In this lesson, we are going to focus on some commonly used phrases in spoken English.
These are typical expressions used by native English speakers. Read the examples to learn how you can use them in your everyday life.
Some of these phrases are really advanced (C2 level of English).
For example: By all means. / Do your own thing. / Call it a day.
You can say that again! (Informal)
We use it when we strongly agree with what someone has said.
Don't ask! (Informal)
It is a way of saying that you don't want to talk or think about something because it was not good, pleasant, enjoyable, etc.
Synonyms: How long have you got? | Don't remind me.
Don't mention it! (Polite)
You can use it as a polite answer to someone who has just thanked you for something.
It's a way to accept someone's thanks.
Synonyms: You're welcome. | No problem. | Not at all. | My pleasure. (Polite)
So instead of saying 'You're welcome' all the time, you can use the expression above.
Don't mind someone. (Don't mind me/him/her/them.)
You can use it to tell someone to ignore someone else and to continue with what they are doing.
It can also be used to say sorry for someone else's behaviour.
Bear with me. (Phrasal verb)
This phrase is a polite way of asking someone to be patient while you do or finish something.
By all means.
You can use this phrase to politely agree with someone, give permission or say 'Yes'.
Synonyms: Of course. | Definitely. | Certainly. | Please do.
I see what you mean. / I see your point. / I know what you mean.
These phrases are used to tell someone that you understand what they are saying, even though you might not agree.
I know the feeling.
It is used in spoken English to show that you understand how someone feels about something. You show sympathy.
clear something <-> up (phrasal verb) - solve or explain something
Do your own thing. (Informal)
This phrase is used to tell someone to do what they want to do, without worrying what other people think or want.
Call it a day. (Informal)
You can say that when you decide to stop working, especially because you have done enough or you are tired.
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