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September 22nd, 2010, 13:53
my jte wants me to put together a list of about 30 phrases we use in our everyday lives...

any suggestions? :/

September 22nd, 2010, 14:38
How formal/ informal does she want them to be?

How have you been?
Is everything okay?
Do you have any plans?
Today's/Tomorrow's bad, how about...
Please don't touch me.
I said don't touch me.
Seriously, I will cut your hand off.
What the fuck is wrong with you?!?!

September 25th, 2010, 23:21
That'll be/ Your total is _____.
What can I get you to drink/eat?
Is that all?
Have a nice day
How was your day/ work/ school?

These are all phrases that are used almost daily but I've never seen in a textbook or heard out of a Japanese person's mouth.

September 26th, 2010, 01:56
What are you doing today?/What are you planning to do today?
I'll see you soon.
It was nice to see you.
Would you like to meet up for a coffee?
It's meant to be a nice/rainy etc day today.
It's been a miserable day today! (maybe the last two are just because I'm British and we always talk about the weather :p)
Is there anything I can do to help?

Perhaps not 'everyday' but common expression I hear around.

September 26th, 2010, 10:42
what grade are you teaching at?

September 27th, 2010, 08:14
What's up?
Not much.
How's it goin'?
Hey man.
What have you been up to?
Radical (Rad).
No way!
I dunno.
This sucks. (This ___ sucks, He/She sucks, etc.)

September 27th, 2010, 09:39
I'm stuffed (as in, I'm full, couldn't eat another bite, etc.). (I've experienced incredible difficulty trying to explain this one to J-folk).

Pay attention. (When I think about it, this is an incredibly weird way of saying "Be attentive.")

This/he/she is a pain in the neck (butt, ass, etc.).

________ rule(s)!


"was like" as in "said" -- I know, it's not proper English (god, I can feel my HS English teacher telepathically strangling me from afar), but it's getting increasingly important if you want to be able to understand what anyone under 30 is saying in America. "So she was like, 'You're freakin' fat,' and I was like, 'Fuck you, bitch!'"

I'm fed up.

I've had it up to here.

I'm on cloud nine. (actually, it's been a while since I've heard that one)

Cheer up!

I'm torn.

Screw it. (Fuck it.) (I dunno if either one of these would be acceptable to teach to JHS kids, but whatever. Fuck it.)


Catch up/get caught up.

"Kind of," as in "I'm kind of tired" or "The movie was kind of shitty."

What the hell ~ (I guess you could teach "What the heck" to JHS kids. Or you could say "What in the sam-hill" like my HS English teacher used to say).

September 27th, 2010, 12:32
I feel like...(verb)ing / I feel like a... (noun)

He/she has a crush on....

I'm crazy about...

September 27th, 2010, 13:14
ah, thanks guys!
definitely will be using a lot of these...!

September 27th, 2010, 14:09
That's messed up.

What a crock!

Lord have mercy.

A'ight? A'ight.


It was a letdown. (The game, the movie, etc.)

I'm wasted (plastered, sloshed, etc.). (Maybe that one wouldn't work for JHS kids).

I told you that bitch was crazy! (That one, either)

Aw, hell no. (I should probably just stop with these)

I'm starving! (This one made for an interesting explanation; the ES teacher had this hilariously horrified expression on her face when she finally understood it)

Let's roll!

See you later, alligator / After a while, crocodile! (This one is great fun to teach, because "alligator" sounds like "arigato" to the students, and they think it's funny. My kids loved it, and they say this to me at school from time to time. It's cute.)

I'm bushed. I'm beat.

That rocks!

And how could I have possibly forgotten one of my favorite phrases--"Word." Devolved into a single word from the phrase "Word to your mother," which also devolved from the phrase "You are preaching the word to your mother"--in other words, "I agree strongly, so much so, in fact, that you needn't bother trying to convince me. It's as though you were, metaphorically speaking, preaching the Word of God to your mother, who, of course, taught you all about such matters." Today, obviously, the word "word" has come to be used in exactly such a context. Sometimes used as a rhetorical question, with an upward inflection--"Word?"--as a means of verifying a statement. As in, "Really?"

September 27th, 2010, 14:10
Good morning/hello, how are you?
Where is the ____?
Do you know how much/where/when X is?
I wish it were the weekend already...
Anything exciting happen today?
How was your day?

September 27th, 2010, 14:11
These are fun! I'll try to think of more. I should use these for my adult class....

September 29th, 2010, 14:32
Are you kidding?

You can't be serious.

Are you sure?

That's pretty good.

(something you want) would be nice right now. e.g.- A glass of milk would be nice right now.

Variable Rush
September 30th, 2010, 11:30
"You know the rules and so do I" (which typically results in someone laughing
"All your base are belong to us"
"I roll a natural 20 in awesomeness!"

I hang out with geeks.

October 1st, 2010, 14:09
i'm thinkin of throwing "fo sheezy" on the list but i'm on the fence about it... what do ya'll think?

October 1st, 2010, 23:47
Interesting these common expressions; they're likely subject to a lot of variety across countries and regions.
For example word included "i'm bushed/beat". It's probably more common here to say knackered.

Even just things like "gonna" instead of "going to" might be quite useful for general understanding of casual speech.

"Cover for me."
"It was like that when I got here."
"I didn't do it."