10 Most Useful Words in English

Every language has their lists of important words. English is no different. But this time, instead of using common words, we’ll use “idioms”, which are so prevalent in English.

This List of commonly used idioms (in everyday conversational English) can help to speak English like a “native”. This list contains 10 of the most commonly used idioms. We added two extra idioms at the end as a bonus. Try to use this idioms as part of your English vocabulary from now on.

Take it easy

Good-bye and be careful.

Mary: Bye-bye. Bill: See you, Mary. Take it easy. Sue: Take it easy, Tom. Tom: Bye, Sue. See you soon.

Be gentle.; Treat someone carefully.

Sue: Then I want you to move the piano and turn all the mattresses. Andy: Come on. Take it easy! I’m not made of steel, you know. Henry: Oh, I’m pooped. Alice: You just need a little rest and you’ll feel as good as new. Just take it easy.

Get the ball rolling

to get a process started. (See also keep the ball rolling)

If I could just get the ball rolling, then other people would help. Who else would start the ball rolling? I had the ball rolling, but no one helped me with the project.

Twenty four seven

In commerce and industry, a 24/7 service is a service that is available regardless of time or day, as might be offered by a supermarket, convenience store, ATM, automated online assistant, filling station, restaurant, concierge services or a manned computer data facility. Call centers may have representatives available 24/7; in some cases employees based in one continent and time zone provide services to customers in another during its night hours. A 24/7/52 service is available year-round.

Sleep on it

to not make an immediate decision about a plan or idea, but to wait until the next day in order to have more time to think about it.

You don’t have to give me your decision now. Sleep on it, and let me know tomorrow.

I’m broke

The state of having no, or very little money.

I am broke, so I am not of the state of being able to play one or more of multiple pleasurable games at the local arcade.

Like the back of my hand

To know something very well.

I’ve been to Paris 10 times. I know it like the back of my hand.

Give me a hand

To help someone.

Please give me a hand. This table is too heavy and I can’t move on my own.

In ages

In a long time.

I haven’t seen Bill in ages. I think the last time I saw him was 15 years ago.

Add insult to injury

To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.

We have already lost a lot of money, let’s not add insult to injury.

An arm and a leg.

Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.

This new coast costs an arm and a leg. No way I will buy it.

Piece of cake

A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.

The test was so easy, what a piece of cake it was.

Your guess is as good as mine

I don’t know any more than you do. 

When will he arrive? Your guess is as good as mine.