Starting a sentence in English is always challenging for beginners in English. In this English conversation lesson with Niharika, you will learn some useful English conversation starters that would come handy while starting a small talk. These phrases are useful in spoken English, for writing emails or even essays and stories.
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Just think about this, how many times have you found yourself getting stuck to start your sentence? You know what you want to say but you are just unable to start your sentence. Well in today’s lesson we are gonna look at ‘starter phrases’. Well how you would begin your sentence, that’s what we’re gonna have a look at. Hey friends, welcome back, it’s me Niharika and it’s time to boost your English fluency, how do you do that? Well in today’s lesson we are gonna help you with some stutter phrases. Maybe you get stuck in a conversation, maybe you fall short of words to just start your sentence, so here I have some phrases for you that would help you to start your sentences confidently and let’s begin with the very first one, so pay attention, we have, “Well, to be honest with you…” so when do you use this phrase as a starter to your sentence? There are times when people ask us questions or they ask for our opinions. Now you know the answer you know what you want to say or probably you have an opinion towards what’s being asked but then how do you just get started, well this is a great phrase to use for example, your friend comes and asks you that hey John what’s happening with this new girl you’ve been dating? Are you planning to get married? So what’s going on? And then you know what you want to do because yes you have thought about this relationship and now how do you tell this to your friend? How do you just start having that conversation? Well use this starter phrase. Well to be honest with you, yes I have thought about marriage but before that I really need to talk to my parents. Now using this phrase, you’re also buying some time to you know what you want to say and of course it’s a great starter to your conversation. So when you are being questioned or people want to know your opinion about something, then go ahead and use this phrase, all right? Moving on to another phrase that I have for you which is used as a starter phrase is, “As a matter of fact…” So when do you use this? Well as a matter of fact is a great substitute to the word ‘actually’. There are times and situations when you end up using the word ‘actually’, way too many times, right? And then the word ‘actually’ is actually used to emphasize your statement. Now it is also considered as a filler, okay it’s quite a filler word in your English because people tend to use it too much like, ‘actually this happened’, ‘actually I wanted to do that’, so to avoid this and to begin your sentence confidently you can use this phrase instead. So as a matter of fact, so when you want to emphasize your statement, emphasize to what you want to say right now, we’ll use the phrase, ‘as a matter of fact’. For example your friend says hey have you seen John yet? I don’t think he has showed up to work and then yes you know that probably he was partying last night and he has definitely not got up this morning and not showed up, so well, as a matter of fact, I haven’t seen him either. So yes you will put that emphasis on to what you’re saying right, so use this phrase. Moving on to another starter phrase that I have for you is, “As you may already know…” Now you use this phrase when you know that the other person that you having a chat with is familiar with the idea that you are talking. So when you know he’s likely familiar to what you want to say has a background to what you are gonna discuss, then this is a great starter phrase. You can say as you may know already okay for example your friend is talking about this new startup business that you are really looking forward for and then he comes and asks you so what’s happening with that, are you gonna start your business? And then you know probably you have discussed about this before and the person has an idea to what you have been planning or what are the steps that you have taken then you will say that, “As you may already know, that I have spoken to a couple of investors, now let’s see what they have to say and then I’ll go ahead and think about this further.” Okay, so this is the way you will use this phrase to start your sentence. Moving on to another one, “Well, not everyone knows that…” Now when you use this phrase it means that you are probably disclosing something or some idea or some fact that the other person has no clue about it, okay? So you are disclosing a new piece of news, right? So well not everyone knows that for example, your friend comes and tells you that, “Hey, do you know Samantha has started her new business and how could she just do it in such a short time?” So now you know something about Samantha, you know the secret of this big business that she has started, “Well not everyone knows that it’s her father who has backed her up.” Okay so probably it’s just you who knew that yes it’s her father who has invested or the father who has helped her to start this business. So you are disclosing a new piece of news then go ahead use this phrase to start your sentence. The next one that I have for you is, “The best way to describe this…” Someone asks you a question, for example, you went out or you have called people over and you served amazing food, absolutely scrumptious meal that people loved it and now your family members are asking you, “So what’s the secret recipe, how did you cook this? Now you’re not just gonna start by saying add some chopped onions, add some chopped tomatoes the correct way to start your sentence or your conversation or to describe the recipe is well the best way to describe this is you need to just go ahead and add some… okay so this is how your conversation will get the start, right? Use the phrase when you have to describe something. Moving on to another one which is, “Let me explain this…” When do you use this? Now when there’s a situation, when there’s an issue that you’ve been facing, many people are arguing about something, many people are asking too many questions about something and you want to give a justification or you want to go ahead and solve this issue, so to begin talking about this issue is that, “All right, let me explain this to you…” Okay so that is a great starter phrase that you can use to justify or to solve an issue. And then the last starter phrase that I have for you is, “Well to be very specific…? Now there are times when you have to give, or you have to summarize a situation or give an overview to an issue or to a situation, how do you do that? How do you just summarize the whole thing or give an overview about something that is being discussed? Well to begin the conversation you can use this starter phrase by saying, “Well, to be very specific about this, I have thought of a plan which shall work the best.” Okay so here you’re giving an overview about something that’s been discussed by many people in the room, so use this phrase to start up your sentence, okay? So the next time you get a little nervous and you think that ah your English isn’t that great then please stop thinking that and use these phrases to start your sentence confidently and I’ll be back with a new lesson soon till then you take care