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50+ Easy English Sentences You’ll Want to Use Talking to Your Friends

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It is often said that the most challenging thing about learning a new language is actually starting to speak it. This is especially true for English, as many learners feel intimidated by all the grammatical rules and exceptions. The good news is that you can use plenty of easy English sentences in everyday conversation, even if you’re just learning the language. 

In this article, we’ll share dozens of phrases, statements, and expressions you can use with friends. These sentences are divided into different topics, so you can choose the ones that are most relevant to your situation. We’ve also included tips on learning, memorizing, and effectively using these sentences. So without further ado, let’s dive into this great topic!

Is it essential to learn spoken English sentences?

Before we provide you with more sentences you can use in daily conversations, we want to explain their importance to you. You see, most people from non-English countries learn a formal language. We are confident that you remember these long, “correct” sentences provided in schoolbooks. Of course, you can use them too, but this way, you will not be able to use English fluently.

Remember how you speak in your native language. Do you use these complex constructions, fancy sentences, and dozens of literary techniques? We are confident that the answer is no. The same thing is with English. When you hear the speech of natives, you can notice how simple and fast it is. There is a lot of slang, idioms, colloquial expressions, short word forms, etc. Generally, we can distinguish three types of informal language in English:

  1. Slang English. This form is very specific. It is also called “street language” since it is where you most likely can hear it. As you can see from the name, this type of English primarily consists of slang words and phrases, which might be hard for learners to understand. 
  2. Everyday English. You can hear this type of speech everywhere – at the bus stop, in the cafe, talking to your foreign friends, family, strangers in the city you travel to, etc. This language is simple, and you can use it even if you are not confident in your skills. 
  3. Informal office English. This is the language you use when talking to your colleagues. It is on the borderline between formal and informal speech since you are still at your workplace, but the environment is less official than in your boss’s office.

Today, we will show you examples of the second type – everyday English sentences. If you have never practiced English speaking, they will be a perfect way to get started and don’t sound like a boring bookworm. But we need to make sure that you know how to remember them all. That is why one last thing before our sentences guide will be the list of perfect tips for memorizing them. So make yourself comfortable, and check what we’ve got for you!

Tips for memorizing and using easy English sentences for beginners

Below you will find many sentences useful for various situations. But how can you remember them all? Well, you don’t have to. At least, not all at once. You need to choose the phrases for your particular situations and try to learn them using these simple tips:

  • Read the sentences out loud. It is an obvious but helpful hack for learning new vocabulary and short phrases. Reading words aloud helps you to remember them better and understand the pronunciation. 
  • Practice with friends. If you learn English with a company, try to use the sentences in your daily conversations. And don’t be afraid of mistakes – you don’t have to be perfect, as you are just learning. 
  • Imagine the situation. Visualization is another great way of memorizing things. Imagine a situation where you can possibly use this or that sentence, try to create a dialogue in your head, and when you face similar circumstances in real life, you will be prepared for them. 
  • Make flash cards. And we are back with the visualization again. If you have some spare time, take some paper, write down the sentences you want to learn, describe the situation when you can use them, and leave these cards all around your apartment. Every time you see them, you will unconsciously remember their usage. 
  • Chat online. If you are unsure about your speaking skills, start with online messages. Use easy sentences in your chit-chats on social media, send them to your friends, and you will be surprised about how many of them you already know.
  • Learn slang. Native speech is full of slang expressions, so you need to learn at least a few common examples to understand the context better. The best resource to get started are modern dictionaries like the infamous Urban Dictionary. When you know the meaning of slang expressions, it is easier to memorize how to use them in regular sentences.

These simple tips are great to get started. But remember – the main point is regular practice. If you spend at least an hour a day speaking, reading, or learning these sentences, you will see the results sooner than expected. And now that you know how to learn them, it’s time for you to see the best English sentences for your daily conversations.

Easy sentences in English: A Comprehensive guide

The examples provided below are basic and suitable for various discussions. We didn’t give them particular topics, since you can use them in most dialogues – at school, at work, talking to friends or strangers, etc. So, don’t waste your time; check these sentences in English for beginners. 

Best examples of greetings and goodbyes

Greetings are a way of introducing yourself to someone or starting a conversation. These phrases are usually the first ones we learn when studying a new language. On the other hand, goodbyes are a way of saying farewell, and they’re just as important in any language. That’s why we decided to start with these two topics – here are some easy sentences in English for greetings and goodbyes you can use daily.

  • Hello/Hi/Hey. 

This is the simplest way to greet someone. It is usually used for greeting strangers or people you are not so close with. Of course, you can also greet your friends this way, but believe us – we have something cooler for you. But this is how you can use this greeting in your conversations:

Hello, John. It’s nice to see you again. 

