These are groups of useful phrases, organized around different topics.
There are a few questions that English speakers ask at the beginning of a conversation. These questions are simple tools to find out if there are any interesting topics to discuss.
You've certainly heard these questions, but you might be confused about how to answer. Here's a list of common answers to the questions "How are you?", "How's it going?", "What's up?", and "What's happening?"
You might know two or three ways to say "Hello" to someone, but there are actually dozens of different expressions.
Why do we need so many different ways to say "Hello"? One reason is that English speakers like to avoid repeating words. If one person says "Hello", the other person might not want to repeat "Hello", but might use one of the following instead:
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When you're learning English, you can find a lot of phrases that seem to mean the same thing, but are a little bit different. It can be really hard to know which phrase you should use. A good example is phrases that you use to tell someone that you love them. There are so many different ways; which one should you use?
Here's how I suggest learning similar phrases:
- First, try to figure out...
This is a list of phrases for showing appreciation or gratitude to someone in English.
Light "thank you" phrases
If someone does something small for you, you can say:
It's common to follow "Thanks" with a person's name or a word to address them:
It's not often used in American English, but English speakers in Britain and...
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Halloween is a holiday that happens on October 31st each year. People dress up in strange costumes. Kids wear these costumes to walk around the neighborhood and ask their neighbors for candy. Adults go to parties or street fairs. Here are some phrases that you might hear around Halloween:
People wear costumes on Halloween.