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Stop Using these Words in Daily English Conversation

by Chetna Vasishth


How are you? I am Fine. I think. It’s OK. Very Nice.
We tend to use these expressions over and over again. So today we’re going to learn five alternative smart phrases for each of these expressions. And we can use in our daily English casual conversation to sound like an advanced English speaker. Let’s get going.

Hey this is Chetna and you’re watching ChetChat. And by the end of this article you will sound like a natural English speaker with an advanced English vocabulary. And you will never use these five extremely common English words and expressions.

No. 1. How are you?

‘How are you’ tends to sound old fashioned and almost as if you are not looking for an answer. Instead you can say?
1. How’s it going? – very popular
2. How have you been? – How’ve you been? – this is warm and friendly and I love using this one
3. How’s everything – Or How are things OR How are things going? – where you are asking not only about the person but an overall life update
4. So, How’re you doing? The ‘re is silent
5. What’s going on? – if you haven’t seen them in a while. This is slightly more American – or
6. What’s new / What’s new with you
7. What’s up – super super casual – or Sup or Hey, What’s Up
Even more important than the words is that you sound happy to meet the other person and interested in what they’ve been upto. Your sincerity will reflect in the tone of voice no matter what words you pick.

No. 2. I am Fine

or I’m fine thank you – is over used. So let’s see what we can say instead
1. I’m doing well OR I’m doing well, thank you
2. I’m good, How about you. – we will never say I’m doing good. It’s either I’m doing well or I’m good OR Things are good / everything is good – depending on what they asked
3. Not bad or Nothing Much – so – how’ve you been – Not Bad. What’s going on – Nothing Much
4. Pretty Good – this is a very popular American term
5. No complaints or As good as can be . I say that sometimes esp during the lockdown – as good as can be
A lot of this depends on the intonation – example – you can say No complaints

No. 3. It’s Okay

This must be the most commonly used phrase and sometimes it’s just shortened to ‘K’. But let’s see how we can sound more advanced in our vocabulary or just more fun by saying these other things instead of OK
1. ‘Aye Aye’ – In the navy they would say ‘Aye Aye Captain’ – is like saying Okay Okay – it’s a bit casual but it’s fun
2. Roger that – copy that – I understand or Done
3. Okey Dokey – friendly and affectionate – to make something light-hearted – like let’s watch a movie – okey dokey
4. Sure go ahead – By all means – I have no problems with what you are suggesting OR Absolutely – let’s go ahead with the plan
5. Right-O – is a cheerful way of saying I agree with you – a very British expression
6. Alright-Y – is also informal – It’s like alright but more fun – alrighty let’s go then.
7. Sounds good or Sounds good to me – can be used if you want to sound more formal
Which one of these five phrases were you most OK with, put that down in the comment section

No. 4. Very Nice

How’s this – very nice. How’s that – nice… It’s not so nice to keep saying this all the time. Let’s learn 5 interesting phrases that will be more impactful –
1. Amazing – fantastic ! That’s amazing or you’re amazing – The meal was fantastic or amazing.
2. Incredible – unbelievable – example – you can use this to comment on someone’s pic on social media – what an incredible shot!
3. Phenomenal – You can tell your friends that ChetChat is a phenomenal channel
4. A Must See – if you are talking about a show or a movie and want to say that it was outstanding – superb – terrific – you can just say – it’s a must see
5. Lovely – oh! how lovely – this is very British – this is fairly universal and can be used in pretty much any situation
In one of our previous videos, we gave another word which could be used instead of very nice, who remembers it… quickly put it down as a comment and tell me which of these five was your favourite

No. 5. I think

I think that we need some new words to replace the boring ‘I think’
1. In all honesty – that was rude!
2. In my opinion / In my view – formal
3. If you ask me – this is what I would say
4. it seems to me that OR to me – to me this colour looks better than the other
5. I believe – easy to remember Or I reckon – this is British and formal
6. I’d say – the party was very well organised

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