Hi, Kate! Where have you been? 

Hey, Ciara! Nice to meet you. 

  • What’s up?

This is one of the sentences you can use to greet your friends. It’s probably the most widespread way to say hello in English. But remember that it’s informal – don’t say it to your teacher. For example:

What’s up, Evan? 

  • How are you doing?

It is another casual sentence to start a conversation. It is 

used to create a welcoming atmosphere with friends or strangers.

For example:

Hey, kid. How are you doing?

Hi, how are you doing? I’m ready to order.

  • Howdy. 

It is a short slang version of the previous sentence. And it means the same thing – a casual way to greet your friends. Here is how you can use it in conversations:

Howdy, Joe!

Howdy, Max! How’s life?

  • Long time no see. 

This greeting is used when you meet a friend you haven’t seen for a long time. Don’t say this phrase to the person you meet for the first time – it will be inappropriate. But here are some examples of the correct usage of this sentence:

Howdy, Lisa! Long time no see. What’s new?

Hey, John! Long time no see. How long are you going to stay in town?

  • Bye!

After a small conversation, you need to say goodbye to the person you are talking to. And this is the simplest way to do so. For example:

It was a pleasure to meet you, bye!

Thank you for this lovely conversation. Bye!

  • See you later/see you soon.

If you know you will meet a person you talk to later, use this phrase to say goodbye. It is informal and polite, and you can say it to anyone. For example:

Thank you for your company. See you later!

Yes, I’ve checked your report. Everything is okay, thank you. See you soon.

  • Later/laters. 

Slang again (because we love to use it in daily conversations). As you’ve already guessed, it is a short form of the previous sentence but is more casual. Therefore, it is more suitable for dialogues with friends. For example:

Yeah, meet me here at five. Laters. 

I am going to work. Laters.

  • Take it easy.

Great sentence to say goodbye and wish someone a good day at the same time. Again, primarily suitable for friendly conversations. For example: 

See ya, Keith. Take it easy.

I’ll call you later. Take it easy.

  • Have a nice day/evening. 

You can use this simple sentence to say goodbye to anyone – your grandmother, boss, or waiter in a café. The best thing is that you can replace the word “nice” with any other pleasant adjective. For example:

Thank you for your service. Have a nice day! 

I was so happy to talk to you. Have a lovely day. 

It is my pleasure to help. Have a wonderful day. 

How to introduce yourself – easy sentences in English

Now that you know how to greet people, it is time to learn what to say when you meet new people. Obviously, the first thing you should do is to say some basic information about yourself. After that, you can ask some questions to your new acquaintance. Here are some simple English sentences for you. 

  • Hi! I’m…

When you talk to strangers, your name is the main thing you need to say. And please forget about the “Hello, my name is…” construction. It is awfully outdated, and you can see it only on the book pages. Use this short and casual form instead. And replace “hi” with any greeting from the previous section. For example: 

Hey! I’m Joe. I am new here. 

What’s up! I’m George. Nice to finally meet you in person. 

  • I don’t think we’ve met. 

If you see a new person in the company or need to start a conversation with a stranger, this short sentence will come in handy. For example:

Hey! I don’t think we’ve met before. What’s your name?

Hey, sorry to interrupt. I don’t think we’ve met before, but I really need your help right now. My name is Alexa, by the way.

  • Are you new here?

This sentence is similar to the previous one. It is suitable for situations when you meet a person for the first time and want to learn more about them. For example:

Hey, I’m Jane. Are you new here? You seem a bit confused. 

Hi! Nice to meet you. Are you new to this school?

  • I think we’ve already met.

As opposed to one of the previous sentences, this one is suitable when you meet a person you’ve met before but never had a chance to talk to. For example:

Hi! Nice to meet you. But I think we’ve already met before. Do you know Helen by any chance?

Hey, you don’t know me, but I think we’ve already met before. I think you were with Jake at my husband’s birthday.

  • Where did you come from?

If you want to know a little more about the person you’ve just met, you need to ask them some questions. This one is great for starters. For example:

I don’t think we’ve met, but meeting you is a pleasure. Where did you come from? 

Welcome to our company! We will be working together now, so I want to learn more about you. Where did you come from?

  • Basic English sentences to say Thank you

Gratitude is one of the best feelings. When someone does or says something great for us, we feel grateful. And it is important to express this feeling with words. So, we’ve got you covered! Whether your friend says a compliment or a stranger helps you with something, here are some gratitude English sentences for beginners. 

  • Thank you. 

