General greetings and inquiries
How’s it going?
Asking about present activities
What’s happening? (What are you doing now?)
Asking and telling about recent events
Bringing up a serious topic
Can I talk to you for a minute?
Do you have a minute?
Got a minute?
Giving your opinion
I think that . . .
I don’t think that . . .
In my opinion . . .
On the other hand,
Yes, but . . .
You may be right, but . . .
I may be wrong, but . . .
Clarifying your own ideas
In other words,
What I mean is . . .
What I’m trying to say is . . .
I get it./I got it.
Expressing Lack of Understanding
I don’t get it.
(I’m sorry.) I don’t understand.
What do you mean?
I’m not following you.
I don’t quite follow you.
I’m not sure I get what you mean.
Sorry to interrupt,
May I interrupt (for a minute)?
Can I add something here?
I don’t mean to intrude, but . . .
Could I inject something here?
Do you mind if I jump in here?
Getting back to the topic
Now, where was I?
Where were we?
What were you saying?
You were saying . . .
To get back to . . .
That’s interesting. I think that…
Interesting point. I would add…
Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of that before.
Bringing new ideas into a conversation:
What do you think about . . .
Have you considered . . .
What about . . .
So . . . (rephrase the other person’s ideas)
In other words . . . (paraphrase)
I understand. (You’re saying that . . .)
Oh. I see. (You want to say that . . . )
I get it. (You mean . . .)
So, what you mean is . . .
Let me see if I understand you correctly. . .
What I think you’re saying is . . .
If I’m hearing you correctly . . .