April 4, 2015

A Dozen Conversation Connectors in English

Do you ever feel your English is dry? The sentences you say seem disconnected or disjointed? Unable to connect your thoughts with phrases that continue the the conversation in a fluid way? 

Let's take a look at some common conversation connectors in English. These are common in American English, but most may be universal if not idiomatic. 

  1. I'm not joking when I say 
  2. ...and that goes for (......) as well 
  3. like i said.... 
  4. and to make matters worse.... 
  5. That's a great question 
  6. That's a great point 
  7. having said that.... 
  8. I think you'd agree with me when I say... 
  9. I hate to say it but... 
  10. it goes without saying... 
  11. getting back to the topic at hand 
  12. as a disclaimer  

In future posts, I'll share examples of how to use each phrase. As the list builds, I'll link examples from this post. 

Feel free to share examples of other conversational connectors you use, or examples of how you have used these in the context of some other conversation. 

As a fun fact, the image in this post is a road sign for route 12 in Utah, one of the most scenic routes in the US. Check out some photos here

Having said that, let's wrap up this post! Until next time, connect, connect, connect!

Jennifer Kumar helps your Indian offshore team members and expat non-native English speaking counterparts understand American business culture and language use for more effective and professional interactions at work. Contact us for virtual coaching options for US based employees. 

Related Posts: 
More idioms and phrases said by Americans 
Making Small Talk with Americans  
Sound Confident in English 

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