We won’t stop here for long, since there is nothing unusual with this phrase. You can use it every time you need to show gratitude for anything. For example:

Thank you for your time.

Thank you for your help.

Thank you for being here for me. 

  • Thanks a million/thanks a bunch.

These are more informal variations of the previous sentence. And they are also suitable for any conversation. For example:

I am so happy that you’ve lent me those shoes. Thanks a million!

I would be lost without your help. Thanks a bunch! 

  • That’s very kind of you!

This phrase is a great way to show gratitude for something small or big. For example:

That’s very kind of you to help me with my bags.

That was very kind of you to give me a lift home. 

  • You are too kind! / You shouldn’t have!

These phrases can be used when someone does something special for you or gives you an unexpected present. For example:

You shouldn’t have bought me flowers! You are too kind!

  • I owe you one!

If someone does something nice for you, you can say this to show that you will return the favor. For example:

I owe you one for buying me lunch. Next time, it’s my turn! 

  • I’ll get the next round!

This is a great way to reciprocate when someone buys you a drink. For example:

Thanks for buying me a beer. I’ll get the next round.

Simple sentences in English: Agreements and Disagreements

When you discuss something with someone, it is okay to have different opinions. But what’s more important is always to stay polite. We will return to this topic later, and now, we will show you some sentences that will help you to agree or disagree with someone. 

  • I agree. 

The easiest way to – guess what – agree with someone. This one doesn’t require any further explanations, so here are some usage examples for you:

X: I think this party was horrible. 

Y: I agree with you. Let’s just stay at home next time. 

I couldn’t agree more. 

This phrase will be handy when you are really confident in your agreement. You can use it to accept the offer or to support the interlocutor’s point of view. For example:

X: I’m starving. Let’s buy some food. 

Y: I couldn’t agree more. The last time I ate was yesterday. 

  • I guess so. 

This phrase is useful when you almost agree but are still uncertain about something. For example:

X: Are you going to see him again?

Y: Yeah, I guess so… I mean, he is excellent, and it will be stupid of me to miss such a good guy. But I just don’t think he is my type. 

  • I’m afraid so. 

This casual sentence is used when you have to agree to or confirm something unpleasant. For example:

X: Have you heard this sound?

Y: I’m afraid so. 

  • Exactly!

This phrase is used to intensify your agreement emotionally. For example:

X: Don’t you think Jaden really likes Alice?

Y: Exactly! I was thinking the same thing. 

  • I don’t agree/I disagree. 

Another simple sentence. This one is used to show your disagreement with someone’s point of view. For example:

X: I don’t like Beyoncé. I think she is overrated.

Y: I disagree with this one. In my opinion, she changed the industry. 

  • I am afraid you are wrong. 

This sentence is a polite way to tell someone they made a mistake. For example:

X: Two plus two equals five.

Y: I’m afraid you’re wrong. I’m sure it’s four. 

  • Absolutely not. 

Perfect sentence to show strong and confident disagreement with something. For example:

X: Are you going on a second date with him?

Y: Absolutely not. Our first date was terrible. 

  • Not a very good idea. 

You can use this phrase to show that you don’t approve of something but make it politely. For example:

X: I am going on a date with my ex. 

Y: Not a very good idea. Remember how it turned out last time? 

  • You must be kidding. 

Use this phrase to show that you think something is not possible or true. For example:

X: I am going to win the lottery. 

Y: You must be kidding. The chances are one in a million. 

Polite sentences for daily use

We all know that we need to stay polite regarding the circumstances. And these simple English sentences will help you to do it in your daily conversations. 

  • Sorry/Excuse me. 

These two phrases are similar yet different. In layman’s terms, “sorry” is a way to apologize for something you’ve already done, and “excuse me” is an apology for something you will do in the future. For example:

I’m sorry. I broke your car. 

Excuse me. Can you please help me with my car?

  • Would you like…?

This phrase is a perfect starter if you want to offer someone something politely. And it doesn’t matter whether you would like to ask your friend to the cinema or offer a drink to the café visitor. For example: 

I am going to Jake’s party. Would you like to join me?

Would you like to try our fresh pastries? 

  • May I help you?

If you want to offer your help to someone, try to start using this phrase. It is always better to be polite. Another way of using this sentence is to get someone’s attention. For example: 

You look confused. May I help you with something?

I am sorry, but you’ve been staring at me for an hour. May I help you?

  • I’m sorry for interrupting you.

Use this phrase if you need to get the attention of someone but see that the person is busy with something else. For example:

I’m sorry for interrupting your conversation, but I need your help. 

I’m sorry for interrupting you. Are you ready to make an order?

