Only 7% of Americans Can Pass This English as a Second Language Exam

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True or False: When in the workplace, you should tell people that you’re learning English.

It’s true that when you’re learning English, you should feel free to tell people in the workplace. They will almost always be understanding.

Hi, Robert. Nice to meet _____.

“Hi, Robert. Nice to meet you.” This is the way that you would greet someone that you just met.

Please speak _____. I’m still learning English.

“Please speak slowly. I’m still learning English.” This is a great thing to say in the workplace.

Sally, it is a _____ to meet you.

“Sally, it is a pleasure to meet you.” This is a great way to greet someone that you have just met.

I work in the accounting ______ of the office.

“I work in the accounting department of the office.” You can also insert any department you work for, such as science, health, sanitation, hospitality, etc.

At 8 am, you say, “Good ______.”

At 8 am, you say, "Good morning.” This is the customary greeting that you use before noon.

At 2 pm, you say, "Good ______.”

At 2 pm, you say, "Good afternoon.” Finally, at night, you say, “good evening.”

How are _____?

“How are you?” This is a standard way of asking someone how they’re doing.

_____ was your weekend?

“How was your weekend?” This is a common way of asking someone if they had a good time over the weekend.

I’m ____ fine, thanks.

“I’m doing fine, thanks.” This is a way of responding when someone says, “How are you doing?”

See you _____.

Both “See you later” and “See you tomorrow” are appropriate. You can also say, “See you soon.”

When leaving a dinner party, you say ______.

When leaving a dinner party, you can either say “goodnight” or “goodbye.” If it is a hosted dinner party, then be sure to say, “thank you.”

Have a _____ day.

“Have a nice day” is a way of saying goodbye to someone, and also a way of wishing someone a good day. You can also say, “Have a good weekend.”

Where can I ______ the bathroom?

“Where can I find the bathroom?” This is a common way of asking where the bathroom is. You can also ask, “Where is the restroom?”

Where ____ I meet you?

All three of these can be used when asking where to meet someone. The most common is “Where should I meet you?”

What is the name of the afternoon meal?

Lunch is the English name for the afternoon meal. For busy workers, this often means a sandwich and chips. That’s pretty standard.

What is "small talk"?

Small talk is light conversation. You can talk about the weather, about food, or anything that isn’t too serious. It helps to pass the time.

I love your shoes. Where did you ____ them?

“I love your shoes. Where did you get them?” This is a common way of admiring something that someone else has.

It ____ so cold today!

“It is so cold today!” You can also say, “It’s so hot today!”

When asking someone what job they have, you say, “What do you ____?”

When asking someone about their job, you ask, “What do you do?” You could also say, “What do you do for a living?”

How ____ have you been working here?

“How long have you been working here?” This is a way of asking someone how many years they have been at their job.

We should get coffee ______.

“We should get coffee sometime.” This is a nice way to meet someone you like while expressing that you’d like to spend time with them again.

Let’s ____ lunch.

You can either say, “Let’s grab lunch” or “Let’s have lunch.” This is an informal way for friends to spend time together.

What are you ____ for dinner?

It may seem confusing, but all of these can work. There are just some subtle differences between the three.

I’ll have what she’s _____.

When at the restaurant and your friend orders something nice, you can say, “I’ll have what she’s having.” That means that you want what they ordered.

Do you need a _____?

You can either say, “Do you need a ride?” or “Do you need a lift?” This is when you see someone stranded without a car.

Thanks, I ______ it.

“Thanks, I appreciate it.” This is a common way of thanking someone for something that they did.

No thank you, I’m _____.

“No thank you, I’m good” or “No thank you, I’m fine” are both ways of saying that you don’t need someone’s help. “Thanks for the offer,” you can add.

Do you have a ______?

“Do you have a moment?” This is something that you would say when trying to get someone’s attention to ask them a question.

Can I ____ you?

“Can I help you?” This is something that you would say at work when it seems like a customer has a question.

When you bump into someone, you say, “_____ me.”

The common apology for bumping into someone is “excuse me.” You can also say, “pardon me.”

When someone sneezes, it’s common to say, “_____ you.”

“Bless you” is a common reply when you hear someone sneeze. You might also hear “Gesundheit!”

I’m sorry, I don’t ______.

“I’m sorry, I don’t understand.” This a great phrase to use when someone speaks too fast or you can’t understand their meaning.

Could you ____ me?

“Could you help me?” This is a great phrase to use when you’re confused and you need help.

What ____ is it?

“What time is it?” This is the traditional way of asking someone what time of day it is.

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Learning any new language is tough, but English can be particularly tricky. If you’re learning to speak it for the first time, congratulations! In this quiz, we’re going to test your basic knowledge and keep you motivated.

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