Apologising

I'm so sorry.

/aɪm səʊ ˈsɒri/

How careless of me.

/haʊ ˈkeə.ləs əv mi:/

That's my fault.

/ðæts maɪ 'fɔ:lt/

Sorry.

/ˈsɒri/

Pardon me.

/ˈpɑːdn miː/

Please excuse my ignorance.

/pliːz ɪkˈskjuːz maɪ ˈɪɡnərəns/

Please accept our apologies.

/pliːz əkˈsept ˈaʊər əˈpɒlədʒiz/

Greetings

Hi.

/haɪ/

What's up?

/wɒts ʌp/

How do you do?

/ˈhaʊ də ju duː/

Hello.

/həˈləʊ/

Good morning.

/ɡʊd ˈmɔːnɪŋ/

Great to see you again.

/ˈɡreɪt tə ˈsiː ju əˈɡen/

Pleased to meet you.

/pliːzd tə miːt ju/

Asking for Info

D'you know...?

/djuː nəʊ/

Got any idea...?

/gɒt ˈeni aɪˈdɪə/

Would you happen to know...?

/wʊd juː ˈhæpən tuː nəʊ/

Can you tell me...?

/kæn juː tel miː/

I'd like to know...

/aɪd laɪk tuː nəʊ/

I don't suppose you know...?

/aɪ dəʊnt səˈpəʊz juː nəʊ/

I wonder if you could tell me...?

/aɪ ˈwʌndər ɪf juː kʊd tel miː/

Requests

Will you ...?

/wɪl juː/

Could you please...?

/kʊd juː 'pliːz/

Could you possibly...?

/kʊd juː ˈpɒsəbli/

Would you...?

/wʊd juː/

Would you kindly...?

/wʊd juː ˈkaɪndli/

Would you mind...?

/wʊd juː maɪnd/

Would you be so kind as you...?

/wʊd juː biː səʊ 'kaɪnd æz juː/

Giving Opinions

I believe that...

/aɪ bɪˈliːv ðæt/

I'd say...

/aɪd seɪ/

If you ask me...

/ɪf juː ɑːsk 'miː/

Personally, I think...

/ˈpɜːsnəli, aɪ θɪŋk/

As far as I'm concerned...

/æz fɑːr æz aɪm kənˈsɜːnd/

If you don't mind me saying...

/ɪf juː dəʊnt maɪnd miː ˈseɪɪŋ /

From my point of view...

/frɒm maɪ pɔɪnt ɒv vjuː/

Saying Goodbye

I'm off.

/aɪm ɒf/

Bye!

/baɪ/

See you!

/siː juː/

Goodbye!

/gʊdˈbaɪ/

Good night!

/gʊd naɪt/

Have a nice day!

/hæv ə naɪs deɪ/

I must be going.

/aɪ mʌst biː ˈgəʊɪŋ/

Advice

How about...?

/haʊ əˈbaʊt/

If I were you, I'd...

/ɪf aɪ wɜː juː, aɪd/

You might try...

/juː maɪt traɪ/

Why don't you...?

/waɪ dəʊnt juː/

It might be a good idea to...

/ɪt maɪt biː ə gʊd aɪˈdɪə tuː/

I would strongly advise you to...

/aɪ wʊd ˈstrɒŋli ədˈvaɪz juː tuː/

My advice would be to...

Asking for Help

Could you spare a moment?

/kʊd juː speər ə ˈməʊmənt/

Can you give me a hand with this?

/kæn juː 'gɪv miː ə hænd wɪð ðɪs/

I could do with some help, please.

/aɪ kʊd duː wɪð sʌm 'help, pliːz/

I need some help, please.

/aɪ niːd sʌm help, pliːz/

Can I ask a favour?

/kæn aɪ ɑːsk ə ˈfeɪvə/

Could you help me for a second?

/kʊd juː help miː fɔːr ə ˈsekənd/

I wonder if you could help me with this?

/aɪ ˈwʌndər ɪf juː kʊd help miː wɪð ðɪs/

Reminding

Sorry to be a bore but do remember to...

/ˈsɒri tuː biː ə bɔː bʌt duː rɪˈmembə tuː/

You won't forget to do it, will you?

/juː wəʊnt fəˈget tə duː ɪt, wɪl juː/

I hope you haven't forgotten to...

/aɪ həʊp juː hævnt fəˈgɒtn tuː/

Don't forget to do it.

/dəʊnt fəˈget tə duː ɪt/

Remember to do it.

/rɪˈmembə tə duː ɪt/

I'd like to remind you about...

/aɪd laɪk tuː ˈrɪmaɪnd juː əˈbaʊt/

May I remind you...

/meɪ aɪ ˈrɪmaɪnd juː/

Possibilities

It's quite likely...

/ɪts kwaɪt ˈlaɪkli/

There's a fifty-fifty chance of...

/ðeəz ə ˈfɪftɪˈfɪfti ʧɑːns ɒv/

It's probably going to...

/ɪts ˈprɒbəbli ˈgəʊɪŋ tuː/

Maybe...

/ˈmeɪbiː/

I wouldn't be surprised if...

/aɪ ˈwʊdnt biː səˈpraɪzd ɪf/

In all probability...

/ɪn ɔːl ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪti/

There's a good chance...

/ðeəz ə gʊd ʧɑːns/

Likes

I'm crazy about it.

/aɪm ˈkreɪzi əˈbaʊt ɪt/

I'm really into it.

/aɪm ˈrɪəli ˈɪntuː ɪt/

I'm a big fan of...

/aɪm ə bɪg fæn ɒv/

I like...