  • If you don’t mind…

Use this phrase if you want to ask or request something but don’t want to make the person uncomfortable. For example:

I will join you later if you don’t mind. 

Can you please bring me some water? If you don’t mind. 

Imagine the situation: Practical usage and more examples of simple sentences

These were the basic phrases suitable for various conditions. And now, we want to share some easy sentences to learn English in particular circumstances. All examples are pretty usual, and you can face them in your daily life. So without further ado, let’s get started!

On a date

We’d like to start with something romantic because there is nothing better than love. When you meet someone for the first time, you want to make a good impression, and proper conversation is a great opportunity. Here are some of the most widespread sentences you can say and hear on a date. 

Would you like to go out with me? You can hear it from someone, and you can use it to invite someone on a date as well. 

Unless you don't like the person asking you, the best answer is "Yeah, sure."

 In other circumstances, you can just accept the offer. 

Are you asking me on a date? If you feel flirty, you can answer this before accepting the invitation. But don’t overdo it! The main thing is to stop in time; this sentence will be enough to set the tone for the upcoming date.

Are you free tomorrow? This phrase will help you to set a date for your future…date. Sorry for the repetition. Anyways, you can again ask it yourself or hear it from your interlocutor. The best answer for it is casual, yes or no.

You look astonishing/Nice outfit/I like your hair. It is always good to start with a compliment. Use one of these sentences to say something pleasant to your date, or create one by yourself according to circumstances. 

What do you think of this restaurant/play/movie/gallery/…? This phrase will help you avoid awkward silence. Depending on where you two are going, ask your companion their thoughts about something. And if you hear these questions from them, share your opinion. 

Do you want to go somewhere else? If you think it will be better to continue your date in another place, offer it to your companion using this sentence. According to their answer, advise a good restaurant, or simply ask them for a walk in the park. 

Thank you for a beautiful evening. This sentence is perfect for the end of your date. You will show how much you appreciated the time with your interlocutor and that you will be happy to see them again. And if you hear something like this, show your agreement using some sentences mentioned above. 

When can I see you again? If everything went great, and you liked your date, you can set another one immediately. But don’t be too persistent – make sure that another person is also pleased and wants the same thing as you. 

These simple sentences can navigate you through the date with an English-speaking person. Of course, it is not an ultimate guide. You need to act and continue your conversation according to the situation. But we will be happy to know that our basic sentences were helpful to you. So please tell us about that in the comments. Of course, when you turn back from your date.

At work

Usually, people use official language at their workplaces. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it is the language the country’s government accepts. You know, this formal one we learn at school. And, of course, it is suitable for office conversations with your boss, etc. We’ve got a comprehensive article related to this topic. But what about sweet little coffee breaks when you talk to your colleagues? In this case, you can use these simple sentences. 

How’s your morning/how’s your day been going? Use this sentence to start a conversation during your break. It is a perfect ice-breaker that allows you to ask about your colleague’s well-being. Afterward, you can simply exchange brief information about your day or continue the dialogue on other topics. 

What do you think about the new client/project? If you have enough time, you can ask some work-related questions. This practice is perfect if you don’t know your colleague and their interests well. It will help you to avoid awkward silence.

What’s the news? This simple sentence is excellent if you haven’t been at work for a while. According to your relations with colleagues, you will either find out some work-related insights or hear some juicy rumors (they are fine while they are not hurting anyone).

I might need your brain for this one. If you face some problems and are in a good relationship with a colleague who can help you to solve your issues, this phrase is a perfect way to ask for help. 

These sentences are simple yet useful. You can try to implement them in your conversations with English-speaking co-workers. If you have more time, you can find out more information about the topics your colleagues are talking about to join their discussions and practice your speaking. 

Small talk with strangers

We meet new people every day. At the bus station, in the line, buying our morning coffee. We can provide hundreds of similar situations. And sometimes, we spend too much time with strangers. That is why it is essential to learn English sentences to start a relaxed conversation in any environment. Here are some of our favorites. 

It would be nice to be in Miami now. For example, this sentence is great when you are waiting for a bus with a stranger for a while. And it is especially excellent in winter (if the winters are cold in your area). The weather is the most widespread conversational icebreaker, especially with people you don’t know. 

I thought it wouldn’t be so busy on the weekAfterwarder great sentence to use when you wait for something for a while. You can use it while standing in line, for example. Subsequently, you can ask your interlocutor about the latest news or other casual topics. 

Have you heard about that fire at the gas station/car crash/any other non-standard situation? This phrase is perfect as a continuation of the previous conversation. You can choose any unusual situation in your area and spend a few minutes discussing it.

