English phrases for daily use – Small Talk Phrases

By Robby

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Robby KukursMY NAME IS ROBBY, and I’m the author of the English Harmony System – Read About My 5 Year Long Journey to English Fluency HERE!

Hi my foreign English speaking friends! Here I’ve created a list of the most important English small talk phrases so that you never have situations when you get stuck when bumping into someone on the street or greeting your colleagues in the morning!

Here you’ll also find a good number of English phrases you can use to respond to typical greetings. And even more – some of the phrases below will help you add more substance to what you’re saying to your chat partner and also help you take time and think over the question.

At the end of the list you’ll find typical good-bye phrases and you’ll definitely find them handy when finishing off a conversation or even if you want to get rid of the person you’re chatting with! 🙂

There’s also industry small talk phrases – and they’re definitely going to come in handy in work-related situations. Whenever you want to ask your work colleague to cover you for a couple of hours and tell them you’re going to keep a low profile because you went out the night before – all this is covered in the industry small talk section!

So, click on the links below and they’ll take you to the respective section of English small talk phrases! 😉

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I’m so pleased to meet you – have you just been introduced to a new person and you want to tell them how nice it is meeting them? Well, this is just the right phrase to use on such an occasion!

English small talk phrases introductions
I’ve heard so much about you – in case the person you’re being introduced to is well known, this is just the right English small talk phrase to tell them during the introduction!
It’s good to have you here! – sometimes you may want to make the new person feel welcome at the party or event, so this is what you tell them to make them feel included.

I’d like you to meet someone! – this is a typical way of introducing a new person to one or more people.

I am indeed! And you must be… – when someone else approaches you and calls you by your name, and you’re pretty sure who that person is, this is the right English small talk phrase to use: “Hello, is it Mark?” – “I am indeed! And you must be James!?”

I’ll leave you two to get acquainted! – if you have to leave two people you just introduced to each other, this is the perfect phrase for such a situation.

Please, call me… – a few minutes into the conversation with a new person you may want to lighten up the mood by giving the other person a permission to call you by your name or a more friendly version of your name: “And by the way Michael…” – “Please, call me Mike!”

I almost didn’t recognize you! – sometimes we get to see people we haven’t seen for a long, long time – and this English small talk phrase is the typical way of expressing your excitement at seeing them again.

Have we met before? – in case you really don’t recognize the person saying hello to you, you can use this phrase to ask them if you’ve met before. Yes, it’s a bit awkward, but there’s really no better way of putting it!

It’s good to see you again! – this is how you recognize the presence of an old friend or acquaintance when you meet them after a while.

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Conversation Starters & Greetings (UPDATED!)

New! Hi, I’m …. . What brings you here? – this is an effective way to start a conversation with someone you meet an event, and allows you start a discussion about why you are there.
New! Hi, I’m …. . Are you the first time here? – if you are the first time at an event you can use this phrase to start a conversation and also see if the other person is also the first time there or he/she has already been there and can give you information about the last time.
New! Hi, I’m …. .  I wanted to introduce myself.  – this is straight forward way to introduce yourself and start a conversation.
I was wondering if – this is a beautiful way to strike up a conversation with someone you might know, yet you haven’t spoken to them too often. Typically it would be some occasion when you get to meet your work colleagues and talk about something else other than work-related matters!
 Sorry to bother you – this starter phrase is pretty universal and can be used in a lot of situations – ranging from chatting up strangers on the street when asking for directions and ending with addressing a busy co-worker when approaching them for advice!
Excuse me, would you happen to know – this is another one of those phrases you can use when asking people for advice in pretty much any life situation – be it when trying to find the nearest grocery shop or when navigating a new building you’re visiting for the first time.
What you been up to lately? – this is a great English small talk phrase used to inquire what the other person has been doing lately. You’ll probably notice that there’s something wrong with the way the sentence is constructed – it should really say “What HAVE you been up to lately?” – but guess what? It’s typical to leave out words in spoken English, and as a matter of fact, when you speak in real life, this phrase sounds more like “Watch you bin up to lately?” Try it – and you’ll realize that you sound WAY MORE native-like this way! By the way – are you interested in sounding like a native English speaker? Then check out the Accent Genie Program HERE!

How are you getting on? – just another way of saying ‘how are you?’
Conversation Starter English Small Talk Phrases

You doing OK? – asked when the person has had some tough experience recently and you want to ask politely if they’re OK.

Hi, …! What’s new? – this is a very informal way of greeting a close friend or anyone who you see on a regular basis and you want to ask has anything happened since you last met.

Hi, …! What’s up? – the same as above with a difference that you’re probably not that interested in what news the other person might have.

Hi, …! Long time no see! – used when you haven’t seen the person for a long period of time and you want to state that fact in the greeting.

Hi, …! Have you been keeping busy? – just a standard enquiry with little or no direct meaning.

Do you mind me asking…? – a typical way of asking something that might be a slightly personal question.

OK, here’s the thing … – a very handy way to start making your point if you’re not sure how to begin the sentence.

Is everything OK? – this is what you’d say to a person when you see that they’re distressed and obviously not OK. Normally you’d ask this to a close friend or a work colleague – but you can also say this to a stranger you meet in the street and if it’s obvious that that person needs help.

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Event Small Talk (New!)

You can use this phrases in networking events or other kind of events.

