Intermediate Phrases For Spoken English

Intermediate phrases

5 ways to ask for clarification

  • What do you mean?
  • Pardon?
  • I’m not sure I follow you.
  • Could you explain?
  • Would you mind repeating that?

5 ways to check if the other person understands you

  • Do you know what i mean?
  • Do you understand what I’m saying?
  • Is that clear? (Often used after giving orders, or expressing disapproval or another negative attitude)
  • Does that make sense?
  • Are you with me so far? (Often used in the middle of a long explanation instructions)

5 ways to ask for help

  • Could you spare a couple minutes?
  • I need a little help.
  • Could you give me a hand? (Usually used for physical task)
  • Could you help me out?
  • Could you do me a favor?

5 ways to ask someone else to do something

  • Could you please…? [Turn off the lights]
  • Can you… [Pass me the chicken]
  • I’d appreciate if it you could. [Wash the dishes]
  • Would you mind? [Opening the window]
  • .. [Send me the information]

5 ways to interrupt someone

  • Excuse me – could i talk to you for a minute? / do you have a minute?
  • Sorry – I just want to say that.
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…
  • May I have a word?
  • Could i jump in here?

5 ways to encourage someone

  • That was a nice try. (Say this after someone made a good effort but failed)
  • You have almost got it.
  • Don’t give up! / Hang in there!
  • That’s a real improvement.
  • You can do it.

5 phrases for complaining

  • I’m not very satisfied with…. [This product/ this situation]
  • I’m not happy about this.
  • This suck.
  • I’m sorry but this is unacceptable.
  • I can’t stand it when… [The internet is slow]

5 phrase for remembering, reminding, & forgetting

  • If I remember correctly… / As far as I can recall…
  • My mind went blank (= I couldn’t remember/ think of anything)
  • Please remember to…/ please don’t forget to…
  • I’ll always remember… I’ll never forget…
  • I’d like to remind you about…

5 phrases for saying something is easy & difficult

  • It’s real tough.
  • It’s hard.
  • It’s a piece of cake.
  • Anyone can do it.
  • It’s not a walk in the park.

5 expressions about age

  • I’m not young as used as to be.
  • She just turned six.
  • I’m having a senior moment. (I’m being forgetful)
  • She’s in her early twenties. (=20-23 years old)
  • He lived to a ride up old age. (=a very old age)

5 phrases for shopping

  • How much is this?
  • Where can I find…?
  • Do you take credit cards..?
  • I’m looking for…
  • Do you have…?

5 phrases for talking about food

  • This soup is delicious.
  • Let’s grab a bite to eat.
  • I brought some snacks.
  • I’m starving! (= I’m very hungry)
  • I’m full! ( i’m satisfied)

5 phrase for talking about TV

  • Can I change the channel?
  • I love this show!
  • I’ve already seen this episode.
  • Where’s the remote? (Remote = remote control)
  • There are too many commercials.

5 phrases you’ll hear in the airport

  • Your seat number is 8f.
  • Your flight has been delayed.
  • Do you have any bags to check?
  • This is the final call for flight 800.
  • Your flight leaves from gate no 15.

5 ways to talk about price

  • That’s a bit pricey.
  • It was a real bargain.
  • It cost an arm and a leg.
  • It was dirt cheap. (=extremely inexpensive)
  • It cost a fortune.

5 phrases for hot weather

  • We are having a real heat wave. (Heat wave very consecutive wave of hot weather)
  • It’s nice and warm today.
  • It’s absolutely boiling! (Boiling = extremely hot)
  • The sun’s really strong today.
  • It’s hot and humid.

5 phrases for cold weather

  • The temperature’s dropping.
  • We’re expecting some winter weather.
  • It’s a little chilly.
  • Make sure to bundle up. (Bundle up= put on warm clothes for protection against the cold)
  • It’s freezing. (=extremely cold)

5 phrases for talking about rain

  • It’s raining cats and dogs. (=raining heavily)
  • I think the rain’s letting up. (Letting up=getting lighter and stopping)
  • It’s drizzling. (=raining lightly)
  • I got caught in a downpour.
  • It’s pouring. (=raining heavily)

5 ways to say you’re tired

  • I’m dead tired.
  • I can hardly keep my eyes open.
  • I’m spent.
  • I’m exhausted.
  • It’s bedtime for me.

5 phrases for promises & resolutions

  • I swear I’ll / I won’t (a very strong promise)
  • I really should…
  • I promise that I’ll…
  • Come hell or high water, I’ll
  • No matter what happens I’m going up…

5 excuses for being late

  • I overslept. (=I slept longer than I should have)
  • The traffic was terrible.
  • I got lost coming here.
  • The bus was late.
  • Sorry I’m late.

5 ways to say someone is correct

  • That’s right.
  • I suppose so…
  • You’ve hit the nail on the head. / You’ve nailed it…
  • That’s spot on.
  • I’m afraid you’re right.

5 ways to say someone is wrong

  • No, you’ve got it wrong.
  • I’m afraid you’re mistaken.
  • I’m afraid that’s not quite right.
  • Baloney/ Bullshit.
  • I’m afraid that’s not quite right.

5 ways to say someone is smart

  • He’s very bright.
  • He’s really sharp.
  • She’s a genius.
  • She’s a brilliant.
  • He’s smart cookie.

5 ways to say someone is stupid

  • He’s a bit slow.
  • He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • She’s few cards short of a deck.
  • He’s a complete idiot.
  • He’s a dumb.

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