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Several expressions of congratulating, complimenting, and thanking:

Congratulation ] is an expression that we use to give the congratulation utterance when he/she succeeds in doing something.


·           Congratulations!

·           Congratulations on your success!

·           Happy birthday!

·           Happy Lebaran Day/Happy led!

·           Merry Christmas!

·           Happy New Year!

·           Happy Valentine!

·           Happy anniversary!

Compliment ] is an expression that we show or say to express/give praise. Some people use compliments to “butter up” somebody or to flatter in order to increase good will, for example:

Ø    on his/her general appearance

Ø    if you notice something new about the person’s appearance

Ø    when you visit someone’s house for the first time

Ø    when other people do their best


·           What a nice dress!

·           You look great.

·           You look very nice/beautiful/handsome.

·           I really must express my admiration for your dance.

·           Good grades!

·           Excellent!

·           Nice work!

·           Good job!

Gratitude ] is an expression that we show or say to express grateful feeling to other people. When speaking English, you say “thanks” very often. Please say “thank you” when people give you something, help you do something, wish you something and give you a compliment etc.


·           Thank you very much

·           Thank you for your help

·           I’m really very grateful to you

·           You’re welcome

·           Don’t mention it

·           It’s a pleasure / My pleasure

·           I want to express my gratitude to (my teacher, my father, etc)

·           I am grateful to your help


ø  To express surprise or disbelief:

ï    What a surprise! That’s a surprise!

ï    (Well), that’s very surprising!

ï    Really?

ï    What?

ï    Are you serious? You must be joking!

ï    You’re kidding!

ï    Fancy that!

ï    I must say … surprises me.

ï    I find that hard to believe.

Example of expressing  surprise:

A: How can you say that?

B: Well, that’s the fact.

Example of expressing  surprise:

A: I can’t believe it!

B: That’s true.

When you got a surprising fact, you can say:

¨        Do you know what?

¨        Believe it or not?

¨        You may not believe it, but …

¨        Can you believe this?

You can respond to the surprising fact using these expressions:

¨        Really?

¨        Are you joking?

¨        Oh?

¨        Where? Show me.

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