Learn how to say please, thank you, and you're welcome in English. Click on
each link to hear that word or phrase pronounced.
Sometimes called the "magic word," please is what you must use when asking
When someone does something for you or gives you something, say "thank you."
In the United Kingdom, ta and
cheers can also be used. When you are
really pleased, you can say thank you
There are three different expressions that you can use to respond to
welcome - basic
my pleasure - expresses the
idea that you were happy to do it
mention it - informal
These can be used if you bump into someone or need to get someone's
attention, as well as if you want to ask for information.
sorry to bother you
This is only used when you want to ask for information (and is more polite
than "pardon me" and "excuse me").
Use this when you have made a mistake.
This is a polite expression used after someone sneezes.
When making a toast (where you clink your glasses together with friends
or family), "cheers" is the expression used most.
There are different titles that you use to address different people,
depending on their gender (male or female), age, and whether you know their
When talking to a man, you will either use
sir (if you don't know his name) or
Mister plus his last name.
When talking to a woman who is married or over 30 years old, use
ma'am (if you don't know her name) or
Mrs. plus her last name.
When talking to a woman who is unmarried or under 30, use
miss (if you don't know her name) or
Miss plus her last name.
In the United States, there is another title which is used by women who
feel that their age and marital status does not need to be part of their
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