Appendix A Phrases for Classroom Communication

Appendix A Phrases for Classroom Communication

Phrases for Expressing Yourself

Expressing Opinions

I think….

I believe…

I am sure…

In my opinion/view…

If you ask me,…

Personally, …

To me,…

Expressing Likes and Dislikes

I like/prefer/love…

I can’t stand…

I hate…

I really don’t like…

I don’t care for…

Giving Facts

There is evidence/proof…

Experts claim/agree…

Studies show…

Researchers found…

The record shows…

Giving Tips or Suggestions

You/We should/shouldn’t …

You/We could/ought to…

It’s (not) a good idea…

I suggest that …

Let’s …

How/What about…

Why don’t we/you…


I agree.


Good point.


I was just about to say that.


I disagree.

I am not sure about that.

That’s a good point, but I don’t agree.

I see what you mean, but I think that…

Phrases for Interacting with Others

Clarifying (checking your understanding)

So are you saying that…?

So what you mean is…?

What do you mean?

How’s that? /How so?

I am not sure I understand/follow.

I am not sure what you mean.

Asking for Clarification (confirming understanding)

Sorry, I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat it?

Sorry, I’m not following you.

I’m not sure I understand the question /what you mean.

Are you saying that…?

If I understanding you correctly, you’re saying that…

Oh, now I get it. You’re talking about…, right?

Checking Others’ Understanding

Does that make sense?

Do you understand/see what I mean?

Is that clear?

Are you with/following me?

Do you have any questions?

Asking for Opinions

What do you think?

We haven’t heard from you in a while.

Do you have anything to add?

What are your thoughts?

How do you feel?

What’s your opinion?

Taking Turns

Can/May I say/add something?

May I continue?

Can I finish what I was saying?

Did you finish your thought?

Let me finish.

Let’s get back to …

Interrupting Politely

Excuse/Pardon me.

Forgive me for interrupting…

I hate to interrupt but…

Can I stop you for a second?

Asking for Repetition

Could you say that again?

I am sorry?

I didn’t catch what you said.

I am sorry. I missed that. What did you say?

Could you repeat that please?

Showing Interest

I see.

Really? / Seriously?

Good for you.

No kidding!

That’s funny/amazing/incredible/awful!

Adapted from:

Chase, Becky Tarver, Pathways 1: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking (2nd edition), Boston, National Geographic Learning, 2018


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