Hello, hi, how are you, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night. As I talked about in the first blog of this series, making a list of common expressions is very difficult because there are so many of them. This is part 2 of that blog series covering basic expressions. Remember, I´m going to give you just the most common ones that I am familiar with. Don´t expect “Howdy, partner,” because that one´s from Texas and I´m from California.
o Personally, I think… Personally, I think you are asking the wrong questions.
o If you ask me… If you ask me, no one should get a raise.
o The way I see it… The way I see it, she only has two choices.
o As far as I´m concerned… As far as I´m concerned, she only has two choices.
o If you don´t mind me saying… If you don´t mind me saying, you look very pretty.
o If I had to take a guess… If I had to take a guess, I’d say look 30.
o I’d say… I’d say you look 30.
o Chances are… Chances are he won´t pass the test.
o Probably… Probably only half.
o We’re talking maybe… We’re talking maybe 30 minutes from now.
o About… About 30 minutes from now.
o Around… Around 30 minutes from now.
o Hopefully… Hopefully we will get a chance to visit the new museum tomorrow.
o If we’re lucky… If we’re lucky, we will get a chance to visit the new museum tomorrow.
o With any luck… With any luck, we will get a chance to visit the new museum tomorrow.
o I wish… I wish you would stop talking about going to visit the new museum tomorrow.
o I’m keeping my fingers crossed… I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we won´t have to go visit the new museum tomorrow.
o I’m counting on… I’m counting on not having to go visit the new museum tomorrow.
o Leave a message. – (That´s right, I´m still busy.)
o Did you get my message? – (Let me guess. You were busy?)
o Can I speak to (Renato), please? – (Maybe he isn´t too busy.)
o Thanks for getting back to me. – (After you weren´t too busy.)
o I’m returning your call. – (Because…that´s right, I was too busy to answer the phone.)
o We’re thinking of you. – (Only long enough to send this photo, I´m sure!)
o The weather’s been lovely/gorgeous. – (Duh!)
o We’re flying back on the (14th). – (This is one way to speak about when you will return.)
o We’ve only got three days to go. – (This is another way to speak about when you will return.)
o Say hello to (the kids). – (Who are wondering why they couldn´t go with you.)
o Wish you were here. – (Maybe you do, maybe you don´t.)