New! How did you hear about this event? – this helps getting a conversation started with something you both have in common.
New! What a great place for an event! – a great way to start a discussion about the event location.
New! Are you from here? – if you are not from the city of the event, or you suppose your conversation partner is not, this is a good way to exchange some more information.
New! What are you doing [in your work – if it is not a work related event]– ask what the other persons job is.
New! Have you met … ? – in this way you can introduce someone else into the conversation.

Typical Responses

Thanks, I’ve been keeping busy – just a standard response to a standard greeting with little or no direct meaning.

English Small Talk Phrases - Responses & Answers

Thanks for asking, I’m fine, how are you? – a typical response and counter-question to a greeting phrase ‘how are you?’

Sorry, I didn’t catch that? – the verb “to catch” in this context means “to understand”, so this English small talk response phrase means “Sorry, I didn’t understand what you just said?” – it’s just that in conversational English we use these type of slang words to make it sound friendlier and easier to understand!

Help yourself! – this English small talk phrase is one of the traditional phrases you’ll find in all English phrase-books, and it’s an encouraging phrase used to let the other person know that they can go ahead with the action in question. Typically this is used as a response when the other person is asking for permission to take something, and then you tell them that they can certainly do it: “Sorry, do you mind if I take this cookie? Everyone seems to have taken theirs…” – “Sure, help yourself!”

Where were we? – imagine a situation when you’re speaking with someone, and then somehow you’re getting side-tracked and you veer off the original subject, or it could be that some other person distracts you and you forget where you left off. Now, this is the typical phrase to be used in situations like these – you’re basically asking your conversation partner what it was that you were talking about last.

How’s that sound for you? – let’s say for argument’s sake, you’re proposing something to your conversation partner. Well, in this case this small talk phrase is ideal to ask for their opinion on your proposal! Here’s an example: “Listen, I know what we’re doing tonight. Let’s go to the movies, there’s a new blockbuster out! How’s that sound for you?”

…if that’s alright with you? – you can attach this small talk bit at the end of your sentence to ask for the other person’s permission. Let’s imagine for a second you’re telling your work colleague you have to leave your desk for a few minutes, but you just want to be sure he’s OK with that. So here’s what you say “Listen Jimmy, I’m gonna leave my desk for a few minutes to make a really important phone call if that’s alright with you?” 

Hi, how are you doing? It’s good to see you! – a typical response to a greeting from someone you haven’t seen for a while.

Can’t complain – a response to a standard greeting like ‘How are you?’ It’s not as exciting phrase as ‘Thanks, I’m great!’ but it doesn’t mean you’re having some problems in your life.

Can you say it again, please? – a request to repeat the question if you didn’t understand what was said. This can also be used when the native speaking person speaks a bit too fast – they should get the hint and slow down a bit. But if they don’t, you can ask a more direct question:

Can you slow it down a bit, please?

And how about you? – a typical response when you’re not sure what to ask next so you’re asking the other person the same think they asked you. You can respond with this counter-greeting on nearly all standard greetings.

To the best of my knowledge … – when you’re 99% sure about the statement you’re making. Also a good start of a response you want to take a bit more time to consider what you’re going to say.

As far as I know … – the same as above.

Good for you! – a response to someone telling you about their success in something or some good news that they’re happy about.

Can’t argue with that – used when you agree with the statement of the other person.

How do you know? – a counter-question you can ask when someone surprises you with a question about something they’re not really expected to know.

That’s a good one! – a surprise response to funny or surprising news from your chat partner.

Really? Tell me more about it! – used when you want your chat partner to tell me about what he/she just said.

Frankly speaking, … – just a way to start your response. It indicates that you’re about to open up and be very honest with your chat partner. A great way of establishing an immediate trust.

Well, to be honest with you, … – the same as above.

Sure, no problem! – a typical response to a small request you’re happy to do. This one is especially used when responding to superiors’ requests and it sounds more enthusiastic than if you simply say ‘sure’ or ‘OK’.

Never mind, it’s fine! – this phrase is used when the person offers to do a favour for you but it’s not really necessary.

Never mind, forget what I just said – this phrase is to be used when you said something that wasn’t important at all but your chat partner wants you to repeat it. You can also use this phrase if you feel that he/she might be slightly annoyed or offended by your question or comment so you want to end it there.

You got me there – this can be said instead of ‘I don’t’ know’ – it will sound more casual and not as defensive as the old ‘I don’t know’!

You’ve got to be kidding me! – said when someone tells you something that borders on the unbelievable and you want to express your surprise.

That’s a good question. – a phrase used when you want to take your time to think over the question. This is an ideal phrase to use when you’re stuck but instead of remaining silent you can start your response with this phrase.

Well, how to put it in the right words… – the same as above.

That’d be great! – a response to an offer that you’re really happy about.

… you know what I mean? – this is quite an overused phrase but you can definitely use it at the end of a sentence if you want to emphasize what you just said.

You see, the thing is that … – this is how you begin a sentence when you’re asked to explain something.

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Industry & Office Small-talk

Another day! – this is just a short phrase you can use to start your working day with. It doesn’t necessarily mean your job is boring; it merely states the fact that you all have a brand new working day ahead.
Industry English Small Talk Phrases

Nose to the grindstone! – this one is a typical English idiom, and it means to start working hard and be 100% focused on what you’re doing. Typically you’d use this one at the end of a conversation as a way of indicating you’re going back to your work-related duties.

