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EVERYDAY
EXPRESSIONS
Common Expressions
Conversation Building
Expressions
These expressions are used to organize what we say. They’re often said
to change the top...
1. “As I was saying…”
• We use “As I was saying…” when you want to take the conversation back
to an earlier point.
• Often...
2. “Speaking of…”
• We use, “Speaking of…” when you want to start a new topic, but it’s
related to the old topic.
Ex: “I u...
3. If you ask me…
• We use, “If you ask me…” when we want to share our opinion, even
though no one asked for it.
Ex: “They...
4. That reminds me…
• We say, “That reminds me…” when something in the conversation
reminds us of something else.
EX: “Wow...
5. “Come to think of it…”
• We say, “Come to think of it…” when you realize there may be a
problem/issue with something.
E...
Modifying Expressions
These statements make sense of the information presented.
1. “If worst comes to worst…”
Means: “if the situation is bad...”
Ex: “If we don’t leave now, we’ll be late to the meeting...
2. “If all else fails…”
Means: “if nothing else succeeds, we can do X.”
Ex: “What if I don’t save enough money to pay for ...
3. “What with one thing or another”
Means: “ you failed to do something because of many reasons,
circumstances, factors......
4. When it comes to... (something)
Means: “ when considering something…”
Ex: “When it comes to cooking, I’m completely los...
5. As far as I’m concerned…”
Means: “ as far as it affects me / from my point of view”
Ex: “We can travel in June or July,...
6. As luck would have it…
Means: “luckily” or when something unexpectedly good happens
Ex: “A lady at the restaurant had a...
General Expressions
1. Never mind
Means: forget about it; don’t worry about it
Ex: “Have you seen my other shoe? Oh, never mind, here it is!”
...
2. to pass away
Means: This is a gentler/softer way to say “died”
Ex: “I’m so sorry to hear that your grandmother passed a...
3. to “ring a bell”
Means: To be reminded of something
Ex: “Do you know Alex Turner? He used to work for your company.”
“ ...
4. Been there, done that.
Means: I’ve already done something like this before (and I’m over it)
Ex: “Let’s go to Vung Tau!...
5. to “put up with”
Means: To deal with someone or something unpleasant
Ex: “I will not put up with lateness! If you’re la...
6. if something is “lame”
Means: something/someone is not good; ridiculous; not “cool”
Ex: “Are you going to see John agai...
7. to be ‘pissed off’
Means: a slang term for “really angry”
Ex: “Why didn’t you attend the birthday party?”
“ Oh, I was a...
8. To “go on strike”
Means: to stop working in order to change a rule/law/behavior
Ex: “Our company has reduced holiday ti...
9. “no wonder”
Means: “obviously” – it’s when something isn’t a surprise
Ex: “She works 2 full-time jobs & takes care of h...
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English: Everyday Expressions

  1. 1. EVERYDAY EXPRESSIONS Common Expressions
  2. 2. Conversation Building Expressions These expressions are used to organize what we say. They’re often said to change the topic (as transitional phrases), to make the next statement sound natural.
  3. 3. 1. “As I was saying…” • We use “As I was saying…” when you want to take the conversation back to an earlier point. • Often said after something interrupts your conversation Ex: “As I was saying (before I got a phone all), I have worked for my company for nearly 5 years.” Ex: “As I was saying before, you should really consider going on a cruise instead of planning a holiday by yourself. It’s stress-free!”
  4. 4. 2. “Speaking of…” • We use, “Speaking of…” when you want to start a new topic, but it’s related to the old topic. Ex: “I used to go to the cinema weekly before I had children.” “Oh, me too! Say, speaking of the cinema, did you see that they were opening a new one near your house?” Ex: “John is a former colleague. We worked together at Gentech.” “Oh! Speaking of former colleagues, did you hear that Amy quit AB Pharma, and she’s now working for Pharma5?”
  5. 5. 3. If you ask me… • We use, “If you ask me…” when we want to share our opinion, even though no one asked for it. Ex: “They’re building a a new shopping mall in Phu My Hung. It’s going to be really big.” “Well, If you ask me, I think Crescent & Parkson is enough. Phu My Hung doesn’t need more malls.” Ex: “We’re cancelling our business trip in Da Nang due to bad weather.” “If you ask me, I think all of our meetings should be over Skype during the rainy season. It’s frustrating dealing with flight delays & cancellations
  6. 6. 4. That reminds me… • We say, “That reminds me…” when something in the conversation reminds us of something else. EX: “Wow! Your son is getting so tall, especially for a 10 year old.” “Oh, that reminds me. His birthday is coming, and I need to get him a present.” Ex: “Can we please meet to discuss the action plan for next quarter?” “Of course, and that reminds me, I need to speak to the Director of Hospital 221.”
