Common Phrases in English: The most common conversation starters, Phrases, Idiomatic expressions and Fillers in English

The most common phrases in English

How are you=How is it goin? What’s up? What’s happening? What’s new? How’ve you been?  How you been? What are you up to? What have you been up to? What’s going on? How’s everything? What’s cooking? How are things goin? How’s business? How are things with you? What’s shaking?

I’m fine=Nothing much, same old same old, things are OK, hanging in there, I’m doing OK, all right, no complaints, things are the same, keeping cool, keeping busy, been getting by

Nice to meet you=Nice meeting you, glad to meet you, I’m happy to meet you, it was pleasure meeting you

After meeting a friend=It’s good to see you again, It’s been fun talking to you, nice running into you, good seeing you again, thanks for coming, thanks for dropping by, thanks for stopping over,  Good bye for now, bye now, see you later alligator, I’ll catch you later, see you around, see ya, laters, take care, talk to you later

Conversation w. strangers= Do you come here often? How did you find out about this…? Is this seat taken? Can you keep an eye on ..while? Don’t I know you from somewhere?  Haven’t we met before? you got a minute? If you don’t mind my asking…, I’m gonna get a coffee would you want one? Did you see the show last night? Do you have the time? Do you know what time it is? You have nice shoes, is this your first time in…?

Conversation w. friends= Did you hear the news…they..? hey..guess what? You are not gonna believe this… we gotta talk, can we talk? do you have a minute? hey.. the other day I was,

Wait= hold on a sec., hold on, wait a moment, wait a minute/second, just a moment, wait your turn

I’m sad/anxious= I’m going nuts, I’m going crazy, I’m losing my mind, I’m freaking out, I need a break, I can’t take it anymore

I couldn’t understand= Sorry? Pardon? Come again? Can you say that again? Sorry I couldn’t get it? I Don’t get it, I don’t follow you, I’m not sure if I know what you mean, I didn’t quite get that, I couldn’t quite understand what you were saying?  what did you say? Could you please repeat it/repeat yourself? Could you please speak slower/louder? Could you spell that?

When Leaving= sorry but I gotta go, I gotta run, I have to leave now, well it’s getting late, I need to run, I’m afraid I must be going, I’d better be off, I better get moving, I’m out of here, time to go, time to run, gotta go, gotta run, gotta take off, gotta shove off, have to go now, have to move along

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