October 6, 2018

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.
    12 Conversation Connectors in English
  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. If you have ever heard of Bryce Canyon National Park or Kodachrome Basin State Park, these are at the southern end of the route, while Capitol Reef National Park is at the northern end. The photos below are from the author's travels on byway 12, one of the most inspirational landscapes! 

Driving through Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Driving through Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Scenes of Scenic Byway 12, Utah
Scenes of Scenic Byway 12, Utah
Camping in Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah
Camping in Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

Jennifer Kumar, Author, cycling on byway 12 near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Jennifer Kumar, Author, cycling on byway 12
near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah


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


Jennifer Kumar, author builds cultural context on virtual teams. Jennifer is in Utah. If your team is working with Utahns or Utah based companies, let us be your bridge. Or, if you are visiting Utah and want help with fun, off the beaten path kind of things to do, we can help with that, too! Contact us for to see how we can work together. 

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

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