Phrase Lists

These are groups of useful phrases, organized around different topics.

Phrases for talking about commonly discussed political issues

By Emily Hitz, contributor


If you’re interested in politics, you may want to try talking about them in English. However, it’s a difficult topic in any language, so the more accurate your vocabulary is, the better. Here are some words and phrases to get you started.



Immigration is the issue of who should be allowed to enter a country. Some people...

How to talk about T.V. shows in English

By Emily Hitz, contributor

T.V. Remote

How much did you watch? 

An episode is a single segment of a tv show. An episode will usually last 30 minutes or an hour. Most tv shows put out one new episode each week, with occasional breaks in between.

Some weeks there isn’t a new episode, or maybe the show is off the air. In that case, you can only watch reruns – old episodes of a...

English for talking about makeup and cosmetics

By Emily Hitz, contributor

Girl putting on makeup

For many people, talking about makeup is like speaking another language. If you're a fan of makeup, or perhaps an expert, you might use some of these phrases to describe the science and art of cosmetics (another word for makeup).

Things you do with makeup

There are several phrases for the makeup process. The two most common are put on makeup, and do...

25 ways to say "sorry" in English

By Emily Hitz, contributor


Knowing how to apologize is an important part of being polite. You probably already know "sorry", but there are many other ways to apologize in English.

Apologizing for small mistakes

Simply saying "sorry" is most common with small mistakes, like bumping into someone or saying someone’s name wrong. In these situations, people often say:


English phrases for car owners

White car

If you own an automobile, there are lots of things that you have to do to keep it running and in good shape. This article will teach you how to talk about those responsibilities in English.

Financial responsibilities

Most car owners have car payments that they have to make. You make car payments until you've payed off your car loan, or until your car's lease is up.

If you live in a big city...

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