15 practical phrases to encourage someone.

  Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new English lesson with me Michelle. Failure is common to all and there are times when our loved ones feel discouraged and they need us to comfort them with encouraging words. At those times if you find yourself confused about what you should say then this English lesson is a must watch for you because here I am going to share with you different ways and English phrases of encouraging our dear ones.

The first set of Phrases that I am going to share with you can be used when someone hasn’t started yet. You can say these phrases to someone who’s trying to decide whether to do something that seems difficult or risky:

Give it a try.

Example: Your friend has never driven a car on highway. You offer to let her drive your car on the highway and she’s really scared about it. You can tell her “Give it a try”.

It’s worth a shot.

Example: Your brother likes a really beautiful woman who lives nearby. He asks if he should ask her on a date. You think she might say no, but you encourage him anyway by saying “It’s worth a shot”.

What do you have to lose?

Example: Your roommate sees a job opening. She seems like she wants the job, but she’s hesitating to apply for it. You think she should go ahead and apply. You encourage her by saying “what do you have to lose?”.

You might as well –

when there are low chances (might) of success. You might as well.

Example: Your sister will be able to finish school a year early if she takes a few extra difficult classes, but isn’t sure if she should. You think it’s a good idea.  So you could encourage her to go ahead by saying “You might as well”.

The second bunch of Phrases can be used with someone having trouble or in the middle/midst of a difficult situation. These phrases are ways to tell someone to keep trying:


Hang in there.

Example: Your sister is in medical school. She tells you about how hard her classes are and the number of hours she has to spend studying. You can respond “Hang in there”.

Never say ‘die’.

Example: You’re playing a soccer game. Your team is losing badly, but you want your teammates to keep trying to win. You could yell out “Never say die, we must win this”.

Keep pushing.

Example: You’re at the gym with your friend, who’s out of shape. He seems tired and ready to stop, but you want him to continue. Then you could say to him “Keep Pushing”.

Keep fighting!

Example: You’re playing a baseball match and your team is losing, so you yell this out.

“Keep fighting, we have to win this match”.

The third group of phrases can be used when someone is facing a hard decision.These phrases are ways to display or show your support to somebody

I’ll support you either way.

Meaning: Support in every decision.

Example: Your sister is thinking about divorcing her husband. You don’t want to give her advice, but you want her to feel that you support her. You could tell her “I’ll support you either way”.

I’m behind you 100%.

Meaning: To agree and support someone

Example: One of your employees wants to change a policy in the department that he manages. You agree with the change. You can tell him “I’m behind you 100 %”.

It’s your call.

Meaning: neither agree nor disagree

Example: You’re helping your girlfriend shop for a used car. She finds a car that she might want to buy, but she’s not sure if it’s a good choice. She can’t make up her mind. You can tell her “it’s your call”.

The fourth set of phrases are used to inspire people. You wouldn’t use these phrases often in regular conversation, but in writing or speeches because they sound very inspirational:

Follow your dreams.

Meaning: Achieve your dreams by working hard for them.

Example: You can continue your corporate job but you must follow your dreams to be a painter.

Reach for the stars.

Meaning:To set one’s goals or ambitions very high; to try to attain or achieve something difficult.

Example: My parents always taught me to reach for the stars when I was growing up—that I could be anything I set my mind to!

Believe in yourself.

Saying: Believe in Yourself and People Will Be Forced to Believe in You.

Meaning: Believing in yourself is all about being sure that you are going to do whatever you want even if others were against you.

Example: For everyone trying to learn English, believe in yourself, you’ll surely learn the language. You can do it.

The sky is the limit.

Meaning: there is no upper limit.

Example: I always tell my painter friend, go online, because out there on the web sky is the limit.

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