Here is a list of expressions you may want to use for your sketches :
LANGUAGE The most important words
Please / Thank you (very much)
To accept: Yes, please To refuse: No, thank you
After hearing 'thank you': You're welcome! / Don't mention it! / It's all right! / That's okay!
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening / Good night / Goodbye
To call someone:
Excuse me (before) / I'm sorry (after)
If you don't understand:
(I beg your) pardon? / Can you repeat please? / Can you speak more slowly please?
I don't understand / I didn't understand / I didn't catch that / I didn't hear you
How do you spell it? Can you write it down for me please?
When meeting somebody for the first time:
How do you do? (Formal) / Pleased to meet you.
Nice to meet you. I'm ………… / This is …………
This is my luggage. Where shall I put my luggage? (in the boot !)
In the car while driving to your host family
How are you? (I'm fine, thank you / I'm tired)
You must be tired. (Yes, I am / It's okay, I'm fine)
Where are you from?
(I am / We are from Angers (or ?), in the west of France, 60 miles from Le Mans (or ?)
Is this your first visit to England / you first time in …………..?
(Yes, it is / No, I've been to England before. I last visited England in 19__)
Have you been to England / London /………before? (Yes I have / No, never)
How was your trip? I had a nice trip / train journey, thank you. / I'm a bit tired / I'm very tired.
Did you enjoy going on the Eurostar? Yes, it was great / it was marvelous / Yes, I really did.
How is your English? (It's okay / It's so-so / I get by / It's poor / It's terrible)
How long have you studied English? (I have been leaning English for ………… years)
Your English is very good / You speak English very well.
When getting home, on the first evening
Follow me / This is your room / Your room is upstairs / You will have to share.
Please don't eat or smoke in your room. / You mustn't ……… / You can't …………. in your room.
This is the bathroom / the toilet.
You can wash / have a bath / have a shower in the evening / in the morning.
Don't forget to flush the toilet!
Are you hungry? Would you like something to eat? A snack or something hot?
Are you thirsty? Would you like something to drink?
Is there any food you don't like?
You may need to say:
I've brought you a little present from Angers/……….
May I use the bathroom/ toilet? / Where can I wash my hands?
Is it okay if I have a shower? / Do you mind if I have a shower?
Could I have a towel, please?
Do you think I could have another blanket / pillow, please?
Do you think I could have a few more coat hangers, please?
Where shall I put my coat / my shoes / my dirty laundry?
Where do I put the rubbish?
How do you switch on / off the light? / How does it work?
Can I borrow an iron / a hairdryer / an adaptor?
The…………is broken / The …………..doesn't work.
May I watch television (with you)?
I am hungry; may I have something to eat?
I'm tired; may I go to bed now?
Would you excuse me/us, I'm going to my room.
What time do I have to get up? / What time are we getting up / leaving the house tomorrow?
Could you please call me at six thirty / seven / seven thirty?
We are meeting at …….. tomorrow morning.
Good night! Sleep well!
There is no hot water in the bathroom / no toilet paper.
May I phone the group leader? / I need to speak to my teacher / Can I ring Mr ……. / Mrs …….?
I don't feel very well / I feel a bit sick / I have a headache / I have a bad stomach /
I have toothache / I have a sore throat / My ……….(body part) _ ache(s) / I'm ill.
I feel sick / I have been sick.
I am allergic to cats / smoke / penicillin /etc.
I'm asthmatic / I need my inhaler.
My period has started / I need some tampons/towels.
I've got diarrhoea / I'm constipated
The morning after
You may hear:
How are you today? (Fine / very well thank you / so-so. And you?)
Did you sleep well? (Yes, thank you, very well)
Were you cold / okay? Is your room warm enough?
Do you need an extra blanket / pillow?
What would you like for breakfast? Tea / coffee / cereals?
This is your packed lunch.
I'm going to take you to the meeting point.
I will show you how to get to the meeting point.
See you later / tonight. You have to be back at five. / Have a nice day
What time should I/we be back?
Can you show me/us the way to the meeting point?
After your first day
I'm back / We're back!
I had a lovely day / I enjoyed myself a lot today / We went to ………… / We visited ………..
It was great, exciting =/= It was boring
Hello / Good evening
How was your day?
Where did you go today? What did you visit? Did you enjoy yourself?
Your parents phoned. You have to phone them back.
Where are you going tomorrow?
Meals at home
What time is breakfast / dinner?
Shall I lay the table?
May I have a little of this please? / I have a sweet tooth
Would you like some ……….? (Yes, please / No, thank you, I'm not very keen on ……..)
May I have some more please?
I don't particularly like ……., I'd prefer ………. if you don't mind.
I'm a vegetarian / I can only eat Kosher / Muslim / Halal food.
I'm very sorry but I'm not allowed to eat ………… (meat / pork / beef / shellfish)
Can I help you with the washing up?
That was nice / delicious / super / excellent. / I really enjoyed that.
Would you like some more ………..? (Yes, please, but only a little / No, thank you, it was very nice)
Push / Pull / Open / Closed / Cash desk
Can I help you? No, thank you, I'm just looking! / We are together.
Do you have ……….? / I would like …………. / Do you sell ………..? / I'm looking for ………..
How much is it? / It's too expensive. / I have nothing smaller, sorry.
Sorry, I haven't got enough money? / Sorry, I haven't got enough change.
It's a gift, could wrap it up please?
I don't know my size.
Shoes: What is your shoe size? I take size ………..shoe / They're too big/small.
(2 = 35, 3 = 36, 4 = 37, 5 = 38, 6 = 39, 7 = 41, 8 = 42, 9 = 43, 10 = 44, 11 = 45, 12 = 46)
Clothes: I take size ………. / Can I try this on? Where are the changing rooms?
For women 8 = 36, 10 = 38, 12 = 40, 14 = 42, 16 = 44, 18 = 46
For men 36 = 46, 38 = 48, 40 = 50, 42 = 52, 44 = 54, 46 = 56
Your change! Your receipt!
Asking your way in the street
Always start with: 'Excuse me, please'
Could you tell me the way to …………….?
How do I get to ………/ the main street / the station / the chemist's / the post office?
Is there a public toilet / a baker's / a newsagent's around here?
Excuse me, where is the nearest ………..?
I am lost / I am looking for ………….. / Can you show me on the map?
You may hear:
Keep going straight ahead / Straight on
You have to turn round
Turn right / turn left
Keep going as far as …………
Cross the street / Take the first/second on the right
It's after/past the traffic lights
Go past the church.
Follow the ……….. signs / It's opposite the ……….
At the bank
Where can I change money? I want to change 20 Euros into Pounds
I'd like small notes, please. / I need a receipt.
I would like …………… please.
a black coffee / a white coffee / a tea (with milk/lemon) / a hot chocolate / herbal tea / a soda / a lemonade / a glass of tap water / a glass of mineral water / a fruit juice / an orange juice / half of shandy / half of lager / half of bitter / half of cider / etc.
Anything else? Two pounds twenty, please. Thank you. Here's your change.
Will you drive me/us to the train station ? = Will you give me/us a lift to the train station?
Are you paying for the cab / taxi?
I've really enjoyed my stay.
Thank you for your hospitality.
Thanks for everything.