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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...


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 ...





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