80. Essential Social English

Some of the most important phrases, responses and common expressions used in English every day. These are sets of phrases that always go together. Some people call them adjacency pairs.
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Learn many of these vital expressions in this episode of Luke’s English Podcast, one of the fastest growing English language learning podcasts online.

Below you will see all the phrases which I teach in this episode. Thanks for listening. Please make a donation if you can.

Social English:

1. Hello:
Alright?
-Alright
How’s it going?
-fine thanks
-not bad
-pretty good
-could be worse
What are you up to? / What have you been up to? / What’s new?
-nothing really
-not much
-this and that
-same as normal/usual
-the same old thing really
–how about you?
How’re things? / How’s things?
-fine thanks
How are you getting on?
-fine thanks

2. Invitations:
Are you up to anything later?
-not much, no
(Do you) want to come to a party?
I’m going to a party if you’d like to come
Do you fancy coming to a party later?
-sounds good
-yeah, sure
-why not
-yeah alright
-I can’t make it
-I’m doing something

3. Goodbye:
See you later
See you in a bit
See ya
Take care
-you too
Cheers
Bye
Catch up with you soon
Keep in touch
Say “hi” to John for me, will you?

4. Leaving:
I’m off
I’d better be off
I’ve got to go
I’m going to chip/trap/scoot
I’m going to make like a tree, and ‘leaf’/’leave’
I’m going to make like a banana, and ‘split’
Have a good evening
-you too
See you tomorrow
-see ya
Take care
-you too
Have a good weekend
-you too! bye!

5. Other things:
Sorry
-that’s alright
PLEASE
THANK YOU
-you’re welcome
-that’s okay
Could you open to the window for me please?
-sure
-yes
-certainly
You couldn’t open the window for me by any chance, could you?
-sure
-certainly
-yes
Have you got the time?
You don’t happen to have the time by any chance do you?
-yes, it’s 4.30
-yes, it’s just gone ten past
Would you like something to drink?
-yes please
-no thanks
-No, I’m fine thanks
-No, you’re alright
Can I help you (at all)?
-no I’m just looking thanks
Do you mind if I smoke?
-No, go ahead!
-Yes, I do mind actually. This is a no-smoking area.
Let’s get started shall we?
-yes, okay
-good idea
Can I just squeeze past?
exCUSE meE!
Cheers x3
Sorry I’m late
What?
Pardon?
What did you say?
Sorry, what was that?
Bless you
-thanks
Oh come ON!
I need the toilet
I think I’m going to throw up
Put the money in the bag!
Hands up
Follow that car
step on it!
Get down!
Get out of there!
It’s gonna blow!
It’s showtime!
We’ve got company!
I’ll be back
off you go
You’ve gotta be kidding me!
For Christ’s sake John!
Get out of here!
How YOU doin?
What’s the matter with you?
Gimme a break god damn it!

6. Good night:
Right, I’m off to bed
Right, I’m going to hit the sack
Good night
Sleep well
-you too
Sweet dreams
Mind the bed bugs don’t bite

Morning
Afternoon
Evening

That’s it. Now watch these funny videos of Hollywood cliches such as “IT’S SHOWTIME!” and “GET OUT OF THERE!”



4 responses to “80. Essential Social English

  1. COMMENT ARCHIVE FROM PODOMATIC.COM
    (9 months ago)
    You are so hilariuos Luke!

    Eduardo Mata (12 months ago)
    very, very good. Thank you very much

    Hanouf (about 1 year ago)
    You don’t mind if I try to build more phrases,do you?

    like saying Mind how you go.

    Hanouf (about 1 year ago)
    You don’t mind if try to add to your list, do you?
    How about saying: Mind the way you go as a way to say bye.

    Eduardo Mendes da Costa (over 1 year ago)
    Great !!!!

    (over 1 year ago)
    great job

    (over 1 year ago)
    I am a Thai person in England, I like to listen to your podcast alot, keep up the good work :)

    (over 1 year ago)
    Thank you , Luke

    (almost 2 years ago)
    The basics of English language.

    Luke Thompson (almost 2 years ago)
    The song at the beginning is the theme from Knight Rider – a classic TV show from the 80s.

    (almost 2 years ago)
    …. Thanks luke! Great podcast!

    (almost 2 years ago)
    Hi Luke,
    This podcast is so useful, I love it!
    Would you make a podcast about job interview in the future?

    (almost 2 years ago)
    Great lesson!
    I’ll have to recommend this to my students!

    (almost 2 years ago)
    Very useful episode! Thank you.
    Hey Luke, this sing in the introduction, sounds very familiar. Where did you get it?

    (about 2 years ago)
    Thank you Luke! Your podcasts are very usefull and interesting!

    Nathalie (about 2 years ago)
    Just great! Thorough, dynamic and really very useful. An audio phrase-book, I’d say. Thank you.

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  3. Eduardo Mata

    very, very, very good! Thank you very much.

  4. Santha Kumar

    Very good site to learn English

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