  7. 7. 5. “Come to think of it…” • We say, “Come to think of it…” when you realize there may be a problem/issue with something. Ex: “My internet has been going so slow. Come to think of it, I don’t know whether or not I paid my bill last month.” Ex: “I can’t find my cell phone anywhere. Come to think of it, I don’t remember putting it in my bag. Maybe I left it at the restaurant…”
  8. 8. Modifying Expressions These statements make sense of the information presented.
  9. 9. 1. “If worst comes to worst…” Means: “if the situation is bad...” Ex: “If we don’t leave now, we’ll be late to the meeting.” “Well, if worst comes to worst, we can always get the meeting minutes.” Ex: “I’m not so sure about reserving this hotel. It may be far from the city.” “If worst comes to worst, we can always cancel our reservation after one night and move to a different hotel.”
  10. 10. 2. “If all else fails…” Means: “if nothing else succeeds, we can do X.” Ex: “What if I don’t save enough money to pay for a wedding?” “When all else fails, you can always ask to borrow from your parents.” Ex: “I’m worried I won’t get the job I want.” “When all else fails, you can work at another company and re-apply to the job you want when you have more experience.”
  11. 11. 3. “What with one thing or another” Means: “ you failed to do something because of many reasons, circumstances, factors...” Ex: “What with one thing or another, I forgot to return your call.” Ex: “Julie is late again. Should we order dinner without her?” “Julie is always late what with one thing or another, let’s order!”
  12. 12. 4. When it comes to... (something) Means: “ when considering something…” Ex: “When it comes to cooking, I’m completely lost in the kitchen.” Ex: “He may not be strong with accounting, but when it comes to sales, he’s incredibly talented!”
  13. 13. 5. As far as I’m concerned…” Means: “ as far as it affects me / from my point of view” Ex: “We can travel in June or July, either time is perfect to go to the beach as far as I’m concerned.” Ex: “As far as we’re concerned, our neighbors are very friendly to us, and we don’t know why the other neighbors don’t like them.”
  14. 14. 6. As luck would have it… Means: “luckily” or when something unexpectedly good happens Ex: “A lady at the restaurant had a bad allergic reaction, but as luck would have it, there was a doctor sitting at the next table who helped her.” Ex: “I forgot to bring my passport, but as luck would have it, my flight was delayed, so I had time to go back to my house to retrieve it.”
  15. 15. General Expressions
  16. 16. 1. Never mind Means: forget about it; don’t worry about it Ex: “Have you seen my other shoe? Oh, never mind, here it is!” Ex: “So, did you do on your exam? ” “The exam? Oh, never mind the exam! I just won a $500!”
  17. 17. 2. to pass away Means: This is a gentler/softer way to say “died” Ex: “I’m so sorry to hear that your grandmother passed away.” Ex: “Last year, my uncle passed away from liver failure.”
  18. 18. 3. to “ring a bell” Means: To be reminded of something Ex: “Do you know Alex Turner? He used to work for your company.” “ Hmmm, that name rings a bell. When did he work here?” Ex: “Have you ever eaten at La Luna?” “ That name doesn’t ring a bell. I don’t think so.”
  19. 19. 4. Been there, done that. Means: I’ve already done something like this before (and I’m over it) Ex: “Let’s go to Vung Tau!” “Ugh, been there, done that – Can we go someplace new?” Ex: “Why don’t you work in sales?” “ Been there, done that, and I’m terrible at sales.”
  20. 20. 5. to “put up with” Means: To deal with someone or something unpleasant Ex: “I will not put up with lateness! If you’re late, you should stay home. I’ll take it out of your annual leave.” Ex: “How do you put up with having 3 teen daughters?” “Oh, it requires a lot of patience and meditation!”
  21. 21. 6. if something is “lame” Means: something/someone is not good; ridiculous; not “cool” Ex: “Are you going to see John again?.” “I don’t think so. He’s a bit lame, and his jokes aren’t funny.” Ex: “I can’t come to dinner because I need to clean my room.” “That’s a lame excuse! C’mon, you should really join us.”
  22. 22. 7. to be ‘pissed off’ Means: a slang term for “really angry” Ex: “Why didn’t you attend the birthday party?” “ Oh, I was a little pissed off at Tom, so I didn’t want to see him there.” Ex: “My boss really pissed me off today because she yelled at me in front of everyone! How embarrassing!”
  23. 23. 8. To “go on strike” Means: to stop working in order to change a rule/law/behavior Ex: “Our company has reduced holiday time and insurance coverage, so tomorrow, the staff will go on strike, to get upper-management attention.” Ex: “My kids and husband never help me clean, so I’m going on strike! I’m going to the spa for a relaxing massage!”
  24. 24. 9. “no wonder” Means: “obviously” – it’s when something isn’t a surprise Ex: “She works 2 full-time jobs & takes care of her children in the evenings. No wonder she is always so tired!” Ex: “It’s no wonder why you dislike high heels! They’re so uncomfortable and difficult to walk in.”

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