making social plans in English

8 great phrases for making social plans in English

Today’s conversation focuses on making social plans in English and it will give you some common useful phrases to use in everyday conversation.


Quickly read the conversation in my photo and decide what type of plan the friends are making (a surprise party plan, a weekend plan, a holiday plan….)

great phrases for making social plans

Now read it again and answer the questions

  • What is the first suggestion?
  • Why doesn’t her friend want to do that?
  • What do they decide to do instead?
  • Why is this a good decision?
  • When are they going to meet?


Spend some time looking at the useful phrases taken from the conversation. Can you understand the meanings and uses? These phrases are very common in real English. Now try to complete the gaps below without looking at the photo

  • What a____ y____ u____ t____ next weekend?
  • Do y____ f____ meeting for lunch?
  • I can relax tonight because I____ a____ done my homework!
  • You should go to Bangkok. The market is definitely w____ seeing!
  • If you don’t want to get an Indian takeaway, h____ a____ Chinese food i____?
  • Let’s go and see the new Jason Bourne film. I____ h____ it’s really good.
  • I’m starting piano lessons next week. I____ a____ w____ t____ learn how to play so I’m really excited.
  • I think we need some time off work. I’ll get on the internet this weekend and I____ b____ u____ a relaxing holiday.

Check your answers against the photo – Did you make any mistakes?


Find a friend, flatmate or family member to practise the conversation from exercise 1 with. One person is a) and one person is b). Keep going until you can do it without the photo! Extra challenge – When it’s perfect, swap roles or change the plans. You can also try recording yourself on your mobile phone to hear your pronunciation!



What type of thing do you usually invite your friends to do? Which of these phrases do you like for making social plans? Scroll down and leave me a comment below to let me know 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

2 thoughts on “8 great phrases for making social plans in English

  1. Hi,Nicki. I am Kalinka from Bulgaria and i like your lessons very much. Thanks for efforts to explain details so clearly. I can make a difference with other teachers and appreciate all you do for us.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Thank you so much for you lovely comment Kalinka! Responses like that really make my job worthwhile 🙂 I’m really pleased you are enjoying the lessons. Keep up the hard work!
      PS I have never taught anyone from Bulgaria before, nice to ‘meet’ you!

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