COMMON PHRASES AND EXPRESSIONS Level 1: Beginner

1. KATY’S CAFÉ
Hi, Mary.
How are you?
Fine, thanks.  And you?
I’m good.
Who’s that guy?
That’s Gordon Chance.
Who’s your friend?
This is Mary.
Nice to meet you.
Do you come here often?
What do you do?
I’m a teacher.
Very interesting.

 

2. CANDY’S BOYFRIEND
It’s wonderful.
I like this music.
Me too.
Are you here alone?
Where’s your boyfriend?
Which one?
He’s a football player.
That’s nice.
He’s very strong.
Oh, really?
Do you like football?
Oh, yeah.
Mike, come here!
What’s your name?
My name is Rico.

 

3. ITALIAN BOOTS
Can I help you?
Yes, please.
I need a pair of boots
Do you like these boots?
Not very much.
What do you think?
They’re very stylish.
Can I try them on?
Of course.
How much are they?
Why are they so expensive?
Italian boots are the best.
I’ll take them.

 

4. DINNER’S READY!
Where’s Mom?
She’s in the kitchen.
She’s making dinner.
What’s for dinner?
Is dinner ready?
Almost.
Two more minutes.
Please put these dishes
on the table.
Sure.  No problem.
Dinner’s ready!
I’m coming.
Wow!
That chicken looks good.
Please sit down.
Are you hungry?
How’s the chicken?
Delicious!
Please pass the bread.
That’s better.
Do you want more chicken?
No, thanks.
I’m full.
That was a great dinner.
Thank you.
I’m glad you liked it.

 

5. BIG MONEY
Are you busy?
I’m doing my homework.
See you (later).
Where are you going?
To City Park.
There’s a free concert today.
I know.
What time is the concert?
Three o’clock.
Hey, Matt!
What are you doing?
You going to the concert?
See you there.
I’m ready.
Let’s go!
6. WONDERFUL MISS DEEDS
How are you doing?
Not so good.
What’s the matter?
I have a headache.
I don’t have any (aspirin).
Don’t worry.
Oh, that’s good.
Here you go.
What’s wrong?
Thanks for your help.
Don’t mention it.
Do you feel better now?
A little.
That’s right.

 

7. LULU’S LATE
Excuse me.
What’s the address?
Are you in a hurry?
I’m late for a meeting.
When does the meeting start?
At 9 o’clock.
How far is the Plaza Hotel?
About 15 minutes from here.
Here we are…the Plaza Hotel.
How much do I owe you?
Have a good meeting.
I’m sorry…
It’s OK.

 

8. CALLING FROM PARIS
Hello?
Hello, Maria.  It’s Roger.
I’m calling from Paris.
I’m here on business.
I’ll be here for three days.
Where are you staying?
At the Hotel DeLuxe.
I’m having lunch.
Oh, you’re so lucky.
What about you?
Are you sick?
I’m tired.
It’s all right.
Good-night.

 

9. BETTY’S NEW HAT
I’m just looking.
Take your time.
Which hat do you like best?
Do you like this one?
Yes, very much.
How much is it?
Only $29.
That’s a good deal.
That hat looks good on you.
You look like a movie star.
You really think so?
How do you like my new hat?
It looks ridiculous.

 

10. MAJOR MOUSE
Is that the phone?
Yeah, I’ll get it
Can I speak with Jenny, please?
Hang on a minute.
Jenny, it’s for you.
Who is it?
It’s your friend, Bob.
Are you free this afternoon?
Yeah, I’m not doing anything.
Do you want to go to a movie?
That sounds like fun.
Have fun, Sweetie.

 

11. THE ART MUSEUM
Can you help me, please?
I’m looking for the Art Museum.
Go straight ahead and turn right
on Second Avenue.
Then go to Main St. and turn left.
The Art Museum is on the right
side, across from the park.
I see.
Where are you from?
I’m from China.
You speak English very well.
Have a good time.
Good-bye.
12. KATY AND SAM
Pretty good, thanks.
I’m exhausted.
Why are you so tired?
That’s no good.
What do you do for a living?
Really?
Are you surprised?
You don’t look like a taxi driver.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Would you like more coffee?
What a nice compliment!

 

13. JIM’S NEW GIRLFRIEND
I hear you have a new girlfriend.
Tell me about her.
What’s she like?
She’s a lot of fun.
Do you like the same things?
Better than me.
What does she look like?
She’s pretty tall and thin…
I bet she’s good-looking.
And more than that…
I mean…
That’s not a big deal.
Not for me, anyway.
There’s just one thing.
Oh, well.
That’s life.

 

14. MY DAILY ROUTINE
What time do you get up?
What do you have for breakfast?
I usually have juice and cereal.
When do you go to work?
I have to leave at 7:30.
It’s important to be on time.
How do you get to work?
Do you take the bus?
It takes about 40 minutes.
When do you finish work?
I get off at 3:30.
Then I go home.
Sometimes I listen to music.
That’s a good way to relax.

 

15. YOUR FAMILY
Tell me about your family.
We’re like most families.
What do your parents do?
My father is a salesman.
My mother is a school nurse.
She takes care of little kids.
That’s wonderful!
How old are your parents?
My father is 45…
They have a lot of energy.
Especially my dad.
Do you look like your dad?
Do you have any brothers
or sisters?
What are their names?
My brother’s name is Jack…
What’s your brother like?
What about your sister?
Sarah is kind of shy.
Sounds like you have
a wonderful family.
I’m just lucky, I guess.

 

16. SAINT PETERSBURG
Do you live near the center
of town?
Not far.
There’s a famous theater…
What’s it called?
Is that a movie theater?
Do you like opera?
I don’t know much about it.
What’s it like in Fremont?
It’s pretty quiet.
There aren’t many cars or people.
Is it busy where you live?
How often do you go to the park?
Why not?
There aren’t any parks in Fremont.
By the way, how’s the weather
in Saint Petersburg?
It’s cold.
There’s a lot of snow.