(Company name), (Your Name) speaking, how can I help you? – if you’re working in a company’s helpdesk answering phone, this is the most common line you’ll be using in your daily work! So basically you substitute information in the brackets with your own credentials, something like this: “ABC Recruitment, Marie speaking, how can I help you?”

Sorry for keeping you waiting! – and this is what you say to someone who’s been waiting for a while on the line while you’ve been trying to get through to the right person.

I’ll be with you in a minute… – this English small talk phrase will come in handy if you’re working as a receptionist, for example, and you have to leave the client for a short period of time while you’re looking up relevant information in another room or finding the right person to deal with the client’s query.

Just bear with me for a moment… – this is just another way of telling the client that you’ll be with them in a short while. In this context to “bear with me” simply means to be patient with the fact that I’ll be gone, simple as that!

Leave it with me! – if you want to tell the customer that they can leave the matters with you and that you’re going to deal with the issue, this is the right English small talk phrase to use.

How was your weekend? – you can use this small-talk greeting to inquire about the person’s weekend and it’s a typical small-talk phrase you’d hear on a Monday morning.

Anything new going on? – again, a typical phrase to be used when coming into work – especially after a weekend or a few days off.

The boss is in a mood… – you can use this small-talk phrase to let your colleagues know your boss is in a bad mood and it’s best to steer clear to avoid trouble. Please note you don’t even have to say “in a BAD mood”; the word “mood” says it all just on its own.

All work and no play! – this is another English idiom and you can use it when having a conversation about going out and taking some rest. Here’s a typical sentence: “Hey Jim, why not go out tonight, we’ve been working so hard – all work and no play!”

Better keep the head down today – this English idiomatic expression comes in handy when you need to advise someone to stay quiet and avoid problems. Maybe it’s because that person’s been out drinking the night before, maybe it’s because they’ve been giving others hard time and the boss is after them – there are many situations when this small-talk phrase can be used!

Thank heavens it’s Friday – quite obviously you’ll be using this English small talk phrase when greeting your work colleagues on a Friday morning – as we all know, Fridays are the most awaited days of the week, and everybody’s looking forward to the weekend ahead!

You working the weekend? – in case you’re doing shift work, this is a handy phrase to use when asking your colleague if she or he is going to work during the weekend.

Are you working hours in? – let’s say, for argument’s sake, you notice someone staying at work longer than normally, so you want to inquire for the reason they’re doing this. Your best guess is that the person in question has taken some extra time off work, so you want to ask them if they’re working those hours in now. Well, this is the perfect phrase for the occasion!

I’m tired – I got no sleep last night – I guess this phrase is pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? 😉

Had a few drinks so I’m flying under the radar! – if you went out the night before, it’s totally understandable you’ll want to stay put and keep a low profile in case someone from the management realizes you’re not fully capable of fulfilling your work related duties! 🙂

Can you cover me? – this is a typical way of asking someone if they can work in your place while you’re taking a couple of hours off work to deal with your personal stuff.

It’s so boring! – this is quite a self-explanatory phrase to be used whenever you’re bored. It can be used as a handy conversation starter if there’s another person nearby doing the same job – if they also look bored you can simply exclaim “It’s so boring!” and see if they respond to that.

Wish I had her job! – if someone else’s job looks better than yours, you can use this English small talk phrase to either start a conversation or respond to someone else making a remark about how easy it is for that person compared to the situation that you’re in.

We’re not paid enough! – if you think you’re not remunerated adequately (show me an employee who thinks he’s getting paid enough!), here’s a phrase to be used when you’re having a small talk with some colleague of yours and you have to express your opinion in relation to the small wages.

That’s one job I wouldn’t do! – this is how you refer to a job you definitely wouldn’t be willing to do no matter who asks you to do it. But then again – everything has a price, isn’t that right?

That’s a cushy number! – English idiomatic expression “cushy number” means a very comfortable and easy job. So when you’re seeing someone sitting around all day doing nothing, you can tell your friend “That’s a cushy number!” meaning that the job in question is really easy.

I don’t know how he got that job! – there’s always someone in the company who doesn’t know what they’re doing and you often wonder how they got the job in the first place, right? So, next time around when you make a comment about such a person when having a small talk with someone, you can use this phrase.

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Departure Phrases (UPDATED!)

NEW! It’s time for me to head out. –  this is a polite way to let your conversation partner know that you have to go and have to finish the conversation.
And just before I go – this is something that you can say just before you’re leaving. Typically this would be a situation when you just thought of something else to say: “Oh yes, and just before I go – can you please remind Charlie to drop by and collect his stuff?”
We’ll catch up later! – if you’re saying goodbye to a very close friend or an acquaintance, this phrase is just what you need!
Be back in a minute – this is kind of a departure phrase, yet at the same time you’re letting others know that you’re going to be back. Please notice that you don’t have to say “I’ll be back in a minute” – conversationally it’s totally OK just to say “Be back in a minute!”
I’d better be going – followed by a simple phrase like ‘it’s too late’, or ‘have lots to do’ – and indicator you’d like to walk off and finish the conversation.

