In this lesson, you’ll learn the most common English informal phrases that will make your English sound more like a native speaker. If you want to enhance your English speaking and fluency, it’s really crucial to learn most common English phrases or expression that native speakers constantly use.
If you master these common phrases which you are going to learn in this post, you will surely be able to communicate confidently, flexibly and fluently in your daily life conversations.
Learn 30 Most Common English Phrases with Meaning & Example
Let’s learn these super common English phrases which are used in informal conversations with family members, friends or colleague.
1. I’m beat
It means I’m very tired or exhausted. It sounds advanced if you use it in daily conversation.
- I can’t go with you as I’m beat today.
- I want to take a rest for a while because I’m beat now.
It means something that is too expensive. You can use this phrase in casual conversation.
- The ticket of that movie is really rip-off.
- Yesterday, I brought the outfit, that’s rip-off.
3. That’s lit
When something is really great, cool or super good then you can use it.
- The decoration of the party is just lit.
- Janice: How was my outfit?
- You: That’s lit!
4. I’m on edge
This phrase “I’m on edge” means I am nervous. This is a fancy way to say when you are nervous, worried or not calm and relaxed.
- I’m on edge because it is my job interview today.
- Today, my final result is about to declare, so I’m a bit on edge.
5. My bad
It simply means “my mistake or my fault.” You can use “my bad” when you accept that you are wrong, something that is your fault, or you have made a mistake. Actually, it’s an idiom.
- I bought the wrong the key. My bad!
- Oh, My bad! I have forgotten to invite her.
6. Drop-dead gorgeous
It means extremely attractive or beautiful and good looking. Instead of saying “she is very beautiful” you can use simply “drop-dead gorgeous”
- I saw her at the party she is really drop-dead gorgeous!
- I liked her daughter. She is down to earth as well as drop-dead gorgeous!
7. Take it easy
Basically, this phrase is used in two ways: 1.) For relax or take a rest. 2.) For saying goodbye.
Let’s see the examples for better understanding.
- Mom: You’ve been working too hard since a month for the exam. Take it easy! (Means take a rest)
- I am running late, so I will meet you tomorrow. Take it easy! (Means goodbye)
8. Beyond doubt
It means completely certain, without doubt, definitely. You can use when you are certain that something is true.
- Beyond doubt! You will get better marks in this exam as work too hard for it.
- Your painting is just magnificent, beyond doubt!
9. I’m dying
I’m dying it doesn’t mean that you are about to die. Actually, the meaning of this phrase is to be eager or desperate for something or to do something.
- I’m dying to see that store’s collection. I heard that there are variety of stylish dresses and heels collection.
- I’m dying to play the piano which will be given by my brother.
10. I’m hyped up
“I’m hyped up” means to be extremely excited or nervous about something.
- I’m hyped up to get my first brand new laptop! (Extremely excited)
- Am I hyped up to drive the car for the first time? (Nervous)
11. How are things?
It’s a sort of informal greeting way to ask, “how are you?” It is often used by native speaker. We use it to ask somebody how his/her life is going on.
- You: Hi, how are things?
- Your friend: oh, pretty well!
12. Take your time
This phrase means: there is no rush, you don’t need to do something in a hurry, you have enough time to do, or you can do a bit slowly.
- I have told you already just take your time to think about it.
- Why don’t you take your time to complete the assignments?
13. Head there
To head there is a basic phrase which means go there. Personally, I use this phrase a lot.
- I was just about to head there, but I couldn’t go due to heavy storm.
- He always heads there because for the workout.
14. That’s good one
This phrase has two meanings: 1) When something is quite funny, you can use it. 2) When someone tells you something that you didn’t expect to hear, or you think it cannot be true.
- That’s a good one answer! (Very funny)
- Your friend: You won a car by the lottery!
- You replied: That’s a good one! (unexpected)
15. There is no room for doubt
We this phrase when there is no doubt about something.
