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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


How to show concern or wish someone well.

It is sometimes difficult to find the words to express concern for others or to wish them well.
Here are some common phrases and expressions to help you.

  •  EXPRESSING CONCERN: enquiring about someone and offering help 

    • Are you all right? / Are you ok?
    • How are things? / How are you getting on?
    • How have you been keeping?
    • What’s the matter? What’s up?
    • You look a bit off-colour. Are you feeling alright?
    • You look worried. Is everything ok?
    • Why such a sad face? Is there something wrong?
    • Why the long face? Bad news? Do you want to talk about it?
    • You look upset. Has something happened?
    • You look a bit down. What's the matter?
    • Is there anything I can do?
    • Can I help in any way?
    • Do you need a shoulder to cry on?
    • Come and have a drink. You look like you could do with one.

  • GET WELL SOON: other ways of wishing someone well 

    • I hope you’ll feel better/feel well again very soon.
    • Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    • Warmest wishes for a quick recovery.
    • Our warmest thoughts are with you as you recover from your accident.
    • You are in in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a quick recovery.
    • I hope it won’t be long before you’re on your feet again.
    • I hope you have a swift recovery and start feeling better very soon.
    • We pray you return to full health very soon.
    • Hope you feel a little better every day.
    • Hope you’ll be back to your old self in no time.
    • Hope it won’t be long before you’re out of hospital.
    • Hope it helps to know that we’re all thinking of you.
    • We all miss you and wish you a speedy recovery.
    • Take extra good care of yourself until you make a complete recovery.
    • Sorry to hear you’re not well. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
    • Really sorry to hear of your illness. Hope your recovery will be a speedy one.
    • Wishing you a super fast recovery. Life isn’t the same without you!
    • We wish you a speedy recovery. If you need anything, just let us know.

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