How to praise in English


Surely, if you did not learn English on your own, that is, with a tutor or in a group, you could hear expressions like well done or good job or right you are from your teacher . With their help, you were praised for the correct answer or the work done. But today in modern English there are other equally interesting idioms and expressions in order to praise or support someone.

Colloquial phrases for praise

So, how do you say "that's it! what you need!"

  • (that's the) way to go!
  • that's the card
  • that's the cheese
  • that's the shot
  • that's the spirit
  • that's the stuff

Traditional words of praise

If you are not a fan of spoken English, then you can stick to more traditional expressions.

  • Excellent! - Fine!
  • Perfect! - Perfect!
  • Brilliant! - Brilliant!
  • Fantastic! - Fantastic!
  • Magnificent! - Fabulous!
  • superb! - Excellent!
  • You're doing great! - You're doing great!

If you do not want to seem too emotional, then you can choose more restrained praise options:

  • Very good! - Very well!
  • That's right.
  • That's it. - That's what you need.
  • Yes, you've got it. - Yes, you did it.

Words of support and encouraging phrases

If something is not working out very well yet, then you can use expressions of support, cheer:

  • Keep going. - Continue.
  • Don't give up. - Do not give up.
  • You can do it! - You can.
  • You are nearly there. You are almost there. You are getting there. - All three options mean: almost succeeded.
  • Nice try. - Nice try.
  • Good try, but not quite right. Nice try, but not quite right.
  • Have another go, I'm sure you'll do better. Try again: I'm sure you can do better.
  • That's almost it. You've almost got it. - Both options mean: almost succeeded.
  • Go on. Have another try. - Try again.
  • That is nearly perfect. - Almost perfect.
  • The third time is the charm. - The third time - a diamond.
  • Better luck next time. - Better luck next time.
  • Don't worry about it. - Do not worry.