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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2011 12:49 pm 
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From the FluentCzech site above:

One hundred percent
Without question
Exactly right
Most certainly
Without doubt
In no case
That isn't true at all
That is an exaggeration
In principle that is true, but ...
Admittedly that is true, but ...
That's one way to say it
Only up to a certain point
why not?
We agreed that ...
I absolutely agree …
It is up to you whether ...
I completely agree with you, but … …
That would be a good idea
That’s an interesting thought
I fully agree with you
I simply must agree
I am glad to hear it
I am of the same opinion
Sorry, but I can’t agree with that
I am of a different opinion, because …
I understand you point but
I can’t agree at all
I can agree, provided that …
We’ll do it only on the condition that …
The only proviso is that ...
I agree under the condition that ...
I would agree provided that ...
I agree with that, provided that ...
I can agree to that with the proviso that ...
Provided that ...
I don’t like to complain, but ...
Unfortunately, I am not at all satisfied with ...
I am of the same opinion as you
I am against it
Under no circumstances
On no account
Perhaps there is something in that
Don't be upset, but …
It was a slip of the tongue
I said it that way by mistake
I am sorry but …
I am afraid to say that …
I am afraid that …
I hope you won’t be offended if ...
To my shame I must admit that …
I blame myself that
I would like to, but unfortunately …
If you will allow …
I am unable to explain why …
Words fail me when …
I am sorry to interrupt, but …
I am sorry to bother you, but ...
I must admit that I really don’t know the answer
Unfortunately, I can’t answer that
Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that question
I am sorry if my Czech is a little difficult to understand
I am sorry, but I don’t know the exact expression for it in Czech
I am absolutely convinced that …
You know as well as I that ...
It is a safe bet that ...
I bet that
I am satisfied that …
Rest assured that ...
It is absolutely correct that ...
I can proudly state that …
It is simply true that …
(With) The fact remains (stays) that ...
It is well know that ...
I know for a fact that ...
It is no secret that ...
The fact that ...
I insist on it that ...
It is clear that ...
The matter of the fact is that ...
It is nonsense to claim that ...
This shows that ...
The question is …
Strange as it may seem …
It is surprising that …
I don't have the slightest idea about it …
The only trouble is (in that) that …
The only trouble is (with that) that … …
It is self evident that …
You have my word that …
I can safely assert that …
Take it from me that …
It is noteworthy that …
It seems very unlikely that …
It is totally natural that …
Contrary to what most people think …
I think that it isn't very probable ...
It is scarcely conceivable that …
It is obvious that …
There is a danger that …
It is incorrect that …
It makes sense that …
In spite of my expectations …
You only have to look at it, in order to see that ....
Certainly you can’t fail to notice that ...
I am almost sure that …
The most important thing is that …
The main thing is that …
I don't have the slightest notion why …
I don't see any reason why …
I don't understand at all why ...
It is hardly surprising that …
The good thing about it is that ...
The snag with that is that …
That might be one of the reasons why …
There is no point in pretending that ..
I bet that ...
It is necessary ...
In spite of the fact that ...
I don’t claim that …
It won’t do any harm if ...
If it were up to me ...
I will see to it that ...
Luck is on your side …
I warmly recommend in order that you go …
There is still a chance that …
Well, I don’t think it would be wise
I am totally certain that ... .
I genuinely do think that …
It is very hard to believe that …
I am completely convinced that …
I am not totally convinced that …
I have very serious doubts, because …
There is no doubt about it that …
That is an important point
You must realize that …
You should know that …
We must bear in mind the fact that …
It stands to reason that ...
That is all there is to say
That is all for now
And there (in that) is the problem
I hope it is only a question of time
That remains to be seen
Before I finish ...
Allow me to thank you very much for everything
I am afraid that time is against us
I'd better stop now
So, goodbye and thanks again
I hope we see each other again soon
I have attempted to explain here that …
Time is running short so …
In conclusion I would like to say that …
In short then …
Before I finish, I’d like to summarise again the main points …
I am afraid that time is against us, so we’d better stop here
To be more precise ...
And what's more ...
While I am already talking about it ... .
I would like to emphasise that ...
Should I explain in greater detail?
llow me to say it another way ...
That is to say ...
And more specifically ...
Nevertheless ...
Even though ... .
That sounds like ...
And that is why ...
In other words
To say it another way ...
Moreover …
Another advantage is that ...
Another disadvantage is that ...
What interests me the most is ...
The interesting thing about it is that ...
Like I have just mentioned ...
I would like to explain to you how ...
I will attempt to explain to you how ...
It happened like this ...
To put it in a nutshell …
Putting it briefly …
Like I just said …
And to make matters worse …
As I have explained ...
If I could summarise what I have said so far ..
A good example of this is …
What I am trying to say is that ...
The crux of the matter is ...
I must emphasise that ...
I would like to add something ...
Allow me to recap for a moment
Allow me now to summarise again
As an extension to this ...
Another way of saying it is ...
I’ll attempt to put that more clearly
Allow me to clarify that for you
To be more concrete ...
Let’s go into this in more detail
It worried me that ...
My greatest worry is that ...
I was amazed that ...
To my horror I realised that ...
I was scared stiff when ...
It is a crying shame that ... .
It is such a shame that ...
It is a pity that I don’t know …
I got a shock when …
I was shocked (with it) when (what) I heard that …
It was a bit shocking for me when I saw …
It isn’t often that …
It is extremely lucky that …
I am grateful that ...
I was relieved when I learned that …
It amused me when …
I was astonished to learn that ....
It is pleasant to know that …
I am proud that …
I am terribly nervous …
The funny thing about (on) it is that …
My one regret is that … …
