At work

Here are some English phrases that you may find useful in the workplace.

General phrases

how long have you worked here?
I'm going out for lunch
I'll be back at 1.30
how long does it take you to get to work?
the traffic was terrible today
how do you get to work?

Hopefully you won't hear this:

you're fired!

Absence from work

she's on maternity leave
he's on paternity leave
he's off sick today
he's not in today
she's on holiday
I'm afraid I'm not well and won't be able to come in today

Dealing with customers

he's with a customer at the moment
I'll be with you in a moment
sorry to keep you waiting
can I help you?
do you need any help?
what can I do for you?

Sound is available for all the English phrases on this page — simply click on any phrase to hear it.

Mobile app

Our award-winning English phrase guide app for Android devices contains over 6000 useful phrases and words with sound.

Get it on Google Play

Support our work

Help us to improve this site by becoming a supporter on Patreon. Benefits include the removal of all ads from the site and access to the Speak Languages Discord channel.

Become a supporter