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  • Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.

  • Today I have got fifty phrases for you

  • that you can use in conversation.

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  • Right, let's get on with the lesson.

  • Firstly, let's discuss some common phrases

  • for asking how somebody is.

  • Firstly we have, what's up?

  • What's up?

  • This is quite informal and you're likely to receive

  • an informal answer.

  • Number two is what's new?

  • What's new?

  • This is asking for an update on what's been happening

  • since you last saw that person.

  • Number three, how's it going?

  • How's it going?

  • You might be wondering what it refers to,

  • it refers to everything which brings me on to my next one,

  • how's everything?

  • How's everything?

  • You can also ask, how are things?

  • This is very casual and very vague in general.

  • Or how is life?

  • How's life?

  • A slightly more formal one is,

  • how's life treating you?

  • How's life treating you?

  • Or what have you been up to recently?

  • Now, let's talk about common phrases

  • to respond to all of these to say how you are.

  • The most common one, I'm fine, thanks.

  • How are you?

  • If you are okay, not amazing

  • then you can say something like, pretty good.

  • Yeah, pretty good.

  • Or number 11 if nothing's changed,

  • everything is just the same as usual you can say,

  • same old really.

  • If things aren't going well then you can use number 12.

  • Not so great really.

  • Not very good.

  • Or number 13, could be better.

  • Could be better.

  • Or number 14, if everything's going very well

  • but you don't want to show off,

  • you can say something that's very popular now

  • which is, can't complain.

  • I can't complain.

  • Meaning others have it much worse than me

  • so I'm not going to say anything negative about my own life.

  • Now, let's talk about some phrases that you can use

  • to say thank you.

  • Number 15 we have, I really appreciate that

  • or I really appreciate it depending on the context.

  • This is quite heartfelt.

  • It's slightly more formal.

  • Another formal one number 16, I'm really grateful.

  • I'm really ever so grateful.

  • That's even more formal.

  • Number 17, if someone has shown you an act of kindness

  • you can say, that's so kind of you.

  • Or if you want to imply that you are also

  • going to return the favour then you can use number 18

  • which is I owe you one or I owe you big time.

  • Now, let's talk about some common ways

  • to respond to thank you.

  • Now, I have got a whole video on this

  • which I'll link in the description box

  • but just a couple to get you started.

  • Number 19, you're most welcome.

  • I much prefer this to your welcome which I think

  • is so overused but I talk about that in the video.

  • Number 20, very casual, no worries, no worries.

  • 21, another favourite of mine, my pleasure

  • which can also be shortened down to pleasure

  • which is very very casual.

  • And number 22, any time, any time.

  • Now, let's talk about some common phrases

  • that you can use to ask for information.

  • You can say, do you have any clue?

  • Or do you have any idea?

  • Those are interchangeable.

  • Do you have any clue where the supermarket is?

  • Or do you have any idea about the homework this evening?

  • Or number 24, this one's lovely,

  • you wouldn't happen to know X, would you?

  • So, you wouldn't happen to know about geometry, would you?

  • Or you wouldn't happen to know William, would you?

  • Or number 25, I don't suppose you'd know something?

  • For example, I don't suppose you'd know

  • where the taxi rank is?

  • And if people ask you for information

  • and you don't know how to respond you need to know ways

  • to say I don't know.

  • So, here are some common ways of saying

  • that you don't know something.

  • 26, very easy, I have no idea or I haven't got any idea.

  • Number 27, very similar is I haven't got a clue

  • and you will also hear British people say, I haven't a clue.

  • Sorry, I haven't a clue.

  • It's even the name of a radio programme, I think.

  • 28, sorry, I can't help you there

  • or sorry, I can't be any help.

  • Number 29, oh, I'm not really sure or I'm not so sure.

  • And number 30, actually, I've been wondering the same thing

  • or I've been wondering too.

  • Now, let's talk about some common phrases

  • for agreeing with people.

  • You can have number 31 which is exactly, exactly.

  • Or number 32 which is absolutely, absolutely.

  • I love this one I use it far too much, I think.

  • Number 33, usually said with a agreeing finger,

  • that's so true.

  • That is so true.

  • Or an alternative 34, that is so right,

  • you're so right.

  • Number 35, if you completely agree

  • with something someone says, I agree 100%

  • sometimes shortened down to I 100% agree.

  • I 100% agree.

  • That's very slang.

  • That's only in spoken English.

  • We wouldn't write that.

  • 36 this is very British,

  • I'm sure it's used in American English

  • but it's something we say a lot, couldn't agree more.

  • I couldn't agree more.

  • Sometimes we're getting rid of that first I,

  • couldn't agree with you more.

  • Or number 37, very informal, tell me about it.

  • Tell me about it, totally agree.

  • It's funny 'cause we're not asking you

  • to tell us about anything

  • but it's a common way of saying, ah, yes!

  • I feel the same way.

  • Now naturally, we need some phrases