7 English Phrases You NEED To Know! (Sound Like A Native English Speaker)

Lesson summary

Feel shy when speaking English because you don't know what to say? In this lesson you will learn 7 phrases that can be used in many different situations.

Video transcript

Yeah that sounds good.  All right, I’ve gotta go now. I’ll talk to you later.  I just used two phrases native speakers use all the time. What were they? Let’s find out.

 

What’s up guys? My name is Shane and today we are talking about 7 phrases native speakers use every day. 

One of the best ways to learn English is to learn new phrases because when you learn a new phrase you can use it to communicate with native speakers but if you learn new words you might not know how to put them into a sentence so you might not be able to use the words. 

 

Learning new phrases also helps your listening skills because when native speakers use these phrases and you hear them, you will know what is being said to you so let’s get started and look at the first phrase for today. 

 

Phrase #1

The first phrase today is hi, how are you going? Hi, how are you going?  This is a very common phrase that you can use to start a conversation with anyone at anytime.  You can use it in informal situations with your friends and family and with formal situations with your boss and at work.

But when it’s said really quickly, we say it like this, hi how ya goin? Hi, how ya goin? We don’t say are and we change the u to yuh.  And we don’t say going, we say goin’. Hi, how ya goin’?  now you try.  Hi, how ya goin’? 

And if someone says this to you, a very common response is, I’m good thanks, how are you? 

 

Phrase #2

And the second phrase for today is, I would like to.  I would like to.  This is a very formal phrase we use when we want to request something. 

 

For example, maybe you are on the phone and you want to book a doctor’s appointment or maybe you are talking to your boss and you want to request a day off, you can say I would like to request this Friday off please.

 

When we say it really really quickly, it becomes I’d like tuh, I’d like tuh.  We don’t’ say I would, we say I’d.  We don’t say to, we say tuh.  So it sounds like this, I’d like tuh, I’d like tuh. Now you try, I’d like tuh. 

And a someone says this to you, maybe you work in an office and someone wants to book an appointment, a very common response is sure, no problem.  And then you ask them some further information. 

 

For example, what day would you like to come in?

Phrase #3

And the third phrase is what do you think?  What do you think?  This is a really good phrase to ask people their opinions, their feelings.  It can be used formally and informally. 

 

For example, let’s say I want to go to the beach with my friend tomorrow.  I can say let’s go to the beach tomorrow, what do you think?  And when we say it really really quickly, it becomes woddayuhthink?  Woddayuhthink?  Woddayuhthink?  Now you try.  Woddayuhthink? 

And if someone ever says this to you, a very common response is I think …

Phrase #4

And the next phrase is that sounds good.  This is a very common phrase to agree with someone or to accept an invitation. 

 

So for example, if somebody says do you want to study English today and you want to study English, you can say that sounds good. 

 

When it’s said really fast, we don’t say the that, we just say sounds good.  Sounds good.  Now you try, sounds good. 

And if someone says this to you, you don’t have to reply but if you want to reply, you can say something like awesome or great. 

Phrase #5

And the next phrase is I’ll be with you in a moment.  I’ll be with you in a moment.  This just means please wait. 

 

It’s a very formal phrase and we don’t normally use it with friends or family.  It’s normally used at work or on the phone. 

 

But when we say it really quickly, it sounds like this.  I’ll be with yuh ina moment.  I’ll be with yuh ina moment.  Now you try – I’ll be with yuh ina moment. 

 

And if someone says this to you, you don’t have to reply but if you want to say something back, you can just say, no problem or no worries.

Phrase #6

And the next phrase is, actually, I think that.  This is a very polite phrase to disagree with someone. 

 

So let’s pretend someone says to me, Shane, English is so hard but I actually think English is easy.  So I could say actually, I think that learning English is easy because …

And if someone says this to you, a common response is, oh okay, well I think that … and you give your reasons, you tell the person what you think. 

 

Phrase #7

Alright and the last phrase for today is a very very common phrase.  It’s all right I’ve gotta go, I’ll talk to you later. All right I’ve gotta go, I’ll talk to you later. 

This phrase can be used in formal and informal situations and we use it to end a conversation or when we want to say bye. 

So if you’re talking to your friend on the phone and you want to end the conversation, you can say all right, I’ve gotta go now, I’ll talk to you later. 

 

And when we say it really quickly, it sounds like this.  All right, I’ve gotta go, I’ll talk to yuh later.  All right, I’ve gotta go, I’ll talk to yuh later.  One more time.  All right, I’ve gotta go, I’ll talk to yuh later.  Now you try. 

And if someone says this to you, a very common response is okay no problem, I’ll talk to you later.  Okay, no problem, have a good day. 

All right, that is it for today.  Make sure you practise the 7 phrases we learned in today’s video because they are very very useful.  And if you haven’t subscribed already, make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any video that can help you understand English like a native speaker.  And If you liked the video, please hit like and share this with your friends who are learning English.  If you want me to make a video about anything, please comment down below and let me know.  And for more English, make sure you are following my Instagram and my facebook and I will see you in the next video.

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