Phrase Lists

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

Phrases for reconnecting with an old friend

Friends hugging

Do you know what to say to an old friend who you haven't seen in many years? Here are some phrases that you can use when you reunite with someone:

Greet them

People who haven't met in a long time often act surprised, even when their meeting was planned:

Oh my gosh, look who it is!

Well if it isn't my old buddy Bill!

You might want to comment on how long it's been since you last met:

Hey...


Words and phrases for talking about coffee in English

Coffee cups

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Are you a coffee drinker?

How do you take your coffee? Do you take it black, or do you like to add milk or sugar to it? Do you prefer skim milk (milk with no fat), whole milkcream, or half-and-half (half milk, half cream)?

Drip coffee is popular in the U.S. You brew drip coffee in a coffee machine that uses paper...


Phrases for talking about gardening in English

 Gardening

Do you like to garden? Here are some words and phrases for talking about gardening in English:

There are a few different types of gardens:

  • vegetable gardens, in which you grow vegetables and fruits to eat
  • flower gardens, which have pretty flowers
  • ornamental gardens, which contain a variety of flowers, grasses, bushes, and trees

Before you start to plant things in a garden, you might ...


English phrases for talking about skilled trades

Wrench

A "tradesperson" is someone who is skilled in an area that requires both manual labor (working with your hands) and specialized expertise (detailed knowledge about how to do something).

Here are some skilled trades. You can click to read an encyclopedia entry if you're curious about one of these jobs:

  • mechanic is someone who fixes machines. When someone...


The most common English online slang

You may sometimes notice strange non-words that pop up in informal writing online: things like "OMG", "bf", etc. These slang expressions have entered the English language in the last 10-15 years because they're faster to type than the fully-spelled-out words and phrases. 

Below is a list of the most common chat  that you can use when chatting online, posting to social media, writing...





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