Phrase Lists

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

13 qualities of a great athlete in English

A great athlete

What does it take to be a world-class athlete? What qualities do you need to have? Here are some words and phrases to use when describing great athletes in English:

  1. It takes drive.
    You have to be driven to improve every day. You can't be satisfied with your last performance. 
  2. It takes discipline.
    You have to be disciplined. You have to follow a strict exercise and eating...

English for talking about clothing: shirts


Can you name all of the shirts in the image above? Scroll down to find the answers!

Things that you can do with (or without) a shirt

  • put on a shirt
  • wear a shirt
  • take your shirt off
  • change your shirt
  • change into a shirt
  • change out of a shirt
  • roll up your sleeves
  • pop your collar (some people do this to look cool)
  • tuck in your shirt
  • spill something on your shirt / spill something all down...

Describing a divorce in English

Divorce terminology

When a married couple decides that they don't want to be married anymore, they get divorced.

Sometimes the couple will separate first without getting legally divorced. This can also be called a "trial separation". If they can fix their problems, they might reconcile, which means that they get back together again.

A divorce starts when one of the people files for divorce....

English phrases for talking about swimming

Swimming Pool

Phrases to describe the activity of swimming

  • Go swimming
  • Go for a swim
  • Go for a dip (in the pool, in the ocean, etc.)
  • Take a dip (in the pool, in the ocean, etc.)
  • Jump in the pool

Places to swim

  • A "public pool" is available for anyone to swim in, sometimes for free and sometimes for a charge.
  • An "indoor pool" is inside a building.
  • A "kiddie pool" is a small pool that you can buy at a store...

How to respond to "How are you?", "What's up?", and other conversation starters

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?"

How are...

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