100 Social English expressions

In subtleties, Social English is different from that of Academic English. The former pertains to English we use in our everyday life such as in playground/grocery while the later is associated with a particular subject of studies such as Physics, Math, and Computer.

Let’s see the common expressions in Social English:

Say greeting.

  • Hello/Hi

Good morning etc

Leaving people.

  • Bye/ Bye-bye


Cheers/Take care/see you

You’re just going to start eating.

  • Enjoy your meal!

Someone says,“Have a nice day!“

  • You, too.
  • The same to you!
  • Thank you, the same to you.

Someone thanks you for something.

  • Don’t mention it!
  • You’re welcome!
  • It was a pleasure!
  • A pleasure!
  • My pleasure!

Refuse an invitation politely.

  • I’d love to come, but I’m afraid I have to …..

Your friend is ill.

  • I hope you feel better soon.
  • I hope you get better soon.

You want to smoke.

  • May I smoke?
  • Do you mind if I smoke?

You need the salt. It’s at the other end of the table.

  • Could you pass the salt, please?

A friend has just had a baby.

  • Congratulations!

Great a friend on December 25th.

  • Merry Christmas!
  • Happy Christmas!

It’s a friend’s birthday.

  • Happy Birthday!
  • Many happy returns!

A friend is leaving for the airport.

  • Have a good flight / trip / holiday!

You’re late for a meeting.

  • Sorry!
  • Sorry, I’m late.
  • Excuse me!

A friend spilled coffee on your best suit.

  • Never mind.
  • It doesn’t matter.
  • Don’t worry.

You’ve just finished chatting to a friend.

  • Bye, see you soon!
  • See you later.

A friend can’t come to dinner.

  • What a pity! Maybe next time.

A friend offers to give you a lift home.

  • That would be nice, thank you.
  • That’s very kind of you.

A colleague gives you a birthday present.

  • That’s very kind of you!
  • You really shouldn’t have!

You want someone to pass your greetings on to another person.

  • Give / Pass my regards to ……
  • Remember me to  ….

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