Is your English too formal??- ESL casual English expressions for everyday life

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet – American Proverb


When communicating with people in New York it is sometimes a good idea to NOT be too formal in your speaking. Of course, in business situations it may be important to use formal English.

However in everyday life, you may want to try to be a little more casual.  By speaking formally, your English might sound unnatural and stiff.  It may also make it difficult to get close (become friends) to other people.  The best way to improve your English skills is to try to communicate with the native speakers around you.

Next time, try using these casual expressions when trying to make new friends!


Casual Greetings

 “How’s it going” – a casual way of saying “How are you”


How do I answer this question?


“I am good, how about you?” or “I’m not doing so well today, and yourself?”



Inviting someone to have a meal together


“Let’s go for a bite to eat sometime” – a casual way to say let’s have lunch/dinner together


How can I say yes?


“That sounds good” or “Sure, I’d love to.”


How do I schedule a date/time to go?


“When is good for you?” – casual way of saying “When would be a convenient time for you?”


“How about tomorrow at 6?” – casual way of saying “Would you be able to meet tomorrow at 6?”


“It’s a plan!” – casual way of saying “Sure, I would love to meet tomorrow at that time”


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