How to pay a compliment

Learn some words and phrases to pay or accept compliments.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.


Man: Good morning!

Woman: Morning!

Man: By the way, I just wanted to say well done on clinching that deal!

Woman: Oh, thanks. It wasn't too difficult.

Man: You're being modest! You did really well.

Woman: Thank you.

Man: You're a great manager, you know.

Woman: Do you think so?

Man: Oh, yeah.

Woman: I appreciate that.


Man: Have you cut your hair?

Woman: Oh yes, I did, actually. Thanks for noticing!

Man: Where did you get it done?

Woman: Oh, just that place on the high street.

Man: They did a great job and it looks great with the outfit.

Woman: Do you think so?

Man: Oh yeah. Very fashionable.

Woman: Oh, it's just an old thing.

Man: Well, you've got a great sense of style.

Woman: Thank you, you too.

Man: Thank you.


Man: Nice perfume, too. Is that Dream?

Woman: Well, yes, it is, actually.

Man: You wear it well.

Woman: I'm flattered.

Man: My pleasure.

Woman: Listen, do you want something?

Man: No. I'm just being polite, you know.

Woman: Hmmm.


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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Soumis par Jack Milgram le lun 08/02/2021 - 08:05

Oh, I'm actually quite good at complimenting others. But I hate that I'm lack words when getting compliments. I'm just standing as a complete idiot.

Soumis par parisaach le sam 24/08/2019 - 07:57

personaly, I am not good at complimenting other people and I really don't enjoy when some one complimenting me when they don't believe in what they say. Actually I'm not much flattered when some one specially a stranger admire me or compliment about my outfit, my appereance, etc. I can't say I don't affected when somebody say possitive words to me, actually words have influance on people, but I really don't care if a stranger love me or hate me, though about friends and family it is really important and I would be happy to know they love me and my appereance, etc. In my country some people really exagerate in complimenting and admiring other people specially those who can help them, like their boss, their barber, their teacher. I think complimenting other people is good when you like some one's outfit, haircut, hair color it is good to say that it can make them happy .
Yeah... as you say, I think there're positive complimenting and negative complimenting. The latter is used to take advantage of someone or to deal with an annoying or demanding person; the former is used to just tell someone's good points from different views. :)

Soumis par Rafaela1 le lun 29/04/2019 - 13:13

I like this video! everybody☆⌒(*^-゚)b(゚∇^d)(b^ー゚)d(゚ー゚@)♪good

Soumis par Kashif Anwar le sam 27/04/2019 - 13:06

Its fun listening and doing the exercise. Missed few points in listening but found the transcript useful

Soumis par Rafaela1 le sam 09/03/2019 - 12:39

Want a compliment? 。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆ very d(*⌒▽⌒*)b good 。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆

Soumis par Rafaela1 le sam 09/03/2019 - 12:38

Well, I found a boy, beautiful and sweet Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me d(-_^)good!! Ed

Soumis par elnaz le ven 08/03/2019 - 14:10

Hello everyone To me, we should observe our words both in compliment and blam.

Soumis par Rafaela1 le lun 14/01/2019 - 14:19

As just complement, I used to be easy to accept compliment. Now, don't flatter me, I'm nothing...! (´-`).。oO(I wish I could.....)

Soumis par Vienna2018 le dim 13/01/2019 - 19:17

Dear Bristishcouncil! What a great video activity! It helps me to learn vocabulary and also listening. Thank so much for providing us a such of useful website, especially for free. I also have a question. When we say ' I am flattered' that means we are pleased about somebody's compliment which given to us or when we feel that that compliment seems too much and insincerely? like the woman in the video when she asked the man 'Look, do you want something?' Thank you

Hello Vienna2018,

I'm glad you liked the video!

When a person says 'I'm flattered' they mean that the other person has said something nice about them. It does not imply any dishonesty. We often say it to thank another person for a compliment or positive comment.

However, 'flattery' is the attempt to manipulate a person's feelings by saying nice things. The things may be true or not, but the intention is to make the person well-disposed towards the speaker. When a person says 'Are you trying to flatter me?' they mean that they suspect the other person of this kind of manipulation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par bellatambunan le ven 07/09/2018 - 02:47

Hi everyone. I like when someone gives me a compliment. It's fun to know that you good at something from others especially someone you really care of. And I also like to give compliments to other when they deserve it. It feels good when you see the smile and pride on their face. So the person who compliments and the person who is complimented on, both are satisfied.

Soumis par Rafaela1 le jeu 23/08/2018 - 14:11

Perhaps, it makes everybody feel better! But when someone pays me a compliment, I become a bit suspicious!

Soumis par Rinchik le mer 06/12/2017 - 16:56

Hello everybody! I don’t find it’s difficult to pay a compliment to someone deservedly. And I feel we should do such things. I’m pleased to get a compliment if it is sincere without any exaggeration although I get blushed.

Soumis par Petertin17 le dim 19/11/2017 - 16:17

Hi everyone! I think compliment is good for our life. It get more motivation in the life.Furthermore, the compliment make our effective in work, but it also bring complacent If who is too depend on it.

Soumis par Haydee 2017 le jeu 28/09/2017 - 08:01

I love this video, really useful! It''s wonderful to learn natural expressions and vocabulary to pay compliments. I enjoy paying compliments to someone else everyday.

Soumis par Maria Felix le sam 23/09/2017 - 03:23

It's a good video that shows us how to complement someone or what to say when a complement

Soumis par karikalan le ven 26/05/2017 - 23:06

This video is fulfilling its function adequately.

Soumis par rosaflima le jeu 11/05/2017 - 02:40

Hi every body, I really like when a receive a compliment .It means i'm doing the right thing, and it's really good. The video is excellent .It's a great way to memorize the words .

Soumis par cittàutopica le lun 03/04/2017 - 19:17

I enjoy paying someone a compliment, but I'm sincere and, for this reason, I pay someone a compliment only when I really feel like. When I sometimes happen to receive a compliment, I'm imbarassed and I try to underplay. I think that this video activity is very useful.

Soumis par CHN le ven 24/02/2017 - 05:40

I find it quite easy to pay someone a compliment especially if they did something good, but it is not easy to accept a compliment especially If you got a compliment from your crush, you would be so flattered and so embarrassed that you look like a red tomato.
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