Advanced Phrases For Spoken English

Advanced Phrases For Spoken English

10 ways to avoid answering a question

  • I’m not at liberty to say. (= i don’t have permission to give the information)
  • I’m sorry, that’s a personal.
  • It’s none of your business.
  • I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
  • Why do you want to know?

15 phrases for being rich & poor

  • She’s very wealthy.
  • She inherited a fortune.
  • She’s rolling dough.
  • She’s quite well-off.
  • He’s scrimping and saving.

5 phrases for talking about statistics

  • There was a gradual rise in crime.
  • The crime rate went up.
  • The crime rate dropped.
  • The crime rate rose.
  • There was slight decrease in crime.

5 ways to say someone’s talented

  • He knows it inside it.
  • He is the best in the business.
  • He’s a natural.
  • He’s in a class of his own.
  • She could do it in her sleep.

5 phrases for telling someone to wait

  • Let me see/think…
  • Bear with me…
  • That’ll have to wait…
  • Could you give me a minute?
  • I’ll be right with you…

5 phrases for estimating & guessing

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if… [Peter asks Jill to marry him]
  • It’s difficult to say, but I think… [Our customers are more satisfied]
  • It’s around… [Three hours legs]
  • There’s a good chance… [It will rain tomorrow]
  • It’s about… [10 miles away]

5 phrases for decisions

  • I can’t make up my mind.
  • I changed my mind.
  • It’s up to you… [You can decide]
  • Looking back, I know it was the right decision.
  • On the other hand

5 phrases for good luck & bad luck

  • That was a stroke of luck. (=a sudden event of good luck)
  • As luck would have it. (=by chance)
  • What rotten luck.
  • Luck you!
  • Good luck!

5 phrases for worries & relief

  • Thank goodness!
  • I’m scared that…
  • You had me worried for a moment.
  • That’s a huge load off my mind.
  • What if?

5 phrases for talking about the future

  • It’s a sign/taste of things to come.
  • It’s right around the corner.
  • I’ll do it right away. / I’ll get right on it.
  • It’ll happen any day now.
  • I’m counting down the days until… (I’m excited about the future event; I can’t wait for it to happen)

5 phrases for compliments

  • You’re a fantastic cook.
  • You have a beautiful home.
  • You look nice. / You look amazing!
  • What a nice apartment.
  • My compliment to the chef!

5 phrases for certainty & probability

  • I don’t think so.
  • I’m absolutely sure.
  • I have no doubt that…
  • It’s not very likely…
  • There’s not much chance of that.

5 ways to say something is interesting/ boring

  • I couldn’t tear myself away.
  • It does nothing for me.
  • I was bored to death.
  • I was so into it/ i lost track of time.
  • I was dying for boredom.

5 phrases for cheering someone up

  • What’s wrong?
  • It’s not so bad.
  • Are you all right?
  • Is there anything I can do to help?
  • What’s the matter?

5 phrases for disappointment

  • How disappointing.
  • What a pity!
  • It was a real letdown.
  • What a shame.
  • That’s too bad.

5 ways to say you don’t believe someone

  • He’s stretching the truth.
  • His story is fishy.
  • Yeah, right.
  • You’re pulling my leg.
  • That’s an outright lie.

5 expressions for bad people

  • He’s a bastard.
  • He’s a scum bag.
  • He’s a Jurk.
  • He’s an asshole.
  • She’s a psycho. (=crazy, irrational)

5 Words for describing speaking

  • My kids whined. (=complained)
  • She stammered.
  • He yelled.
  • I snapped at my husband. (Said a quick and angry remark)
  • She screamed.

5 phrases for facial

  • He looked puzzled. (=confused)
  • His eyes were glassed over. (he appeared)
  • She was beaming. (=she had a big, radiant smile)
  • The kids were smiling from ear to ear.
  • She gives me a dirty look. (=looked at me angrily)

5 phrases to describe offending or upsetting people

  • He got on the teacher’s bad side.
  • She got bent out of shape.
  • She took offense at his comment.
  • He left in a huff.
  • She got her panties in a wad.

5 phrases for bad travel experiences

  • My luggage was lost.
  • I got the runs. (= diarrhea)
  • My flight was delayed/ cancelled.
  • I couldn’t wait to get back home.
  • The weather was miserable.

5 phrases for drinking (alcohol)

  • Another round of drinks, please.
  • He’s a bit tipsy. (=a little bit drink)
  • It’s on me. (=I’ll buy you a drink)
  • Put it on my tab. (tab=bill to pay later before you leave)
  • Here’s to… (Your health/ the New Year/ our success)

5 comparative idioms

  • He’s as mad as a hornet.
  • It’s as light as a feather.
  • She’s as stubborn as a mule.
  • It’s as soiled as a rock.
  • It’s as dry as bone.

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