Goodbye English Small Talk Phrases

I really gotta go – this is the least formal way of telling someone that you definitely have to leave now. This is the best way of two friends, for example, finishing a conversation and personally I use this phrase quite often!

OK, I’m sorry but I have to leave now! – used when your chat partner has clear intentions of continuing the conversation but you just need to go so you’re making it clear that you need to go.

See you later! – used when you know that you’ll be seeing each other again sometime.

See you around! – the same as above

See you in a couple of minutes! – this phrase is typically used when you’re leaving the other person for a short while during an event, for example.

Keep in touch! – a good-bye phrase meaning you want the other person to get in touch with you every now and then and that you’ve the same intentions.

It was nice seeing you, take care! – a good-bye phrase used when you know that you won’t see the person for a while.

It’s been good talking to you! – the same as above phrase.

Hope to see you again! – you can use this phrase when finishing a conversation with someone you’ve just met.

Say hello to …! – a short and handy way of saying to remind someone from you.

English Idiomatic Expressions

Now You’ve Finished Reading this List… What’s Next?

You’re pretty excited having found my blog and especially this list of English small-talk phrases, isn’t that right?

There’s one small problem though…

The chances are, you’re going to forget MOST of these phrases within a matter of hours, and next week you’ll be lucky to remember ANY of them!

Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not trying to insult your intelligence and imply that you have bad memory. It’s NATURAL to forget all kinds of information after just one exposure; it’s just human nature.

So I guess it poses the next logical question“How to make sure you can actually use such and similar phrases in YOUR daily conversations with work colleagues, college friends and people you meet?”

Here’s the Most Effective Way to Learn These Small Talk Phrases…

The best way of imprinting these small talk phrases into your mind is by utilizing spaced repetition. It might sound very technical, while in fact it simply means you have to repeat and memorize a phrase a number of times over a certain period of time.

  1. Repeat each phrase three times.
  2. Then do it once more tomorrow.
  3. Go back to it after a longer period of time – say, a week or two.

This spaced repetition principle ensures that the small talk phrases you’re memorizing REMAIN in your ACTIVE vocabulary. It basically means you’ll be able to USE those phrases in relevant situations, and that’s definitely what you want, isn’t it?

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  • Yash

    Hey thanks a million man.. That was awesome

  • aravind dama

    Hi Robby…. Thanks for your amazing program. From so long i am searching for these kind of collection of words…. Excellent…

  • gaurav

    really nice experience i got with this individual

  • Mitali Sareen

    Hey Robby, these set of phrases give a whole lot of idea how to use them on daily basis, really useful.
    Thanks for your amazing program

  • Astik Pateriya

    Well taking into consideration that I’m taking TOEFL this week, can you please give me some suggestions for getting a perfect score in SPEAKING section.

  • English Harmony

    Hi Kowalskijan, thank you for your feedback. I don’t have a pdf like this, but I will now consider to create it. Thank you

  • kowalskijan

    Hello Robert, I have bought your amazing program, I was wondering is there any pdf on the website where I can find a list of phrases you are using in all modules. I cant find it anywhere. What i am looking for is the script for all lessons which could be really helpfull. Thank you for your reply.

  • English Harmony

    Hi Astik, with what can I help you?

  • Mehma Waseem

    Thank Robby you must be appreciated
    I have been searching for days and day to increase my knowledge but wasn’t able to but now I searched yours its great and made me blissful
    I have a thing wanting u to tell me that that is there any other sit of yours from where I could increase my daily use vocabulary

  • Mehma Waseem

    Thanks Robby it was very perusing you must be appreciated for this
    The thing I want u to tell me is Is there any other site of yours where I could get some daily used orvoftenly used simple words with there meaning

  • Astik Pateriya

    Do u have any other suggestion for me SIR??

  • Astik Pateriya

    Let me tell u Robby, u are one of the very few I ENJOYED reading and of course learnt a lot. Pretty cool guy u seem to be after reading ur response to Rudhir’s comment. BTW I’m right now in 12th and preparing for American universities.

  • English Harmony

    Thank you for the feedback! We will consider this for a new blog post

  • Chirags Shah

    is any one live there

  • Chirags Shah

    hello I would like to know more statements which can be used for Live web chat process
    Which can make customer feel comfortable and easy and short statements

  • bala bbv

    Can tell any one to me, How can I improve my english

  • bala bbv

    Hi everybody and good evening you all

  • Thanks my friend, much appreciated!

  • Tue Dang

    Thanks your job is very great!

  • Thanks so much, much appreciated! 😉

  • hamza

    thats awesome……..great work….robby….

  • Thanks so much Sachi for your feedback, I really appreciate it! 😉

  • Sachi

    Hi Robby,
    Thank you so much.I have gone through different website for learning idioms and to know how native speaker use them. You’r site is one of the best site.This is very helpful,really appreciate.Thanks

  • Thanks so much for the positive feedback, much appreciated!

  • Abhinav Awasthi

    Hello Sir.. I would like to appreciate your work.. It’s very useful and amazing

  • No problem, and thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated! 😉

  • sandip

    Hi Robby, Thanks for the information, will help me in daily work, good job.