/aɪ laɪk/

There's nothing I like more than...

/ðeəz ˈnʌθɪŋ aɪ laɪk mɔː ðæn/

What I wouldn't give for...

/wɒt aɪ ˈwʊdnt gɪv fɔː/

I'm particularly fond of...

/aɪm pəˈtɪkjʊləli fɒnd ɒv/

Dislikes

I can't stand it.

/aɪ kɑːnt 'stænd ɪt/

I can't see what all the fuss is about.

/aɪ kɑːnt siː wɒt ɔːl ðə fʌs ɪz əˈbaʊt/

I'm not a big fan of...

/aɪm nɒt ə bɪg fæn ɒv/

I hate it.

/aɪ heɪt ɪt/

I'm not too keen on...

/aɪm nɒt tuː kiːn ɒn/

I can't work up any enthusiasm for it.

/aɪ kɑːnt wɜːk ʌp ˈeni ɪnˈθjuːzɪæzm fɔːr ɪt/

I'm afraid it doesn't appeal to me.

/aɪm əˈfreɪd ɪt dʌznt əˈpiːl tuː miː/

Encouraging

Keep going.

/kiːp ˈgəʊɪŋ/

Give it your best shot.

/gɪv ɪt jɔː best ʃɒt/

You're coming along well.

/jʊə ˈkʌmɪŋ əˈlɒŋ wel/

Come on, you can do it.

/kʌm ɒn, juː kæn duː ɪt/

You're on the right lines.

/jʊər ɒn ðə raɪt laɪnz/

That's a good effort.

/ðæts ə gʊd ˈefət/

That's a real improvement.

/ðæts ə rɪəl ɪmˈpruːvmənt/

Refusing

Get lost.

/get lɒst/

No way.

/nəʊ weɪ/

No Chance.

/nəʊ ʧɑːns/

I don't want to.

/aɪ dəʊnt wɒnt tuː/

Absolutely not.

/ˈæbsəluːtli nɒt/

I'd rather not.

/aɪd ˈrɑːðə nɒt/

No but thanks for asking.

/nəʊ bʌt θæŋks fɔːr ˈɑːskɪŋ/

Surprise

You're kidding!

/jʊə ˈkɪdɪŋ/

You don't say!

/juː dəʊnt seɪ/

What a surprise!

/wɒt ə səˈpraɪz/

Are you serious?

/ɑː juː ˈsɪərɪəs/

I'm speechless!

/aɪm ˈspiːʧlɪs/

I'd never have guessed.

/aɪd ˈnevə hæv gest/

That's the last thing I expected.

/ðæts ðə lɑːst θɪŋ aɪ ɪksˈpektɪd/

Being Worried

I've got butterflies in my stomach.

/aɪv gɒt ˈbʌtəflaɪz ɪn maɪ ˈstʌmək/

I'm afraid...

/aɪm əˈfreɪd/

I'm worried about...

/aɪm ˈwʌrid əˈbaʊt/

I'm scared that...

/aɪm skeəd ðæt/

I can't help thinking...

/aɪ kɑːnt help ˈθɪŋkɪŋ/

I can't stop thinking about it.

/aɪ kɑːnt stɒp ˈθɪŋkɪŋ əˈbaʊt ɪt/

It's been keeping me awake at night.

/ɪts biːn ˈkiːpɪŋ miː əˈweɪk æt naɪt/

Thanking People

Cheers.

/ʧɪəz/

Thanks.

/θæŋks/

That's so kind of you.

/ðæts səʊ kaɪnd ɒv juː/

Thank you.

/θæŋk juː ˈveri mʌʧ/

I really appreciate it.

/aɪ ˈrɪəli əˈpriːʃɪeɪt ɪt/

I am most grateful.

/aɪ æm məʊst ˈgreɪtfʊl/

We would like to express our gratitude.

/wiː wʊd laɪk tuː ɪksˈpres ˈaʊə ˈgrætɪtjuːd/

Agreeing

You are right.

/juː ɑː raɪt/

I'm with you on that one.

/aɪm wɪð juː ɒn ðæt wʌn/

I'd go along with that.

/aɪd gəʊ əˈlɒŋ wɪð ðæt/

That´s for sure.

/ðæts fɔː ʃʊə/

I think so too.

/aɪ θɪŋk səʊ tuː/

Yes, absolutely.

/jes, ˈæbsəluːtli/

I couldn't agree more.

/aɪ ˈkʊdnt əˈgriː mɔː/

Disagreeing

Rubbish!

/ˈrʌbɪʃ/

You can't be serious!

/juː kɑːnt biː ˈsɪərɪəs/

I'm not sure about that!

/aɪm nɒt ʃʊər əˈbaʊt ðæt/

I don't agree.

/aɪ dəʊnt əˈgriː/

I agree up to a point, but...

/aɪ əˈgriː ʌp tuː ə pɔɪnt, bʌt/

That's an interesting idea, but...

/ðæts ən ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ aɪˈdɪə, bʌt/

That's not how I see it.

/ðæts nɒt haʊ aɪ siː ɪt/

Speculating

I bet...

/aɪ bet/

No doubt...

/nəʊ daʊt/

It's unlikely that...

/ɪts ʌnˈlaɪkli ðæt/

I imagine...

/aɪ ɪˈmæʤɪn/

My guess is that...

/maɪ ges ɪz ðæt/

There's just a chance that...

/ðeəz ʤʌst ə ʧɑːns ðæt/

I wouldn't be surprised if...

/aɪ ˈwʊdnt biː səˈpraɪzd ɪf/