TOEFL IBT – Useful Expressions

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This vocabulary will be useful for visiting an English-speaking country, for expanding your English vocabulary, or especially for any number of English language exams you may take. Here we will look at some commonly used everyday expressions, along with their French translations.

Do you have Facebook?

used to find out if someone has a Facebook account

Let’s keep in touch! Do you have Facebook?

Tu es sur Facebook ?

Excuse me.

when you need to get through but someone is blocking your way; to get someone’s attention

Excuse me sir, you dropped your wallet.

Excusez-moi !

get on one’s nerves

used when someone or something is bothering you

You’re beginning to get on my nerves.

courir sur le haricot de qqn

give someone a hand

to help someone

Can you give me a hand setting up the dining table?

donner un coup de main à qqn

grab a bite

to get something to eat

I don’t have much time, so let’s grab a quick bite.

manger un morceau

Hi! I’m [Name]. And you?

an informal greeting to use when you meet new people

Hi! I’m Rebecca. And you?

Salut ! Je suis [prénom]. Et vous ?

How does that sound?

used for suggesting an idea or a plan to find out what others think

We could have dinner at 6, and then go to a movie. How does that sound?

Ça te dit ?

I don’t understand.

used when you don’t understand what someone means

Sorry, I don’t understand what you’re saying.

Je ne comprends pas.

I really appreciate…

used to thank someone

I really appreciate your help with the talent show.

Je suis vraiment reconnaissant…

I’m sorry.

used to apologize

I’m sorry for being so late.

Je suis désolé.

In your dreams!

used to tell someone that they will not get what they want; usually used by itself

You think you’ll beat me? In your dreams!

Dans tes rêves !

Never mind.

forget about it; to express you don’t need an answer any longer

A: Can you grab that pen for me?

B: What did you say?

A: Never mind…


Nice to meet you.

used after you learn each other’s names

A: Hi Rebecca, I’m Chad.

B: Nice to meet you, Chad.


Now you’re talking!

used to agree with someone

A: I say instead of staying home for vacation we go to Mexico.

B: Now you’re talking!

Tu parles !

Since when?

asking from when; used when you are surprised by someone’s actions or words

Since when did you become so interested in chess?

Depuis quand ?


used when you bump into someone on the street


Pardon !

stay in touch

to stay connected

Call me more often man. We got to stay in touch.

tenir qqn au courant

take it easy

to relax; to stop working so hard

You’re pushing yourself too hard. Take it easy.

se la couler douce

Thanks so much.

a simple sentence used to thank someone

Thanks so much for the birthday money.

Merci beaucoup.

That sounds great.

used if you like an idea

A: Why don’t we go to my house and play video games?

B: That sounds great!

Ça a l’air genial !

What do you do?

used when you meet someone for the first time; means what do you do for a living/what is your job

A: What do you do, Cathleen?

B: I work at the university as a financial specialist.

Que faites-vous dans la vie ?

What do you think?

used when you want to hear someone’s opinion on a topic

I’m not sure if we should paint the room yellow or blue. What do you think?

Qu’est-ce que tu en penses ?

What does ___ mean?

used to ask what a word or phrase means

What does “font” mean?

Qu’est-ce que ___ veut dire ?

Who cares?!

to express something is not important to you; commonly used on its own

Who cares if they win or lose?

Et alors ?

You’ve got to be kidding.

used when a true statement is ridiculous

A: Hey Jared. Mom told me to tell you that you shouldn’t stay out too late.

B: You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m 30 years old.

Tu plaisantes ?

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