Phrase Lists

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

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?"

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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:


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