Making friends

Here are some English phrases to use when meeting new people, including introductions and some simple conversation topics.


what's your name?
my name's …
my name's Chris
my name's Emily
I'm …
I'm Ben
I'm Sophie
this is …
this is Lucy
this is my wife
this is my husband
this is my boyfriend
this is my girlfriend
this is my son
this is my daughter
I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name
do you know each other?
nice to meet you
pleased to meet you
how do you do? (formal expression used when meeting someone new; the correct reply is how do you do?)
how do you know each other?
we work together
we used to work together
we were at school together
we're at university together
we went to university together
through friends

Where are you from?

where are you from?
where do you come from?
whereabouts are you from?
I'm from …
I'm from England
whereabouts in … are you from?
whereabouts in Canada are you from?
what part of … do you come from?
what part of Italy do you come from?
where do you live?
I live in …
I live in London
I live in France
I'm originally from Dublin but now live in Edinburgh
I was born in Australia but grew up in England

Further conversation

what brings you to …?
what brings you to England?
I'm on holiday
I'm on business
I live here
I work here
I study here
why did you come to …?
why did you come to the UK?
I came here to work
I came here to study
I wanted to live abroad
how long have you lived here?
I've only just arrived
a few months
about a year
just over two years
three years
how long are you planning to stay here?
until August
a few months
another year
I'm not sure
do you like it here?
yes, I love it!
I like it a lot
it's OK
what do you like about it?
I like the …
I like the food
I like the weather
I like the people

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