Everything You Need to Know to Complain in English

by | May 24, 2017 | 16 comments

Has any of this happened to you? You order a gift for a friend but they shipment is two weeks late and you don’t have your gift.Or you had an important lunch with a new client you wanted to impress but the restaurant served your food cold. Your client wasn’t happy. And neither were you. Or maybe you planned the perfect vacation but the airline canceled your flight. Now you’re going to miss a great tour you had organized for the next day. All this means you might have to complain in English!

You might need to make a complaint to someone so they can fix the problem. In these situations, we use special words and language in English to help us be polite but still complain effectively.

Other times, you may want to complain just because. You aren’t looking for a solution. You just want to talk about it. For example, maybe you want to share your terrible day with your best friend. In that situation you don’t need to be polite.

In this week’s Confident English lesson, you’re going to learn:

  • 4 polite, diplomatic ways to complain in professional situations (plus a useful tip about how native speakers complain)
  • 4 informal, not-so-polite ways to complain in English when talking with friends and family members

Now, when bad things happen, you’ll know exactly how to complain about it in English.

Everything you need to know so you can complain in English.

Lesson by Annemarie

After you’ve watched the video, here’s what I want you to do: practice complaining!

Share with me your complaints about something at work or something that made you feel frustrated. Try using one of the new expressions from the lesson.

The best place to get practice and feedback from me is in the comments, below the video in the lesson. I look forward to seeing how you use these daily English expressions!

I hope today is a great day (without anything to complain about)!


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