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What’s your name?
Where are you from? / Where do you come from?
I’m from … I come from …

What’s your surname / family name?

What’s your first name?

What’s your address?
7865 NW Sweet Street

Where do you live?
I live in San Diego.

What’s your (tele)phone number?

How old are you?
Twenty-five. I’m twenty-five years old.

When / Where were you born?
I was born in 1961 / Seattle.

Are you married? / What’s your marital status?
I’m single.

What do you do? / What’s your job?
I’m a librarian.

Where did you go?
I went to a friend’s house.

What did you do?
We played video games.

Where were you?
I was in New York for the weekend.

Have you got a car / job / house / etc.?
Yes, I’ve got a good job.

Have you got any children / friends / books / etc.?
Yes, I’ve got three children – two boys and a daughter.

Can you play tennis / golf / football / etc.?
Yes, I can play golf.

Can you speak English / French / Japanese / etc.?
No, I can’t speak Japanese.

Could you speak English / French / Japanese / etc.?
when you were five / two / fifteen / etc. years old?
Yes, I could speak English when I was five years old.

Introducing Yourself / Saying Hello

How do you do?
How do you do. Pleased to meet you.

How are you?
Fine, thanks. And you?


How can I help you? / May I help you?
Yes. I’m looking for a sweater.

Can I try it on?
Sure, the changing rooms are over there.

How much does it cost? / How much is it?
It’s $45.

How would you like to pay?
By credit card.

Can I pay by credit card / check / debit card?
Certainly. We accept all major cards.

Have you got something bigger / smaller / lighter / etc.?
Certainly, we’ve got a smaller sizes as well.

Asking Something Specific

What’s that?
It’s a cat!

What time is it?
It’s three o’clock.

Can / May I open the window?
Certainly. It’s hot in here!

Is there a bank / supermarket / pharmacy / etc. near here?
Yes. There is a bank on the next corner next to the post office.

Where is the nearest bank / supermarket / pharmacy / etc.?
The nearest pharmacy is on 15th street.

Who wrote / invented / painted / etc. the …?
Hemingway wrote “The Sun Also Rises”.

Is there any water / sugar / rice / etc.?
Yes, there’s a lot of sugar left.

Are there any apples / sandwiches / books / etc.?
No, there aren’t any apples left.

Is this your / his / her / etc. book / ball / house / etc.?
No, I think it’s his ball.

Whose is this / that?
It’s Jack’s.

Questions with ‘Like’

What do you like?
I like playing tennis, reading and listening to music.

What does he look like?
He’s tall and slim.

What would you like?
I’d like a steak and chips.

What is it like?
It’s an interesting country.

What’s the weather like?
It’s raining at the moment.

Would you like some coffee / tea / food?
Yes, thank you. I’d like some coffee.

Would you like something to drink / eat?
Thank you. Could I have a cup of tea?

Asking for an Opinion

What’s it about?
It’s about a young boy who encounters adventures.

What do you think about your job / that book / Tim / etc.?
I thought the book was very interesting.

How big / far / difficult / easy is it?
The test was very difficult!

How big / far / difficult / easy are they?
The questions were very easy.

How was it?
It was very interesting.

What are you going to do tomorrow / this evening / next week / etc.?
I’m going to visit some friends next weekend.


What shall we do this evening?
Let’s go see a film.

Why don’t we go out / play tennis / visit friends / etc. this evening?
Yes, that sounds like a good idea.