  • Thank you! 😉

  • Sunny Day

    thanks robby… I’ll share it in our community…

  • No problem! 😉

  • Rajveer Dhillon

    Thankyou sir for this information
    It is really helpful for me

  • Hi Rajveer,

    You may want to check out these phrases: http://englishharmony.com/formal-email-writing/ – these may be just the ones that you’re looking for! 😉

  • Rajveer Dhillon

    Sir these phrases are use in daily life…
    I am not good in speaking and i am going to give a ielts test..
    Can you please provide a phrases that use in offically work …
    Like writing letter,essay,
    Que card topics

  • Well, every time you use the English language you become a little bit more fluent. So yes, it would help you to gain more fluency in the language even if you’re speaking with a foreign English speaker. Actually, it doesn’t matter who you’re speaking TO, all that matters is that YOU’RE speaking! 😉

  • Sunny Day

    Hi, Robby. I have a question. I’m just concerned with our community policy which is English campaign, would it help us to learn to be fluent in English even though we’re talking to non-native speakers? Because most of us are not that accustomed in the language.

  • Well, in a nutshell – yes, that’s how you do it, but there’s more to it than just that:
    * Don’t learn similar phrases at once or else you’ll get mixed up;
    * Don’t just memorize them without contextual engagement – make sure you USE the phrases as part of a mock conversation whereby you’re pretending to talk to someone – and do it over and over again!

  • awesome Gando

    So Robby, to memorize all of these phrases, I will read each of them 3 times and do spaced repetition??

  • Hi Rudhir,
    Thanks for your feedback – can you just please let me know what exactly it is that you didn’t like about these small talk phrases?

  • rudhir

    very bad i didnt like this at all

  • Hi Joyce,

    Thanks for commenting, and I actually think I might just have exactly what you’re looking for! 😉

    Please check out these English sentence starters http://englishharmony.com/sentence-starters/ – I’m sure you’ll find plenty of those phrases very useful in situations you describe in your comment!

    There’s plenty of phrases in the list about disagreeing, expressing your opinion and making general statements, and I actually included a bunch of new ones just now and updated that phrase list so that you would have more phrases to choose from!

    So, check them out here: http://englishharmony.com/sentence-starters/ – and let me know what you think!



  • Joyce

    Robby, would you add lists of positive, good, sweet, constructive responses, please? I have been googling almost an hour but I didn’t find anything like what I was hoping to find. I haven’t used much but I thought “I hadn’t thought of that before” would be useful at home with husband or at work when I feel my beliefe is opposite of that person. But I don’t speak good enough to address my opinion especially opposition, so I just don’t say anything, because it becomes very direct and I feel I sounds like an idiot. I almost automatically say “No.” when I have different ideas of my husband or disagree. I never do that in my first language even if I don’t agree with someone I can say very politely and nicely why I disagree or whatever just fine conversationalist. But I don’t know any phrases I should say first before I state my idea of oppositions or just to keep conversations going. I sometime say ” Is that so?” when i feel I don’t have to address what I think about it. Well, I can’t because I can’t speak good enough to make people understand why I think the way I think. A sentence consist around 10 words, I practice and try to use everyday with my husband then I hink it becomes mine. I hope you have time to make the list…Bye.

  • Vartika Chandel

    I can speak in English but when I try to speak anything before anyone specially before those who have a good command over English then before speaking a single word I think a lot of time weather I’m Wrong or Right and then at last to go forward for Hindi,as I visited your Blogs today at first time and I’m watching your Videos also so for that thanks a lot and I’m sorry Right now I’m unable to purchase ur Kit so can u help me in Speaking through another way,

  • Hi Ritto,

    It was a HUGE problem in my life a few years ago as well, and I dealt with it by way of constant spoken practice and learning phrases and collocations!

    Please follow this link to see how you can use this blog most effectively: http://englishharmony.com/start/



  • You’re welcome Shivani, and yes – I’ll definitely keep adding more of these phrases onto this article here! 😉

  • Shivani Karkera

    I would encourage if you’d give us more. 🙂

  • Shivani Karkera

    Thank you so much sir.That was seriously very helpful as I’m gonna meet all of my cousins after soo many year’s. 🙂

  • Sure, I’ll keep updating them on a regular basis! 😉

  • Gcentral

    Give us more! This is very helpful. And yes, thank you very much!

  • Thanks Rakesh, and you’re dead right in saying that the first impression is the lasting one, and that’s exactly where the small-talk phrases step in! 😉

  • Rakesh mahant

    These small sentence can be make we very impressive during first meeting…

    And as always people says “first impression is the last impression”
    So thank you sir I always appreciate to you and your job also …..

  • Thanks so much for your positive feedback, and I’m really glad you like these small-talk phrases! 😉

  • Abdulrahman Mussa

    That’s really great work! Thanks a lot!

  • I couldn’t agree with you on this – these phrases are indeed very important and very useful!

  • Sohail Latif

    very v important fhrase for daily conversation of life

  • Please read articles I’ve published under this category on my blog: http://englishharmony.com/category/english-confidence/ – you’re bound to find plenty of useful info there!

  • Thanks Salman, I’m glad you like this phrase list!

  • Salman Ahmed

    very informative and immensely helpful for our daily life.