- You: Are for sure that our exam is cancelled tomorrow?
- Marina: There is no room for doubt. I Just got the notification.
16. I get it / I got it
In simple words, the meaning of both phrases is “I understand.” Frequently using “I understand” make you a bit boring, so you can use “I get it, or I got it.”
- Teacher: Next day, complete the whole task carefully, I don’t want to hear any excuse.
- You: I got it!
17. I couldn’t agree more
This phrase means you completely agree with something that is said or explained by someone. It is one of the most commonly used in informal conversation.
- You friend: In this modern time, every exam is cut-throat. We have to work hard as much as we can do.
- You: I couldn’t agree more.
18. Keep up the good work!
Keep up the good work means continue the good work and it is used to encourage someone that he/ she is doing well.
- keep up the good work! I’m sure you’ll succeed.
- You made an amazing sketch! keep up the good work!
19. Keep it up!
This phrase is similar like keep up the good work. It is also used for encouragement someone to do the good work continue.
- You are working hard for the exams. I would just say keep it up!
- Gradually, you are improving your writing skills. Keep it up!
20. Oh, my God/ Oh, my Gosh/ Oh, my Goodness!
These all phrase used to express emotions like, surprise, anger, shock and excitement or amazement. Native speakers use these phrases a lot.
- Oh, my goodness! I have never seen such thing before in my life. It’s lit! (Surprise, amazement)
- Oh, my gosh! You really became obese! (shock)
21. In a rush
When you are in a rush, it means that you are in a hurry. This phrase is pretty simply to use.
- I am in a rush because I’m running late for the party.
- Are you in a rush to attend the annual function?
22. Go for it!
The phrase “Go for it” is used to encourage someone to do something. Basically, means it’s great.
- That job, it just best for you. Don’t miss the opportunity. Go for it!
- Great deal is going on that store. Go for it! There are variety of collections.
23. On the tip of my tongue
This phrase means you know something, but you just can’t remember it quickly and you know if you think a bit, you’ll be able to remember it very soon.
- Yes, I’ve seen her after a long time. Actually, her name is on the tip of my tongue!
- That movie’s name is on the tip of my tongue, and I watched it too many times.
24. No- brainer
Means easy decision. When something is so simple to do or decide and you don’t need to think more about it then we can use it.
- You: I’m really confused between to go to the party with my friends or stay at home and have quality time.
- Mom: It’s no- brainer.
25. Can you cover me?
When you are busy and you want someone to do your work for a short time, so you use this phrase. This phrase simply means “can you work in my place?”
- Can you cover me for a while because I got an urgent call?
- Can you cover me to write the content as I am a bit tired and I’m thinking to take a rest?
26. I freaked out
This another way to say to become very angry, scared or excited.
- Today, I completely freaked out because I lost my phone. (Very angry)
- She freaked out when she got the information that she got the job! (Excited)
27. You nailed it!
This means to complete the task successfully or to do something perfectly.
- You nailed your test! Keep up good work!
- Your performance was amazing! You just nailed it!
28. I’m running late
I’m running late means “I’m late or I’m going to be late.” It is also most common and easy phrase.
- I’m running late, so I have to head there somehow at the right time.
- Oh my god! I’m running late for submitting my project. I’m out of luck today.
29. It’s driving me nuts
When someone or something bothering or annoying you and you are frustrating with it, then you can use this phrase.
- I can’t bear this loud sound anymore as it’s driving me nuts.
- Why are you driving me nuts? Are you losing it?
30. Long time no see!
We use this phrase a lot. However, it’s grammatically incorrect. It’s used as a greeting when you have not meet someone for a long time.
- What a surprise! jenny! We were classmates. Long time no see!
- Long time no see! How have you been?
I hope you enjoyed these super easy phrases. Try to use them in daily informal conversation whenever you have the opportunity. Using different long or short phrases will make your conversation more interesting.