Why, thank you! How to give and accept a compliment (and not to sound awkward in the process). by Inglés con Julie - Profesora de inglés en Majadahonda

Why, thank you! How to give and accept a compliment (and not to sound awkward in the process).




In class this week, we are talking about how to give and accept a compliment. This can be a tricky exchange in English (or in any language). Here are some amazing resources to help you.


English with Kim provides an amazing step-by-step guide to help you with useful expressions. She offers these steps:

  1. Be appreciative
  2. Tell them that their opinion matters
  3. Give credit where it is due – to your hard work or to someone who supported you
  4. Mention a positive next step
  5. Recognize people who have supported you
  6. Take the opportunity to invite more feedback or conversation

This is a great quick reference or study guide to help you practice some useful phrases.

Speaking of useful phrases, Peptalk offers 90 useful phrases when giving a compliment. Some include:



  • Ms. Hima, may I be so bold as to compliment you on your dress?
  • May I pay you a compliment Jane? You really look fantastic today.
  • I hope you don’t mind, but I just had to say how wonderful you look today.



  • You look great.
  • You look phenomenal.
  • You look nice.
  • You look amazing!
  • The dress looks stunning.
  • What a lovely necklace!
  • I like your shirt – where did you get it?
  • I love your new shoes.
  • You look very good in that suit.
  • This tie looks nice on you.
  • That color looks great on you.
  • You look very handsome.
  • You’re looking very beautiful today.
  • I like your new haircut.
  • You have a lovely voice.
  • Wow, you look hot!
  • Reshmi, what a beautiful dress!
  • Cool glasses, totally suit you.
  • I really love your haircut. It makes you look like a movie star.

Peptalk has organized their examples according to context. The Free Dictionary also provides a great resource for compliments according to situation. Here is a sample:

You can accept compliments with several different expressions.

  • Oh, thanks!
  • It's very nice of you to say so.
  • I'm glad you think so.
  • You can also respond by saying how old it is, or how or where you got it.
  • 'That's a nice top.' – 'Haven't you seen this before? I've had it for years.'
  • 'That's a nice piece of jewellery.' – 'Yeah, my husband bought it for me.'
  • If someone compliments you on your skill, you can say something modest that implies that what you did was not very difficult or skilful.
  • Oh, there's nothing to it.
  • 'Terrific job.' – 'Well, I don't know about that'.
  • When someone congratulates you, you usually say 'Thanks' or 'Thank you'.
  • 'Congratulations on publication.' – 'Thanks very much.'
  • 'Congratulations to both of you.' – 'Thank you.'


For teachers, this is a great lesson plan for teaching how to give and accept compliments: https://blog.esllibrary.com/2016/03/01/how-to-give-a-compliment/

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