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

Talk about your place in society, Part 2: Professions

Blue collar mechanic

This is the second article in our series on describing your place in society. In the last article, we presented ways to talk about wealth. This time, we'll be talking about a person's occupation.

We use different phrases to describe different kinds of jobs.

Blue collar and service jobs

A "blue collar" job is one that involves some kind of physical work. Some examples of "blue collar" jobs...


Talk about your place in society, Part 1: Wealth

Wealthy people on a jet

How would you describe your place in society?

Your "place in society" includes a few different aspectes:

  • how much money you have
  • your level of education
  • the kind of job you have
  • your ethnic background

It can be tricky to talk about these issues politely, but it's something that people discuss from time to time.

An academic term for someone's wealth and income is "socioeconomic status".

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33 English words and phrases for talking about your extended family

Family tree

You probably already know how to talk about your immediate family in English. Your immediate family includes your mother, father, sister, sisters, brothers, husband, wife, and children.

But you might have some questions when it comes to your extended family and some complicated family relations. Let's look at how to describe those people.

Grandparents and great-grandparents

As you know, your...


30 phrases for encouraging someone in English

Encouragement

When you want someone to try hard, keep going, or not give up, you can "encourage" them.

Here are some phrases that you can use for encouraging someone.

    Phrases to use when someone hasn't started yet.

    You can say these phrases to someone who's trying to decide whether to do something that seems difficult or risky:

  1. Give it a try.

    Example: Your friend has never driven a car with a manual...


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...





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