What are your odds on the Lakers game tonight? Sports is considered one of the safest topics for small talk. So if there are any upcoming events in your city, you can use them for a little conversation with a friendly stranger. 

I really like your hair/dress/suit/bag/anything. A compliment is the best option if you feel talkative and want to speak to someone you don’t know. It will help you to get attention, create a friendly atmosphere, and start a small conversation. But don’t go overboard if you don’t seek dialogue with the police. 

These sentences would be enough for daily conversations. However, there are some subjects you have to avoid. It includes sentences about finances, politics, religion, age, appearance, serial killers, weight, and other things people might consider offensive. If you don’t want to look like a weirdo, choose something more casual and safe. 

Traveling 

Traveling to various countries is always exciting. Nevertheless, it might be challenging if you don’t have some basic language knowledge. We’ve prepared some common English sentences you can use in your next journey.

Where is the nearest bus station/taxi? You should know that you will ask many questions if you travel alone. This one will be helpful when you’ve just arrived – you need to find a way to reach your final destination in the city. 

How can I get to…? Another functional sentence for your journey. The best way to get directions is to ask citizens since they know the place better than other tourists. So don’t be afraid to talk to strangers! Especially now when you know enough sentences for small talk. 

Can you please help me? I think I’m lost. We hope you never use this one. But life is unpredictable, so you should be prepared for different situations. If you’ve been lost in a foreign country, use this sentence to find help. 

What places are must-sees? If you’ve already completed your plan but still have enough spare time, ask people to share their favorite places in the city. You will practice speaking and find more amazing showplaces. 

How much does it cost? Shopping is excellent regarding your location. But if you don’t know the language, it might be a little tricky. This sentence will help you determine the prices of goods you are interested in. 

Of course, there are many more sentences to use while traveling. You can use the ones from the previous topic to chat with people globally, but it is always good to know some basics to be prepared for unexpected turns of events.

Doctor’s appointment

We wish you to use the sentences from this topic only a few times a year – during your standard examinations. But again, life is unpredictable, so it is essential to know some phrases to use at doctors’ appointments. 

I’d like to make an appointment with Dr. Scott. If you are a regular visitor to a hospital, you probably have your primary doctor. And before visiting them, you have to make an appointment. This sentence is a simple and polite way to do so. 

What are your symptoms? It is the first question you can hear from your therapist if you feel unwell. And the proper answer to it is to share your problems – headache, sore throat, temperature, etc. 

Where does it hurt? If you feel physical pain somewhere in your body, the doctor will probably examine the place that hurts. And before doing that, they will ask you this question. So, all you need to do afterward is to point to this place. 

I will prescribe you some meds. When you already have a diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe you treatment and notify you of it using this sentence.

Do you have any doctors who speak…? If you visit a hospital for the first time, and your English is pretty bad, you can ask a receptionist about doctors speaking your native language. And this sentence will help you with that. 

We are happy to help you in your studying journey and provide you with the materials for any occasion. Now you know how to make an appointment and describe your symptoms – that would be enough for starters. But again, we wish you never use these sentences. 

How can Promova help you with learning English sentences?

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Conclusion

All in all, there is more information on this topic. But we’ve done our best to collect the most valuable sentences you can weave into your daily conversations. And we will be happy to read your own examples in the comments section. Don’t be shy; tell us about your experiences with these or other English sentences!

FAQ

What are the main types of informal language?

There are three forms of informal language – slang, everyday language, and informal office language. The first one is also called the language of the streets because it is where you can hear it often. The second type is traditional informal language – it is the most widespread, and you can use it when talking to friends, strangers, or anyone else. The third is the language you speak to colleagues on your breaks – still at the workplace, but already less official. 

What are the best ways to memorize informal English sentences?

There are various ways to achieve this goal, but some methods can be more efficient than others. One way is to use sentence cards – you can create them yourself or purchase a ready-made set. Another option is to find a tutor willing to help you memorize the sentences through conversation practice. You could also try listening to English audio materials and repeating the phrases after the speaker. 

How to start a conversation with a stranger?

There are many ways to start small talk. For example, if you’re both waiting in line for coffee, you could ask them how their day is going. You could also try complimenting them on something, such as their outfit or hairstyle. If you’re feeling bold, you could even make a small joke. Whatever you do, try to avoid coming across as too intense or intrusive.

What are the best sentences to use on a date?

When you are going on a date, you probably already know a person for a little while. But to learn more about them, you could ask your date about their hobbies, interests, favorite food, or TV show. Whatever you do, just make sure to avoid any awkward silences by keeping the conversation flowing.

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