A collection of useful phrases in British English, a variety of English spoken in the UK, recorded by Simon Ager, the author of this site. Although I grew up in Lancashire in the northwest of England, my accent is closer to RP (Received Pronunciation), with some regional influences.
If you can provide these phrases and/or recordings in other varieties of English (including regional accents), please contact me.
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal.
|Hello (General greeting)||Hello
|Hello (on phone)||Hello|
|How are you?||How are you?
How are things? (inf)
How's it going? (inf)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Fine thanks, and you?
Not bad, and yourself? (inf)
Okay, and you? (inf)
|Long time no see||Long time no see
I haven't seen you for a long time
I haven't seen you for ages
|What's your name?||What's your name?
What are you called?
|My name is ...||My name is ...
I'm called ...
|Where are you from?||Where are you from?
Where do you come from?
|I'm from ...||I'm from ...
I come from ...
|Pleased to meet you||Pleased to meet you
Nice to meet you
A pleasure to meet you
|Good night||Good night
Night night (inf)
Good night, sleep tight
Good night, sleep tight, hope the bedbugs don't bite
See you later
|Good luck!||Good luck!
Break a leg!
(said before a musical/theatrical performance)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Down the hatch!
|Have a nice day||Have a nice day
Have a lovely day
Have a pleasant day
Have a good day
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Enjoy your meal!
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Have a good journey!
Have a good trip!
|I understand||I understand
I get it
|I don't understand||I don't understand
I don't get it
|I don't know||I don't know
I dunno (inf)
|Please speak more slowly||Please speak more slowly
Could you speak a bit more slowly?
Slow down please
|Please say that again||Please say that again
Could you say that again?
Please repeat that
|Please write it down||Please write it down
Could you possibly write it down?
Could you write it down?
Would you mind writing it down?
|Do you speak English?||Do you speak English?
Can you speak English?
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Yes, a little|
|Do you speak a language
|Do you speak a language other than English?
Besides English, what languge(s) do you speak?
What language(s) do you speak besides English?
|Speak to me in English||Please speak to me in English
Would you speak to me in English, please?
Could you possibly speak to me in English?
Would you mind speaking to me in English?
|How do you say ... in English?||How do you say ... in English?
What's the English word for ...?
What's the English for ...?
|Excuse me||Excuse me|
|How much is this?||How much is this?
What does this cost?
How much does this cost?
|Thank you||Thank you
Thank you very much
Thanks a lot (inf)
|Reply to thank you||You're welcome
You're very welcome
Don't mention it
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Where's the toilet?
Where's the loo?
Where's the bathroom?
Where's the gents?
Where's the ladies?
Where's the bog? (inf)
|This gentleman will pay for everything||This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything||This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Would you like to dance with me?
Would you like to dance?
Would you care for a dance? (vfrm)
Do you want a dance?
You dancing? (inf)
|I miss you||I miss you|
|I love you||I love you
I adore you
|Get well soon||Get well soon|
|Go away!||Go away!
Get out of it!
|Leave me alone!||Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!||Call the police!|
|Christmas greetings||Merry Christmas|
|New Year greetings||Happy New Year|
|Easter greetings||Happy Easter|
|Birthday greetings||Happy birthday|
|One language is never enough||One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||My hovercraft is full of eels|
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