Appendix:English phrasebook

This appendix is for common phrases in English that are peculiar to English but are possibly non-idiomatic in terms of CFI, in that their meaning can be reliably assessed from the meaning of their constituent words. What makes a phrase common remains unspecified at this point, but numbers of Google hits are one indicator of commonality. See Category:English phrasebook for many more, and see Wiktionary:Phrasebook.

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do you speak English?


good luck with that 
An expression wishing someone success in an unlikely enterprise. You want to fix all 5,000 of them yourself? Good luck with that.


how do you pronounce this word 
Please say this word out loud so that I can learn how it is pronounced.
how much does it cost 
What is its price?; how much money do you want for it?
how much is it 
What is its price?, How much money do you want for it?
how old are you
What is your age in years?


I could eat a horse 
I am very hungry.
I love you 
I love you
I'm in love with you 
A declaration of passionate romantic feeling.
I think so 
Yes; I agree.


there isn't any easy way to say this 
Used to introduce bad news.
to whom it may concern 
Used as a salutation in a letter when the writer does not know who will read the letter.


wipe one's nose 
To remove mucus or other matter from one’s nostrils, by wiping with a handkerchief or tissue.
what's up? 
What has been occurring in your life recently?
what is your name
what's on your mind 
What are you thinking about?
where are the toilets 
Where are the toilets?

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