[5.1] Conversational Phrases

 
General Greetings
How’s it going?
How’s everything?
How’s life?
What’s up?
 
Checking for Understanding
(Do) you know what I mean?
Do you know what I’m saying?
Are you following me?
(Are you) with me so far?
Any questions?
 
Showing Understanding
I see.
I understand.
I get it./I got it.
 
Expressing Lack of Understanding
I don’t get it.
(I’m sorry.) I don’t understand.
What do you mean?
I’m not following you.
I don’t quite follow you.
I’m not sure I get what you mean.
What was that again?
I didn’t catch that.
 

 

Opening a Discussion
To begin with,
We need to discuss / find out / figure out. . .
The important thing (here) is . . .
The main thing we need to discuss is . . .
Let’s (take a) look at . . .
It looks like . . .
It seems that . . .
 
Asking for Input
What do you think?
How about you?
So what do you think about that?
 
Responding
That sounds like a good idea.
Sounds good (to me)
The problem with that is . . .
But that brings up a whole other set of problems
 
Interrupting
Excuse me,
Pardon me,
Sorry to interrupt, but…
May I interrupt (for a minute)?
Can I add something here?
I don’t mean to intrude, but . . .
Could I just throw in something here?
Do you mind if I jump in here?
 
Getting Back to the Topic
Anyway,
Now, where was I?
Where were we?
You were saying . . .
To get back to . . .
So, we digressed a bit.
I’m digressing.
 

 

Discussing Problems
Our primary concern is . . .
The crux of the matter is . . .
(As I see it), the most important thing is . . .
The main problem we need to solve is . . .
We really need to take care of . . .
It all comes down to this:
 
Looking for Solutions
What should we do about it?
What needs to be done?
What do you think we should do?
What are we going to do about it?
Do you have any suggestions?
 
Making Recommendations
I recommend that . . .
I suggest that . . .
Why don’t we . . .
 
Contrasting / Disagreeing
Well, actually, …
But the truth (of the matter) is…
On the other hand,
However,
Yes, but . . .
Correct me if I’m wrong, but . . .
Call me (simple-minded), but….
 
Yes, but…
That may be true, but . . .
I may be wrong, but . . .
You might be right, but . . .
You have a good point, but . . .
You could say that, but . . .
I don’t mean to be rude, but . . .
 
Recapping
So, (the gist of) what you were saying is…
In other words . . .
OK, I understand. You’re saying that . . .
Oh. I see. You want to say that . . .
I get it. You mean . . .
So, what you mean is . . .
Let me see if I understand you correctly. . .
What I think you’re saying is . . .
 
Accepting and Refusing
Sure. I’d love to.
Don’t mind if I do.
 
I’d better / rather not.
I’m afraid I can’t because…
I really want to, but unfortunately…
I’m sorry, but I can’t.
 
Linking Expressions
Me too / Me neither.
…but rather
As a matter of fact
For the time being
In a nutshell
It doesn’t matter
I don’t care