Spoken English: 20 phrases for giving compliments

April 28, 2022 ...

Human conversations require social dynamics. To communicate in English, we learn different English phrases and expressions. Among these, compliments in English play an important part and we use these every now and then.

We praise others if they do something good and receive praises as well, for being good or doing good. These praises or admirations are called compliments or compliment phrases, and it is very important to know them to improve your Spoken English skills.

Why do we give compliments?

We’ve all experienced the joy of receiving a compliment in our lives. But did you realize that offering a sincere compliment can make you happier and even benefit your health? According to research, when we do anything nice for someone, our brain release oxytocin, also known as the “hug hormone” that makes people feel incredibly wonderful.

Positive comments or praises are one of the simplest two-way communications accessible for spreading happiness and boosting your own. The more compliments you give, the better you will feel. So, undoubtedly, one of the simplest ways to show kindness is to give someone a genuine compliment!

Giving somebody a genuine compliment can brighten their day or make them feel really wonderful, as a highly positive moment in their day. Effective compliment phrases are used to speak English fluently as well.

Here are a few spoken English expressions for complimenting people in various contexts.

Complimenting someone for their clothes or appearance

Complimenting someone for their clothes or appearance might seem problematic to some people but if you do it in a good way, they will feel good about themselves. For example:

  • You look stunning/amazing!
Spoken English: Compliment in English
Source: The House of Wellness

This phrase is used for special occasions. For example, when you compliment the bride or groom on their wedding day.

  • What a lovely earring/necklace!

When you compliment a person on their earring, shoes, haircut, or any other small aspects that people don’t usually notice, they will feel very good knowing that you noticed.

  • I love your shirt, where’d you get it?
  • Nice pair of shoes! Are they new?
  • You look great in blue or This colour looks great on you.
  • I like your new haircut.

But it’s better to avoid complimenting someone’s clothes or appearance in business meetings or interactions.

Complimenting someone’s cooking

  • You are a fantastic cook!
  • This dish is very tasty/delicious.
  • Did you make it from scratch? It’s awesome.

Here, you are asking whether the chef made it using their own/basic ingredients than any ready-made food.

  • My compliments to the chef!

Here, the chef doesn’t necessarily mean the profession, but rather the person who cooked the food. You can use this phrase when you are done eating.

  • The food is out of the world!

Here, “out of the world” means too good, exceptionally great, or wonderful.

Complimenting someone’s home

  •  What a nice house!

Use this phrase to compliment the whole house. Its interior and exterior design.

  •  You have a beautiful home.
  •  Where did you get that lovely furniture?

You are showing genuine interest in their choice of selecting a specific piece of furniture.

  •   I love the interior design. Did you do it yourself?

  You can also say “decor” instead of “interior design.” Both carry the same meaning.

Complimenting their personal traits

These compliments recognize the various characteristics the person possesses.

  • You are an empathetic listener.

“Empathetic” means to understand or share the feelings of others. This is a great compliment for anyone because it’s hard to find empathetic listeners nowadays.

  • I admire your sense of style.

 When you want to admire the dressing sense of someone, use this phrase to compliment him/her.

Complimenting personal traits
Source: Verywell Mind
  •  That’s very brave of you. You are strong.
  • You have a very charismatic personality.

A person with a charismatic personality will attract, influence, and inspire people through their personal traits and qualities. You can also say charming or appealing, which will carry a similar meaning.

  • Your kindness is healing everyone who comes into contact with it.

Complimenting someone for their personal traits will make them feel uplifted as well as motivated to do better in the coming days. You will get inspired by them too.

So start complimenting others now and see how good it leaves you feeling. If you choose one of the aforementioned compliment phrases, make sure to modify it so that it actually expresses what you admire about the person you are complementing.

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