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Vital English words and phrases -  English grammar

English to survive with

On this page:  25 vital words 25 vital phrases
Survival English,
Here are 25 of the most important and useful words to know in English, and 25 vital phrases to learn for anyone who plans to travel to a place where people speak English.

25 vital words or expressions for travellers needing to speak some English
Simplified phonetic transcriptions are given in brackets after each expression
  1. Please [pleeze] 
  2. I am  [ay amm] 
  3. I'm looking for [aym luking for]
  4. I want [ay wont]
  5. A hotel [eu ho-tell]
  6. A room [eu rum]  
  7. to eat  [tu eet]  
  8. To drink [tu drink]
  9. To pay [tu pei]
  10. To buy  [tu by] 
  11. Breakfast [brek - fust] 
  12. Dinner [dinneu] -
  13. A beer [eu bee-er] 
  14. A glass  [eu glaas]  -
  15. Some water  [seum wor-teur] 
  16. A coffee [eu kofi]
  17. The toilet [theu toy-let] 
  18. Price [priess] 
  19. Credit card [kredit caard]
  20. A bank [eu bank
  21. The shops [theu shops] 
  22. A supermarket [eu soopeu-mark-it]
  23. The train station  [theu trayn stay-shun] 
  24. The airport [thee aer-port]
  25. A car  [eu karr] 
And 25 most useful English phrases  or short sentences
[Sometimes incorporating essential words from the list above]
  1. Hello.[hal-lo]
  2. Thankyou  or Thanks  [thank-yu  or  thanks] 
  3. Goodbye.  [gud-bai] 
  4. I don't understand  [ai deunt undeu-stand]
  5. I don't speak English. [ai deunt speek ing-glish] 
  6. Please can you speak more slowly [pleez kann yu speek mor sleu-li] 
  7. Please can you repeat that [pleez kan yu ripeet that] 
  8. Please, I'm looking for……  [pleez  aym luk-ing for ] 
  9. Do you have…  [doo yoo hav
  10. Do you have a room for two people ? [doo yoo hav  eu rum feu too pee-pul
  11. What time does it close ? [wot taym duz it cleuz] 
  12. How much does it cost ?  [hau mutch duz it kost] 
  13. Where are the toilets, please ?  [wear ar theu toy-lets] 
  14. Please can you tell me where I can find a restaurant ? [pleez kan yu tel mi wear ai kan faind eu rest-ron]
  15. A black coffee please, and a cup of tea. [eu blak kofi eund eu kupp euv tee] 
  16. Can I have the bill please. [ kan ai hav theu bill pleez] 
  17. To the airport, please. [tu thee aer-port, pleez] 
  18. I want a table for two people  / for four people. [ai wont eu tay-bul feu too peepl / feu for peepl] 
  19. I'm not feeling very well.   [aym not feeling veri wel
  20. We're lost.  [weeur lost] 
  21. We want to go to   [ wee wont teu go too]
  22. I'm looking for a cash-machine / an ATM.    [aym luk-ing feur eu kash-meu-sheen] 
  23. Please could you call a taxi for me;   [pleez kud yu korl eu taxi feur mee
  24. We are in a hurry / we are late.  [weeur in eu huri / weeur layt] 
  25. What is the weather going to be like tomorrow?    [wots the wedheu geu-ing tu bee laik teu-mor-ro] 
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