Phrase Lists

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

15 ways to say "Hello" in English

 

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:

Hi

This is the plain,...


99 English Phrases to say 'I love you'

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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:

  1. First, try to figure out...


Phrases for thanking someone in English

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:

Thanks.

Thank you.

It's common to follow "Thanks" with a person's name or a word to address them:

Thanks darling.

Thanks Ben!

Appreciate it!

It's not often used in American English, but English speakers in Britain and...


Halloween English phrases

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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:

Costumes

People wear costumes on Halloween.

They can...


English expressions that waiters, waitresses, and restaurant staff use

When you go to a restaurant, you usually have a good idea of what's going to happen. That's because eating at a restaurant usually follows a set script. The wait staff isn't actually given a written script to memorize, of course. But even so, waiters and waitresses usually stick to a very narrow range of phrases. Here's what you can expect when you go to a restaurant.

The host or hostess

When...





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