Here are some basic English phrases which you can use in everyday conversation, as well as some common words you will see on signs.
|Thanks very much
|Thank you very much
The following are some polite ways you can reply to someone who thanks you:
|Don't mention it
|Not at all
Saying hello and goodbye
Here are some different ways to greet people:
|Good morning (used before noon)
|Good afternoon (used between noon and 6pm)
|Good evening (used after 6pm)
The following expressions, on the other hand, are some different things you can say when saying goodbye:
|See you soon!
|See you later!
|Have a nice day!
|Have a good weekend!
Getting someone's attention and apologising
|Excuse me (can be used to get someone's attention, to get past someone, or to apologise)
If someone apologises to you, you can reply using one of the following expressions:
|It's OK or That's OK
|Don't worry about it
Making yourself understood
|I don't speak English
|I don't speak much English
|I only speak very little English
|I speak a little English
|Please speak more slowly
|Please write it down
|Could you please repeat that?
|I don't understand
Other basic phrases
|Excuse me, where's the toilet?
|Excuse me, where's the Gents?
|Excuse me, where's the Ladies?
Things you might see
|Gentlemen (often abbreviated to Gents)
|Occupied or Engaged
|Out of order