1. What have you been up to?
(What have you been doing lately?)
Example conversation: Tom: Hey Luke! Long time no see! What have you been up do?
Luke: Oh you know, this and that…
2. Speak of the devil!
(= We’ve just been talking about you, and here you are!)
Example conversation: Suzy: Have you heard from Debbie recently?
Kelly: No, I haven’t. I thought she was on holiday. (Debbie walks up to Suzy and Kelly) Suzy: Speak of the devil!
3. Take care
(= Look after yourself)
Example conversation: Rob: OK, I’m going home. See you next week! Pat: Take care then.
4. Well I’ll be off then..
(= I’m going now)
Example conversation: Steve: Is there anything else you’d like me to do? John: No, that’s it for today. Thanks. Steve: Well I’ll be off then. See you tomorrow.
5. (I’ll) love you and leave you.
(= I’m going now)
Example conversation: (Lisa and Jane are chatting, and Jane’s phone rings.)
Jane: Hello? (She looks at Lisa)
Lisa: Well, I’ll love you and leave Jane: Bye!
6. Catch you later.
(= See you later) Example conversation: Nick: OK, I’m off now. Ted: OK! Catch you later! 6. Gotta dash! (I’ve got to go) Example conversation: Rob: Is that the time? Gotta dash! Jo: OK! Catch you later!
7. (I’m / He’s, etc) off out for the evening.
(= I’m / He’s etc going out for the evening)
Son: OK, See you two later! Dad: Where’s he going?
Mum: He’s off out for the evening
8. Be my guest!
(= Of course – you can do something!)
Example conversation: Passenger 1: Have you finished with your newspaper?
Passenger 2: Be my guest!
9. Help yourself!
(= Take one)
Example conversation Bill: Can I have one of your biscuits?
Anna: Help yourself!
10. Make yourself at home!
(= Sit down and feel comfortable) (John and Sue arrive at Debbie’s house for dinner. Debbie shows them in.)
Debbie: Go and sit down. Make yourself at home! What can I get you to drink?
John: Thanks, a beer please…
11. Never mind!
(= It doesn’t matter)
Example conversation: Ben: I’m sorry, but I can’t come out tonight after all. Liam: Never mind! Another time perhaps
12. No worries!
(= It doesn’t matter)
13. Would you like a hand with that?
(= Can I help you?)
Example conversation: (Shop assistant sees a customer trying to get something down from a shelf) Shop assistant: Would you like a hand with that? Customer: Oh yes please!
14. Are you alright with that?
(= Do you need help?)
Example conversation: (David sees a woman with a heavy suitcase)
David: Are you alright with that?
Woman: I’m fine, thanks!
15. Have you got a (noun) on you?
(= Do you have a / the…?)
Example conversation: Mike: Have you got the time on you? Andy: Yes, it’s almost 3 o’clock.
16. Ta! (= Thank you)
Example conversation: Barbara: I’ll leave you that magazine when I’ve finished with it.
Theresa: Ta! 19. Cheers! (= Thank you)
Example conversation: (Neil comes back from the sandwich shop)
Neil: Here’s the sandwich you wanted.
Will: Cheers mate!
17. Nice one! (= Thank you.
This is particularly used by British men.) Example situation: Someone holds the door open for you, and you say “Nice one!” as you walk through the door
18. Keep your chin up!
(= Don’t worry too much)
Example conversation: Kirsty: I just had the most terrible meeting with Dan. I think he’s going to fire me. Julia: Keep your chin up! I’m sure it’ll be fine.
19. I don’t mind.
(= Either option is fine with me)
Emma: Do you fancy going out tonight or staying in?
Mark: I don’t mind. Whatever you decide…
20. By the looks of it…
(= From what I can see / understand) Example conversation:
Charles: It’s going to rain, by the looks of
21. I’ve had it up to here with…
(= I’m completely fed up with…)
Example conversation (Two children arguing with each other)
Mum: I’ve had it up to here with you two! Why don’t you go out and play?
22. Mind your own business!
(= Don’t be nosy – I’m not going to tell you what you want to know!) Example conversation: Sarah: How much do you earn? George: Mind your own business