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  • So, you're coming to Britain. Maybe it's for a holiday, maybe it's a business trip, maybe it's to study.

  • Well, here are the ten basic English phrases that you need to know.

  • All right, if there's one word you need to know if you come to Britain, it's thank you.

  • We use thank you all the time.

  • Uh.... if someone opens the door for you we say thank you.

  • Uh... when the waiter or waitress brings your food, we say thank you.

  • All the time.

  • So, we've got lots of different ways to say thank you. We've got thanks. We've got thanks so much.

  • Uh... we've also got cheers; that's a really nice informal way to say thank you. Cheers.

  • So, make sure you learn one way to say "thank you" at least, and use it all the time.

  • Our next word is "excuse me".

  • Now, this is a brilliant word because it has loads of different meanings.

  • The one meaning is to get attention, someone's attention.

  • So, you can say, "Excuse me, um, excuse me," and that means you want their attention.

  • Uh... it can also be uh... an apology, a way to apologize.

  • So, "Oh, excuse me," is a way to say "I'm sorry".

  • It's also really good when you are walking around the city to go past people.

  • You could say, "Excuse me," if you want to kind of walk around them, uh... make sure they know that you're there.

  • So, it's a word that has a lot of different meanings; super useful.

  • Perhaps the most useful word in English is "sorry"; we use sorry all the time.

  • I mean, we use sorry to apologize even when we didn't do anything wrong.

  • For example, if someone bumps into me, I'll say sorry.

  • I don't know, it's a bit weird, I know, it's crazy.

  • We also use sorry to get someone to repeat something.

  • So, if we didn't understand what they said, we could say, "I'm sorry?" and that's a way to ask them to repeat what they said.

  • Now, I'm sure your English is much better than you think it is.

  • But if you don't feel totally confident with your English when you're here, you could say to someone, "I''m sorry, but I don't speak much English."

  • I''m sorry, but I don't speak much English.

  • That's a great phrase to use to prepare someone for a... for a conversation.

  • And, hopefully, they'll be a little bit slower in their speech.

  • They'll say things more clearly to help you to understand, uh, what they're saying.

  • Now, sometimes people talk really quickly, so you might want them to repeat what they've just said.

  • So you could say, "Could you say that again, please?" Could you say that again, please?

  • Hopefully, they'll repeat what they said and you can understand them.

  • A super useful phrase that we use all the time is "I'd like". I'd like...

  • It's exactly the same as "I want"; we use it to do everything.

  • To order food, for example, you could say, "I'd like a hamburger, please."

  • If you are at the tube station, you could say, "I'd like a ticket, please."

  • So, "I'd like" is a really useful phrase.

  • The "I'd" is "I would", so, "I would like", we contract it, "I'd" like. I'd like.

  • So, what do we say when we want to find something, when we want to locate where something is?

  • There are lots of different phrases we could use.

  • Uh, we use "excuse me", maybe, to get someone's attention, and then we could say, "Um... excuse me, do you know where the nearest toilet is?"

  • Or, "Do you know where the nearest tube station is?" or "Do you know where the nearest ice rink is?"

  • Ok, we got that one.

  • Uh... you could say, "Uh... excuse me, do you know where Buckingham Palace is?" Do you know where Buckingham Palace is?

  • So, a nice phrase to find where something is.

  • Of course, if you want to know the price of something, you could say, "How much is blah, blah, blah?"

  • So, "How much is this?" "How much is that?" "How much is this t-shirt?" "How much are these jeans?" etc.

  • "How much", really useful phrase.

  • Another essential phrase when you come to London is, "Could we have...? Could we have...?" So it's a very polite way to request something.

  • So, for example, "Uh, could we have the bill, please?" Could we have the bill, please?

  • Or, "Could we have the menu, please?" Could we have the menu, please?

  • So "could we have" or "could I have" is a nice, polite way to request something.

  • Um... a little bit like earlier when we looked at "could you say that again"; nice polite way to request something.

  • Our final phrase for today is maybe the most important, although I know I've said that about every phrase so far.

  • "Do you have wifi?" Do you have wifi? These days, we always need wifi, we always need to be connected.

  • So the phrase "Do you have wifi?" The most important. You could also ask, "Um... What's the password?" What's the password?

  • So, if they do have wifi, you could say, "What's the password?"

  • That's the little word or number that they'll give you so that you can get connected.

  • Eat Sleep Dreamers, I hope you found that useful. I hope that when you come to Britain, you can use all of those phrases perfectly.

  • Remember, I've got new videos every Tuesday and every Friday helping you take your English to the next level.

  • I've really enjoyed this walk around London, guys; I'd love to do it again sometime.

  • Until next time, this is Tom, the chief dreamer, saying goodbye.

So, you're coming to Britain. Maybe it's for a holiday, maybe it's a business trip, maybe it's to study.

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