Most English people love giving compliments! It’s an easy way to make your friends feel good about themselves and it can be a nice way to start an English conversation too.
We tend to talk about someone’s overall appearance or their clothes. (Anything too specific about features sounds more like a chat-up line!)
Have a look at the common compliments below:
You look well. Have you been on holiday?
You look well. Have you lost weight?
I like your bag. Where did you get it?
Those glasses really suit you. Are they new?
Did you notice the structure of a nice compliment in English?:
Mention overall appearance + question
Mention clothes/accessories + question
Using that structure means you make the other person smile and a conversation begins.
YOUR TURN – Try to fill in the gaps without looking at my compliments above!
You l_______ w_______. Have you b_______ o_______ h_______?
You l_______ w_______. Have you l_______ w_______?
I l_______ your bag. Where d_______ y_______ g_______ i_______?
Those glasses r_______ s_______ you. Are they n_______?
One thing to watch out for is the pronunciation of suit. It’s pronounced /suːt/ so it rhymes with boot.
Now, with compliments, your intonation is really important. You don’t want to sound flat and monotone (like a robot!) so you need to sound positive and sincere. Listen to my compliments.
Can you see what I mean? It’s almost like I’m smiling when I say it.
YOUR TURN – Try to repeat the compliments with similar intonation. You can practise on a friend or in the mirror 🙂
By the way, do you know what the other vocabulary in bold in this post means? Add any useful words or phrases to your notebook!
So I have a question for you: Is it common to give compliments in YOUR country? What type of thing do you normally say? Leave me a comment at the very bottom of this page please because I’d love to hear your thoughts and it’s a great way for you to practise writing in English 🙂