  • mussa

    Thanks much brother.i think this would be the solution of my problem.
    I’m architectural technician from Tanzania and i have been trying be good in speaking and writing English since 2010, to be honestly am feeling shy to use the language in front of others

  • Thanks so much Razan, I really appreciate your positive feedback, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog in the weeks and months to come! 😉

  • Razan

    Thanks for your kind efforts, which are really helpful for our daily life conversation. it’s simply too good 🙂

  • Ãäfrëêñ Qüddüsï

    Plz,help me to figure out the meaning of you got me there. how can we use this sentence instead of i dont know. its confusing me. could you plz para phrase it ..Thanks…

  • MeSh SaLar

    That z your Goodness 😉

  • Thanks so much, and I’ll definitely keep adding more phrases onto this small talk section – stay tuned! 😉

  • MeSh SaLar

    My Pleasure … Hmmm I’LL surely use these phrases in casual life IN SHA ALLAH … 🙂 Keep sharing your knowledge with us … God Bless You

  • Thanks for the positive feedback, I’m glad you like these small talk phrases! Just make sure to use at least some of them in real life! 😉

  • Mesh Salar

    Perfect English phrases … In short no words to explain beauty of these phrases … 🙂 Thankss

  • Thanks, I’m glad you like these phrases!

  • Annonymous

    This is super cool…

  • Zaid Mushtaq

    Robby.stay blessed 🙂
    it’s a nice job.I’m very glad to read the stuff.really awesome 😉

  • You’re welcome! And you’re totally right in saying that these kind of phrases help us speak English better – after all, this is conversational English you’ll come across in real life! 😉

  • saeed ardjmand

    thank you
    these kind of phrases help us learn English better.

  • Thanks for pointing it out!

  • James

    Hi you have a mistake there

    “Hi, how you’re doing! It’s good to see you!”

    It should be “Hi, How are you doing! …” or “Hi!, How ya doin” for how it would sound in natural speed spoken English

  • Thanks for the positive feedback Huzaifa, much appreciated!

  • Huzaifa Ahmad

    Awesome type of english course .. Good job Robby

  • Thanks António, I’m glad you like it!

  • Antônio

    I really loved the text….

  • Thanks Talha, much appreciated! 😉

  • Talha

    I’m not english speaker but it seems that this site helped me to improve my english…

  • You’re welcome Anand!

  • Anand kumar

    thank you friend!!!

  • Thanks Ruth, I’m glad you find this list of small-talk phrases useful!

  • ruth

    Its a really superb one thanks a lot for such a good and interesting site

  • Not really sure what you mean by that? These phrases are for any English speaker no matter where they live!

  • Mohammed Fayaz

    A boon to developing countries

  • You’re welcome my friend!

  • nums

    thank you

  • No problem, you’re welcome!

  • priya

    interesting:)) thanku:))

  • If you’re up for something a bit more sophisticated, check out these:


  • katrina

    too easy

  • Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

  • Teaandscones

    Good site . Thank you for sharing.

  • You’re welcome, I’m glad you find these phrases useful!

  • Rinks10

    thank you.. it really helps..

  • You’re welcome!


    Thank u very much n .See u around with some things with some new things

  • Hi Theara,

    Here’s phrases you’ll find very useful when doing job interviews: http://englishharmony.com/job-seeking/



  • Theara

    thanks so much sir! could you please send me more? I really need the words when we are interview in others companies.


  • You’re welcome!

  • Balasurian Nishantha

    superb….thanks a lot

  • You’re welcome my friend!

  • shivani

    thank u so much

  • I’m so glad Joni that you like this article, here’s another phrase article you may find useful: http://englishharmony.com/industry-specific-phrases/

  • Joni

    Hey thanks this is really helpfull article:).

  • Hi Jeevan K,

    You’re totally correct in pointing out that only speaking will develop your oral fluency – but it’s also possible even if there’s no-one to talk to you on a regular basis!

    Read/watch more about it here: http://englishharmony.com/non-english-speaking-society/


    Hope it sheds light on the matter,



  • Jeevan K

    Hey Thanks ROBBY,

    Its really helpful post, I am a IT professional from India and I have been trying to be fluent in English since last 5 to 6 years but i thought all my efforts goes wrong, coz here i have my native speakers and they wasn’t speak with me in english even if i try to speak in english. They feel shy when we speak english they think we speak wrong english so thats why they refuses to speak in english at any place. As i very well known @ speaking in english only can help out instead reading and writing for long.

  • Thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated!

  • shabeeri chirakkala

    thanx a lot
    really useful…..

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  • You’re welcome!


    Thanks sir…

  • Thanks, much appreciated! 😉

  • Gavsr

    Hope the blog is very usefull in daily routine

  • Thanks Diannah, I’m glad you find my blog useful and I’m also very glad we’re on the same page in terms of our attitude towards English studies! I wish you luck convincing your students of the usefulness of conversational English and the fact that grammar studies are way too overrated!

  • Thanks a lot Cecilia, much appreciated!

  • Diannah Llido

    incredible job, Mr.! I’m a young English teacher from the Philippines and I’ve been trying to convince and prove to my students as well as my co-teachers that learning English is not synonymous to studying grammar by counting nouns, verbs, blah, blah, blah……thanks for your blog…this makes a great material for authentic language learning..

  • Cecilia Mburu

    very helpful indeed

  • Hi Chandra,

    This blog is already quite famous! 😉

    Please read this article about the most commonly used words: http://englishharmony.com/english-word-frequency-lists/ and you’ll realize that it’s actually the wrong question.

    Instead we should focus on the most commonly used phrases, and this article is a great start on building your active phraseology.

