12 Most Useful English Expressions

The following English Expressions are what I use on a daily basis, with my friends or with my colleagues at work.

Practise these expressions and it will really make you sound like a native speaker. You can thank me later ;-)

Guess what (Adivina que), if you are practising for any of the English Speaking tests (for example, IELTS, TOEFL, etc), they love to hear some of these expressions. Here’s your chance to learn them.

The Most Used English Expressions by Native Speakers

  1. Check it out/Check something out – Meaning: Look at this, see it and inspect it. Example: Hey, check out this amazing article on 12 Most Useful English Expressions!
  2. Helping handMeaning: to assist or help. Example: John gave a helping hand when I was moving.
  3. An eye-openerMeaning: enlightening experience, something that teaches you something new in a surprising way. Example: Travelling overseas was a real eye-opener for me. It taught me new experiences.
  4. Make someone’s dayMeaning: make a memorable day for someone. Example: The extra $20 tip made my day at work!
  5. Cross one’s mindMeaning: enter someone’s mind. Example: The idea never crossed my mind.
  6. Rip offMeaning: too overpriced, expensive, charging a lot for products or services. Example: The mechanic just ripped me off. Another example, Shopping at Costanera Center is a rip off.
  7. Off the top of my head – Meaning: Trying to guess something. Example: Off the top of my head, I think she is from London.
  8. Mixed feelings – Meaning: Literary, mix of positive and negative emotions (excited, disappointed all mixed together). Example: I had mixed feelings about my holiday in Cuba. (There were some good and some bad moments)
  9. Chit-chat or Small talk – Meaning: talk about non-important, trivial matters. Example: I don’t like to chit-chat at work. I don’t like the small talk at work.
  10. Get rid of – Meaning: remove, or discard. Example: When I clean my room, I usually get rid of stuff I don’t need.
  11. Break up Meaning: terminar (en la relación, in a relationship). Example: My boyfriend and I broke up 2 weeks ago. (broke – past tense of “break”)
  12. To fall in love – Meaning: enamorarse. Example: I was 15 years old when I first fell in love. (fell – past tense of “fall”)

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