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EFL - Everyday Conversation Cheat Sheet by


How are you?
How have you been?
How are things?
How's life been treating you?
How's it going?

Responses to Greetings

Very well, thank you.
Fine. And you?
Great. And yourself?
Couldn't be better. How about you?
Pretty good.
Can't complain.
Not (too) bad.
I've been worse.
Not very well.
What's wrong / the matter ?
I've been better.
Is anything wrong / bothering you?
What's on your mind?

Ending the Conver­sation and Responses

It was a pleasure talking to you.
The pleasure was all mine.
I enjoyed our conver­sation /
talking to you
(It was) my pleasure.
Same here.
I'll see you tomorrow / next week / after school.
I'll see you then.
See you around / later / then.
Sure thing.
I'll see you when I see you.
See you / See ya'!

Well Wishes

Have a nice day / pleasant evening / safe trip / good weekend.
Enjoy your flight / stay / tour.
Good luck to you.

Responses to Well Wishes

Thank you. You, too.
Thank you. I will.
Same to you.


Excuse me, is this seat taken?
Sorry to bother you, but do you have the time?
Would you happen to know if there's a cafe / bank / grocery store near here?
Nice / beautiful day, isn't it?
This is a great hotel / park / party, isn't it?
I can't believe how busy this store / airport is today!
Hey, I love your shirt / hat / dog !
Hi! I don't think we've met.
Hi, I didn't catch your name...
Indirect openers test to see if a person is interested in talking.
Direct openers start conver­sation in a friendly and open way.

Self Introd­uction

May I introduce myself?
Let / Allow me to introduce myself.
By the way, I'm ~
Remember to shake hands!

Ice Breakers - Reason for Visiting

Is this your first time to [Tokyo]?
Have you been to [Japan] before?
Are you here on business?
Have you seen much of the city / country?
How long have you been here?
How long are you planning to stay?
How do you like it here so far?
"YES or NO Questi­ons­" are a good way to start polite conver­sation.

Ice Breakers - Personal Inform­ation

Where are you from?
What part of [country] do you live in?
Are you traveling alone or with family / friends?
Do you like music / theater / art / sports ?
What do you do for a living?
What kind of business are you in?
Before a personal question, it is polite to say:
"If you don't mind me asking..."­
"If I may I ask..."­


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