    More resources:




  • chandra shekar

    think this blog gonna be femous soon !!
    This blog is very useful to improve my english .. that would be more good when you help me a bit more .. 🙂 i want something more in my english and u can only help buddy 🙂 will u please send some spoken words and line which commonly used in english that would be great for me .. chandra00003@gmail.com thats my email address please do me small fevar 🙂 thanks….

  • You’re welcome Sam!

  • sam

    tanx Dear!

  • You’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed these small talk phrases!

  • lizzy

    thank you!!!

  • Hi Neetesh,

    This article is full with phrases commonly used in English, and there’s a number of links on the top of the page pointing to even more articles containing such phrases!

    Also check out my other blog where I’m posting idiomatic expression videos: http://easyidioms.com/



  • Neetesh Sahu

    I think this blog gonna be femous soon !!
    This blog is very useful to improve my english .. that would be more good when you help me a bit more .. 🙂 i want something more in my english and u can only help buddy 🙂 will u please send some spoken words and line which commonly used in english that would be great for me .. neetesh21@yahoo.com thats my email address please do me small fevar 🙂 thanks….

  • You’re welcome my friend!

  • kam&

    thanks alot bro 😀

  • Thanks!

  • Pintu Kumar Pal

    That’s a good one!


    Thank you a lot sir.

  • Raheel100

    hun. really very useful website.

  • Raheel100

    Mansi its reall useful. u said right.

  • No probs, you’re welcome! :-))))

  • thanks a ton sir .!!!!!

  • sharan

    Nice one robby

  • Bibekanand

    hii robby what’s up man…. seriously these phrases r too helpful fo me 2 use in small talks wid frnds…. if possible den upload some more links so dat i ‘ll take it n increase my stalk of phrases….

  • Khola

    Great help..My friend was in great need of such phrases. Please do upload other phrases as well
    Thank you

  • Mansi

    it is nice site and i found it useful to me…….. 🙂

  • getahun

    now its time to learn other foreing languages and i’m confident from now thanks robby but keep on adding your phrases

  • sachin

    Really helpful…Thanks Robby!

  • No problem, I’m glad you liked this list of small-talk phrases! Now you’ve got to make sure to use at least a few of those in real life situations! 😉

  • Read this article for starters
    http://englishharmony.com/how-to-improve-english/ and let me know if you’ve any further questions!

  • shailendra

    A lot thanks for this ……
    It has given me a heartily solace to know more …….

  • Dear sir,

    i am speaking Hindi and Punjabi learn English but i don’t know how ….. please , help me ?


  • No problem!

  • sonam

    thank you so much..!!

  • Rule #1 – learn naturally occurring phrases and word combinations.

    Rule #2 – once you’ve learned them and you KNOW what’s correct and what’s not – don’t worry about mistakes anymore!

    Please refer to this article for more info:



  • sonam

    this really help me in improving my spoken english… i just want to ask what basic steps should i follow so that i don’t made any mistakes… as i am at learning stage..

  • Thank you! 😉

  • Binna

    simply superbbbbb,,,

  • Thanks!

  • No problem, I’m glad you find these phrases helpful!

  • harpreet singh

    gud job for weak student student like me who used common speaking language nt high fi ………….. gud page

  • Areeba

    Thanks for it. it was very helpful.

  • Abdul Jabbar

    this is very good attempt to teach English to every one  

  • I’m not really sure what you mean by that?

  • I definitely will!

  • Dhrubuonlyforyou

    mail me English speaking handout please

  • deisy

    add more phrases please

  • Thanks! 

  • Shajil.PT

    God bless You..It was very useful

  • No problem, I’m glad you find this article useful!

  • Kabhi

    This page gave me many daily uses sentences.Thanks for nice collection.

  • I’m glad you like this small-talk phrase list, thanks for the comment!

  • Burhan78


  • Thanks! 

  • Shorifkhan


  • No problem, thanks a lot for the comment, and I’ll definitely add more phrases to the list in the near future!

  • Muthuvalliammai

    its awesome.this web page has given me loads of phrases that could be used in making casual conversations.thanks for the wonderful work.please keep me posted!  

  • Hi, here’s software I developed: 

    It’s called the English Harmony System 2.0 and works brilliantly to re-wire struggling English speakers’ brain and help with fluency improvement!



  • Jency-s

    is there any software which is used to communivate in english with us?

  • coolguy23

    bro im trying to learn another language. Cause Im already fluent at english. Thanks your the man.

  • Even the mighty Robby makes mistakes! :-)))

    Well, you see – I’m not perfect and making mistakes is natural. I proof-read and spell-check every single one of my blog posts, but it’s inevitable that some mistakes will creep in – no matter how hard I try.

    I know it may seem a bit strange that someone blogging about achieving English fluency comes across as a bad English speaker, but believe me – we’re all human and after all it’s quite easy to make a spelling mistake with homophones. “Buy” and “bye” is a typical example, and so is “your” and “you’re”.

    Thanks for pointing in out anyway, well spotted! 😉



  • Yeap, I’m planning to add another batch of small-talk phrases quite soon, so stay tuned!

  • Hijabuna

    thnx but i hope you add more, i m from iraq…

  • DJ Starr

    Robby – I enjoyed this article, but there are a lot of grammar and spelling errors in it. I´ve corrected it if you´d like a copy.
    Example: good-buy? 

