and whether you’re greeting one person or a group. Here’s a list of greetings that… Read More

5 Phrases To Say Goodbye In English

Do you only say “Bye” or “See you later” when you leave people? In fact there are many other ways that British English speakers say “goodbye”. Here are five common phrases that we use with family and friends in different situations. These aren’t formal phrases, and we use them instead of “goodbye”. My tip: start… Read More

5 Ways To Say You Don’t Understand

You can say “I don’t understand” when someone tries to explain a process to you, or when you’re commenting on a situation. But there are also other common native English expressions you can use. Here are five new expressions for you. Practise one at a time until you feel confident, then move on to the… Read More

Holiday English – Phrasal Verbs

When you talk about your holiday, sound more natural by using phrasal verbs. They make you sound less formal and more like a native speaker. Here are 15 very common phrasal verbs to talk about travel. Make sure you can understand and use them in your conversations. Holiday Travel check in (to a hotel /… Read More

Native English Phrases With Never

We don’t just use “never” to mean “at no time”. There are many more native English phrases with “never” which you can use to sound more natural when you speak English. Here are ten to get you started. Learning tip: choose one that you like and start using it in conversation. When you’ve mastered one,… Read More

How To Talk About Change

Imagine the situation. You’re at a concert and the fans are waiting for the singer to come onto the stage. When the singer finally arrives on stage, how do the fans react? Or you want to describe an older man who’s gradually losing his hair, or someone whose hair is no longer black or brown…… Read More

6 British English Greetings For Strangers

What do British English speakers really say when they greet people they don’t know? Here are some common ways we talk and greet each other. (They’re so common I heard them all in the space of an hour in my local town!) Warning – You probably won’t find these in any text book! Darling “Sorry… Read More

Easy Phrases To Make Criticisms In English

It’s difficult to make a comment about a past action or situation in English, as often you need to use complex grammar. By the time you remember the structure and the rule, and then think about your reply, the conversation has moved on. But there is an easier way. Here are some “fixed phrases” that… Read More