Common English Words Used in Daily Conversation

Common English Words Used in Daily Conversation

Would you like to learn some of the common English words used in daily conversation?
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Below are some basic phrases that will help you to expand your vocabulary and sound like a native English speaker?

If You Want to Ask Someone to Say Something Again

  • Pardon
  • I’m sorry I didn’t hear what you said
  • I’m sorry I didn’t catch what you said
  • Would you say that again, please?
  • Could you say that again, please?
  • Would you repeat what you said, please?
  • Could you repeat what you said, please?
  • I’m sorry, what did you say?

Informal Way to Ask Someone to Say Something Again

  • What was that again?
  • What was that?

Very Informal Way to Ask Someone to Say Something Again

  • What?
  • Eh (er)
  • Huh
  • Mm

Ways Check if You Have Understood

  • So …
  • Does that mean …?
  • Do you mean …?
  • If I understand right …
  • I’m not sure I understand. Does that mean …?

How to Say Something Another Way

  • In other words …
  • That means …
  • What I mean is …
  • That’s to say …
  • …, or rather …
  • What I’m trying to say is …
  • What I’m driving at is …
  • What I’m getting at is …

What to Say When You’re Giving yourself Time to Think

  • …, oh, …
  • …, er, …
  • …, um, …
  • Let me see…
  • Let me think…
  • …, just a moment, …
  • …, you see, …
  • …, you know, …
  • How shall I put it?
  • …, now what’s the word…?

If You Want to Add Something

  • I’d like to make another point.
  • I’d also like to say …
  • What does the word … mean?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you write it on the board, please?
  • You need help
  • I don’t understand, I’m sorry.
  • I’m not sure I understand what you mean.
  • Could you step aside, please? I can’t see the board.
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you repeat, please?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you say it again, please?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you spell that word, please?
  • What’s the meaning of …?
  • What’s the French word for …?
  • What’s the English word for …?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you speak louder, please?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you speak up, please?
  • Can you/ Could you/ Would you speak more slowly, please?
  • I didn’t hear what you said.

When You’re A Little Uncertain

  • I’m afraid I don’t know.
  • I haven’t a clue.
  • I’m afraid I haven’t got the faintest idea.
  • I’m afraid I haven’t got the slightest idea.
  • I’m terribly sorry but I don’t understand the question.
  • Sorry I don’t know what you mean.
  • I’ve no idea what I’m expected to do.
  • I wish I knew.
  • I must admit I don’t know much about this problem.
  • I’m sorry but I don’t know what to say.
  • I’m not sure I can answer.

How to Check if Someone Has Understood You

  • Do you know what I mean?
  • … if you see what I mean.
  • I hope that’s clear.
  • Do I make myself clear?

Informal Way to Check if Someone Has Understood You

  • Right?
  • Are you with me?
  • Get it?

Very Informal Way to Check if Someone Has Understood You

  • Got the message?
  • Understand?

Ways to Change the Subject

  • …, by the way, …
  • …, before I forget, …
  • …, I nearly forgot, …

What to Say When You’re Interested

  • Uh, uh
  • I see …
  • Really?
  • Oh, yes.
  • How intesting!
  • I know what you mean.
  • I see what you mean.

If You Want to Apologize

  • Sorry, I’m late.
  • Sorry for being late.
  • I apologize for being late.
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