- Happy birthday!
- Happy anniversary! Not for a birthday! This is for the day someone got married or another important thing happened.
- I'm sorry to hear about... When someone has had some bad news.
- Happy New Year! On January 1st or a few days after.
- Sorry about that. If you've done something to say sorry for. (And don't forget that in English, we say sorry a lot! It's polite.)
- Sorry I'm late. If you arrive late.
- I don't know. A good answer to any question!
- Excuse me. If you want to get past someone, or stop someone to ask them a question.
- How was your holiday / weekend...?
- Are you feeling better? When someone was ill.
- See you next week.
- Have a nice day / weekend.
- Happy Christmas!
- Good luck! When someone is going to do anything difficult or involving effort...an exam, going to the tax office, trying to explain to your English teacher why you haven't done your homework...
- See you later. When you will see someone later the same day.
- Sorry, I didn't catch that. When you didn't hear.
- Long time no see! When you haven't seen someone for a while.
- How's it going? This is like "how are you?"
- No problem. Another way to answer thank you, or when someone asks you to do something.
- Nice to meet you. The first time you meet someone.
- Have fun! If someone is going to do something nice.
- Bless you! When someone sneezes.
- I'll let you know. When you will give some information later.
- Sorry, I don't speak English very well. Very useful!
Do you always know how to respond in English? Even if you have been learning English for a while, you may not know useful phrases for every situation. Here are 24 phrases you need to know if you want to speak natural English.
You should learn these as set phrases or "chunks" as they don't change. (If you want to try a worksheet with these phrases on, you can download it here.)
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