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Conversational Expressions for the Classroom

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General Expressions for Communication   
In the Classroom 
How do you say ____________ in English?
Please speak more slowly.
Please repeat that.
How do you pronounce this word?
How do you spell ….? / Please spell that.
May I borrow …?
Please write that on the board.
Can I have a piece of paper?
I don’t understand. Please explain that.
I need to leave early.
I can’t come to class tomorrow.
I’m sorry I’m late.
To Start a Conversation   
Good morning.
Good afternoon.
Good evening.
Hi. My name is ________________. What is your name?
It’s nice to meet you. / It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Excuse me. May I talk to you for a minute?
May I ask you a question? / May I ask you some questions?
To Give Your Opinion
I think that …/ I feel that …/ I believe that …
In my opinion, …
To Clarify When You Don’t Understand
I don’t understand. / I don’t get it.
What do you mean?
Could you repeat that? / Could you say that again?
I didn’t hear what you said. Could you speak up please?
I didn’t understand your last sentence. Could you repeat what you said?
To Show that You Understand
Now I’ve got it.
I understand.
I’m with you.
To Check Another Person’s Understanding of You
Do you follow me?
Have you got it? / Did you get that?
Are you with me?
Would you like me to repeat that?
Please repeat to me what I just told you.
Be sure to ask if you have any questions.
To Ask Another Person’s Opinion
What do you think? / What’s your opinion?
Do you agree?
What do you think about …?
To Say that You Agree
I agree (completely).
That’s right. / That’s correct. / That’s true.
That’s what I think, too. / I think so, too.
To Say that You Don’t Agree
Really? I think that …
Well, I’m not sure about that.
I disagree. / I don’t agree.
Really? I’m surprised you think that.
Well, I don’t think so.
That’s wrong. / That isn’t right.
Absolutely not!
To Fill the Silence While You Think
Hmm… Let me think about that.
I’m not sure.
I haven’t thought about that.
To End a Conversation      
Sorry, but I have to go now.
Sorry, but I need to go now.
Well, it was nice talking to you, but I need to get back to work.
It was nice talking to you, but the time is up.
Excuse me. It’s time for me to leave.
To Say Good-bye  
It was nice meeting you.
It was nice talking to you.
Thanks for the information.
Talk to you later.
See you again soon.
Take care.
See you later.
Have a nice day / afternoon / evening!


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