Common Phrases (1)
 
Conversation Control Phrases Communication in the hospital Conversational Interaction Communication
All I'm trying to say is
As I was saying
"Boy, I'm glad you called"
But guess what
Can I talk to you?
Change the subject
Could you repeat what you said
Did you understand?
Didn't you know that?
Do you know what he did?
Do you understand what I mean
Explain that to me
Guess what I've got
Haven't I met you before?
How about you?
How about you?
How are things going for you?
How come?
I don't understand your question
I don't want to interrupt
I forgot to mention
I have a great idea
I have news
I have to go
I just remembered
I know why
I need to explain
I really like to talk about it
I should explain
I want to know
I want to show you something
I want to talk to you about
I was just curious
I was just wondering
I was saying
I will see you
I'd better get going
I'd better go
I'll have to think of a few more questions
I'll let you know
I'll see you around
I'm curious about
I'm really glad you dropped by
I've got an idea
Is it a deal?
Is that okay?
Just one comment
Just one more thing
Let me answer
Let me tell you
Let me tell you about it
Let me tell you what I did
Let me tell you why
Let's see now
Listen to me
Over and out
Please don't interrupt
See you later
Tell me about it
Thanks for telling me
That's all I have to say
That's all that's happening
there was something else I was going to ask you
What are you going to do today?
What are you talking about?
What are you trying to tell me
What did she say?
What do you think
What do you think about that?
What happened?
What is it now?
What were you about to tell me?
What's up?
What's wrong?
Will I see you later?
You are not going to believe this
You don't have to go
You know something?
You know what I don't understand
You know what I think
Come right back please
Let me tell you why I was upset
Requests for assistance 
suction
pain
change position 
bed
chair
up
down
left
right
turn
wipe
bedpan
urinal
medicine
call family
call nurse
Expression of feelings
angry
tired
sick
OK
good
better
worse
mad
fed up
lonely
worried
Body parts
leg
arm
head
stomach
foot
back
Physical state
hot
cold
hungry
thirsty
A. Initiations of subject/topic
What do you think about?
Tell me about?
I've been think about?
Did you know that?
Did you see?
I would like to?
I think that?
I've been meaning to tell you
By the way
I'd rather
Someday I want to
Topic continuations
And then...
Keep going.
Right.
Oh yeah.
Feedback to encourage and discourage comments
I agree.
That's right.
I don't doubt that.
I'm sure that's right.
You're right about that.
You're kidding.
I don't agree.
Do you really think so?
I don't think so.
I doubt that.
I'm not so sure.
Who said so?
You're wrong about that.
How do ya' know?
You missed the boat.
Communication repairs/corrections
What do you mean?
You misunderstood.
Wait, let me rephrase that.
No, I meant something else.
I don't understand.
Excuse me for interrupting.
Just a minute, let me think about that.
That's not what I meant.
No, no, no.
What did you say?
Say that again, I missed it.
I get it.
I don't get it.
Who are you talking about?
Huh?
Ah, now I see.
I'm going to start over.
Disagreements/agreements
I agree.
That's right.
I don't doubt that.
I'm sure that's right.
You're right about that.
You're kidding.
I don't agree.
Do you really think so?
I doubt that.
I'm not so sure.
Who said so?
You're wrong about that.
How do you know?
I don't think so.
That's true.
That's a possibility.