It is amazing how much ...
I don’t like to say this, but ..
I terribly dislike to say this but …
I hate when …
The sad thing about (on) it is that …
I am pleased that ... J
It is a great pleasure that ...
I am grateful for the opportunity ...
What a pity
That is very unfortunate
I trust that ...
I am astonished
Well, that’s a pleasant surprise
That is really surprising
That is unbelievable
Who would have thought it?
I am very encouraged
It is disgraceful
I am sick of it
It is rather (enough) boring
I am disappointed
I am hesitating
Understandably ...
Frankly speaking ...
Between you and me ...
Anyway ...
Well then ...
Well, as a matter of fact ...
How can I put it?
I must say that …
Firstly ...
Secondly ...
I am afraid that ...
Now and then it seems to me that ...
As far as I am concerned ...
More and more ...
Actually ...
All joking aside ...
Now seriously ...
To be totally frank …
It is good to know that ...
Well, to put it briefly ...
It is worth mentioning that ...
I think that I should point out that …
I should mention that ...
Now that you mention it, I really do think that ...
It is remarkable that ...
I am amazed that ...I must admit that ...
I grant that …
I must grant that …
On the one hand … on the other …
After all …
I should say that ...
Oddly enough …
I would like to tell you that …
I would like to know whether ...
It is unbelievable how … …
It is necessary to say that …
I think that I should point out to you that ...
If you ask me ...
I’d like to say something about ...
I’d like to say a couple of words about this …
Thank you heartily
That is such a good question
That is a difficult question
Once upon a time, long ago ...
I must first say that …
I think that I should immediately say from the start that ..
I would like to make one thing clear from the start
I will be talking for about ten minutes
I’ll start with … and afterwards move on to …
The reason why I am here is ...
We are here to talk about ...
The reason we are here is ...
Today we shall look at ...
Today’s topic is ...
I think that I should say right from the start that ...
I’d like to make clear one thing from the very start …
Today I will be talking about …
I know that there isn’t time to spare, so I’d better make a start
I’d like to start with a general overview and after focus on …
Can you tell me please ...
Would you be interested in us talking about something else?
And what do you think?
How did it turn out?
Would you say that …
Wouldn't you say that …
Could you tell me …
I really would like to know, what ...
I would like to know why ...
Could I request your views on the matter?
What is going on?
I’d like to know whether …
To tell the truth ...
I presume that ...
I hope that ...
In my opinion ...
If that is true ...
I don't know exactly ...
The way I see it is that ...
I would like to think that ...
As you may know ...
I don't have a big interest in that
If I understand correctly ...
As you already know ...
That isn't such a big problem
That is a matter of opinion
As far as I know ...
I have the impression that ...
It is usually true that ...
You never know, but ...
I haven't thought about it before, but ...
If I am not mistaken ...
I am not certain whether ...
Like every other man ...
I have my own opinion on it, but
I am not such an expert, but
If you ask my opinion …
I would say that …
As I see it …
Personally, I think that ...
My own feeling is that ... …
I really have a feeling that …
I have a suspicion that …
It is only a hunch, but ...
I have a hunch that ...
I have an uneasy hunch that ...
I find it hard to believe that ...
I believe that ...
I firmly believe that ...
Contrary to (across) my expectations …
I could swear (would take poison) on it that ...
I suppose that It doesn’t necessarily mean that …
A lot depends on how ...
There is no guarantee that ...
On (in) the assumption that …
Time will show whether ...
On first appearances, it seems that ... .
Now that I come to think of it …
On full reflection ...
I am tempted to believe that ...
I can’t help thinking that …
I can’t get rid of the feeling that …
If all goes well …
So that you understand me …
Sometimes I ask myself if ...
I am trying to say …
I rather think that ...
My point of view is that ...
If I understood correctly ...
According to my experiences ...
I may be wrong, but ...
One never knows, but ...
I haven’t really thought about it yet, but …
That’s hard to say, but …
She said something like ...
My wife pointed out that ...
Recently, I heard that ...
My better half said that ...
It was said to me, that …
From what I have heard ... …
Rumour has it that ...
He pointed out that …
It is rumoured that …
It is an old superstition that …
They say that …
As they say …
Judging by what he said …
I found out that ...
It started to be evident that ...
I didn’t know, and I still don’t know, whether …
I soon realised that ...
I never realised that ...
Eventually I realised that ...
It seemed to me that ...
I recollect that …
As far as I remember ...
I vaguely remember that ...
An idea flashed through my mind that …
I don't recall exactly ...
The one thing which I recall is that …
It struck me that ...
It soon became apparent that ...
You can imagine my surprise when …
At last I realised that …
Later I learned that …
It started to become soon clear, that ...
It occurred to me that ...
There came a time when ...
As things turned out ...
I became firmly of the opinion that …
Mistakenly I assumed that …
I decided that …
I told myself that …
And so it happened that ...
Now it occurs to me that ...
By the way ...
I have an interesting story about it
And besides that ...
Oh, I nearly forgot ...
And one more thing ... .
On the other hand ...
But on the other hand
but against that
Before I forget, I must ...
Let me digress for a moment ...
It might be worth mentioning ..
I’d like to return to a previous point ...
We should look closer at a point we only touched on earlier
Perhaps I might also mention that ...
You will recall that earlier I said ...
As I was saying before the digression ...
To return to my earlier point ...
This brings me to my next point ...
we must face facts
it is nothing but the truth
i have a suspicion that ...
i have reason to believe that
i have a reasonable suspicion to assume that
so, we are in agreement
after serious consideration ...
it is worth considering, that
i assumed mistakenly, that ...
i gave a wrong (mistaken) answer
I have a whole bunch (row) of questions
i can’t help feeling that ...
i can't relieve myself of the feeling, that ...
the heart (nature) of the matter (thing) is, that ...
the essence of the problem is, that ...
In essence, i agree with you, but ...