  • Harry_potter_rose


  • Thanks, and definitely drop back to my blog because I post at least 2 articles a week plus the occasional video!

  • Rehanraza00

    you are amazing Thanks for the help I will be checking you for more updates!

  • No problem, I’m glad you find these phrases useful! 😉

  • Atif Elahi

    good Effort

  • thanks robby !! this will definitely help me a lot for small talk  every time people use these expression and i never know what to say except Hi!! and a stupid smile arghhh… 

  • Thanks Mick, much appreciated! 

  • Mick

    as a voluntary English instructor I find this piece very helpful and informative.keep up the good work.


    informative………… n good one.

  • Prasheej


  • No problem Jason, and I guess all the comments under this article speak for themselves – foreign English speakers do find these phrases helpful!

  • Jason

    Ya, I do believe that this could be helpful for the users of English as their second or third language..Thanks buddy. 🙂

  • Thanks!

  • Sangeeta Sjar,a

    It was nice , I really liked it

  • Thanks!

  • Mzrfslm

    Good Job

  • Sahrishy

    This was very informative. I really want to improve my spoken english. I love to speak in english.

  • thanhs……………………..

  • I’m glad you find this article useful; check out the useful English phrases category to read related blog posts:u00a0http://englishharmony.com/category/useful-english-phrases/

  • Pkjaya2010

    It is very useful to me.Thanks a lot.u00a0

  • Ramya Harikumar

    useful information

  • Genious

    It was very useful

  • I don’t see why it wouldn’t be working for you – as far as you’re willing to invest some time and effort into the improvement process! 😉

  • No problems! Just keep learning something new every day and you’ll be amazed at your long-term English improvement!

  • Pramodnm7

    its was nice robby sir…i just believe that it would be working for me ..

  • Janna Bayan

    Thank youu00a0 Robby, it’s helpful for me.Just firs dayu00a0 hope i could improve my english

  • Thanks a lot!

  • You’re welcome and thanks for the positive feedback!

  • Hasangamethmal

    thank robby.i just start following your blog.itz very usefull bro.


    Thank you MR ROBBY.Its helpful for me.Many of phrases of the list I heard before but some people dont no when and where to use the phrases.I hope this phrases will help us in our future.THANK YOU MR ROBBY

  • There’s another blog post coming soon – check back in a few days!

  • Runlolarun Faster

    give more.really i need it

  • You’re welcome!

  • Senthilraja418

    yup its useful!!! thks

  • Yeap, and pretty useful, too! 😉

  • Foru40

    s….pretty interstng dude

  • You’re welcome!u00a0

  • Kumar Ravish

    Thank u very much…

  • Thanks! 😉

  • Kishor_praba

    Really helpful Mr.Robby

  • Hi Andy,nnThanks for the comment and I’m glad you find this list helpful!nnIt’s very short and barely scratches the surface, but if you read my blog posts you’ll find many more sayings and phrases you can use in daily conversations highlighted in red.u00a0n

  • Andy Lawrence

    Hey Robby. It’s a very helpful list of phrases. Thanks a lot. You do very good job. Many of phrases of the list I heard before but for some reasons couldn’t recognize them. Thanks again and please keep going this useful stuff!

  • I don’t like focusing on differences between American and British English – why bother with it if you’ll be understood anyway? Especially taking into account modern media driven American English expansion into Europe.

  • SWA RandomIdea

    What’s up? – Just to point out that there’s a difference in meaning between American English and British English – In AmE ‘What’s up?’ is like ‘What’s new?’, but in BrE it means ‘What’s wrong, what’s the problem?’

  • Hi Varuni,nnThanks for your comment, I’m glad you find my blog helpful!

  • varuni devi

    Hi Robby,nu00a0Am new to dis page……n i impressed a lot while i read those things 🙂 it s really very helpfull to d person who want to learn good english…….. itz amazing…….. Thanks 🙂

  • I’d say the second step is very important as it’s a natural trigger for the other person to say something in return!nnThanks a lot Aaron for your comment! 🙂

  • Small talk doesn’t come naturally for everyone, even for native English speakers like me. I used to be told that I was too quiet, or even that I seemed rude or arrogant. One reason for that was that I never really made small talk with people. nnHere are the steps that I suggest for making small talk:n1. When someone asks you a question, answer it.n2. At the end of your answer, add some extra information. Like if someone asks, “How are you doing?”, don’t just say “OK.” Say “OK. I’m glad it’s not as cold today as it was earlier this week.”n3. Ask a question back to the other person.nnIf you follow these steps, you can continue to make small talk for as long as you both want to.

  • Hi Pandey,nnThanks for your comment! As for more beneficial input – well… You’re welcome to read other blog posts and watch video episodes http://englishharmony.com/category/video-blog/ on my blog. It’s all about the same thing – how to speak naturally and fluently! 😉

  • pandey

    thats cool mate, act’ly me too was thinking the same as you.firstly we need to think in english rather than r native language,as by doing this we will include many emotions and scentences in r brain and we wont have hav to translate it frm r native language.i wud lv to hear more such beneficial input from u…

  • You’re welcome!

  • Johwayeong

    It’s authentic spoken English! Your blog really is helpful to me. Thank you so much robby 🙂