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24 Sep 2015

30 Phrases for Encouraging Someone in English.

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To celebrate 30 years of Helen Doron English, we are featuring a series of blog posts, each with a list of 30 helpful tools for parents and teachers to use and share. This week’s post features 30 tips for encouraging someone in English.

Phrases to use when someone hasn’t started yet.

You can say these phrases to someone who’s trying to decide whether to do something that seems difficult or risky:

  • Give it a try.
  • Go for it.
  • Why not?
  • It’s worth a shot.
  • What are you waiting for?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • You might as well.
  • Just do it.

Phrases to use when someone is already doing well

You can “encourage” someone to continue doing what they were already doing:

  • There you go!
  • Keep up the good work.
  • Keep it up.
  • Good job.
  • I’m so proud of you!

Phrases to use when someone is having trouble

These phrases are ways to tell someone to keep trying:

  • Hang in there.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Keep pushing.
  • Keep fighting!
  • Stay strong.
  • Never give up.
  • Never say ‘die’.
  • Come on! You can do it!.

Phrases to use when someone is facing a hard decision

These phrases are ways to tell someone to keep trying:

  • I’ll support you either way.
  • I’m behind you 100%.
  • It’s totally up to you..
  • It’s your call.

Phrases to inspire people

You wouldn’t use these phrases often in regular conversation, but in writing or speeches they sound very inspirational:

  • Follow your dreams.
  • Reach for the stars.
  • Do the impossible.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • The sky is the limit.


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