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2011 10:29 pm 
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Wha??? 8O

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2011 10:31 pm 
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Someone has their work cut out for them... :yes:

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2011 11:06 pm 
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A list like that really needs to be indexed to be useful. To do this you need to find the key word or words in each phrase, and make a headword from it..

Jay Bee (or any other volunteer) if you have a spare moment perhaps you could go through it and change the entries in the following manner:

Change entries like "We agreed that ..." to "agree - We agreed that ..."

From an entry like "In principle that is true, but ..." make two entries:

"principle - In principle that is true, but ..."
"true - In principle that is true, but ..."

If a sort is applied to the resulting list the phrases will be grouped according to the key word words instead of the first word in the phrase which is often something less useful like "in" or "I".

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec 2011 10:23 am 
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With respect to Breandán, I'm not sure if listing the phrases by alphabet is suitable for the learner, and I say this having tried to teach conversation to literally thousands of students, for what is logically tidy is not always so useful to someone looking for a given phrase at any one time. I'm not saying its never useful, but when the goal is on the fly speech construction, it won't work

In fact, while I've cathegorized the list functionally below, even doing might not do much, as function is very often context dependent, meaning one has to take into account previous utterances, before choosing a particular phrase.

For example, the original creator of the list has not separated out markers from increments explicitly, and within the increment category, objective statements from those showing the speaker's affectual position towards a proposition. Depending on the tone of voice used and context, the function (and therefore) meaning of a phrase can change quite radically

For example, an objective statement:

A: that hoover there, [it's] very good
B: I see

A comment:

A: That young O'Toole, he crashed his car again [statement]
B: Very good! [sarcastic commentary]

Or it can just operate as a marker of understanding:

A: The cows are all in now
B: very good


As for the categorization, it's only a quick attempt. I think it is better to be more concerned about the functional of what goes into them, than the phrases themselves. Many of them are only useful for written text, or for public speech. What we would be more interested in are good wholesome everyday ways of saying things that allow one to structure one's ideas and engage in naturalistic discourse. What is here, can be modified, should anyone so wish


STATEMENT RELATED

Affirmative
One hundred percent
Without question
Exactly right
Most certainly
Without doubt
I absolutely agree …
I fully agree with you
I simply must agree
I am of the same opinion
I am of the same opinion as you
It is absolutely correct that ...


Qualified affirmative
Only up to a certain point
I completely agree with you, but … …
I understand your point but
I can agree, provided that …
In essence, i agree with you, but ...


Negative
In no case
That isn't true at all
Sorry, but I can’t agree with that
I can’t agree at all
Unfortunately, I am not at all satisfied with ...
I am against it


Position-statement
That is an exaggeration
I am unable to explain why …
Unfortunately, I can’t answer that
I am absolutely convinced that …
You know as well as I that ...
It is a safe bet that ...
I bet that
I am satisfied that …
I can proudly state that …
It is simply true that …
I insist on it that ...
It is nonsense to claim that ...
It is surprising that …
I don't have the slightest idea about it …
The only trouble is (in that) that …
The only trouble is (with that) that … …
I can safely assert that …
It is totally natural that …
You only have to look at it, in order to see that ....
Certainly you can’t fail to notice that ...
I don't have the slightest notion why …
I don't see any reason why …
I don't understand at all why ...
It is hardly surprising that …
The good thing about it is that ...
The snag with that is that …
There is no point in pretending that ..
I bet that ...
Well, I don’t think it would be wise
I am totally certain that ... .
I genuinely do think that …
It is very hard to believe that …
I am completely convinced that …
I am not totally convinced that …
I have very serious doubts, because …
There is no doubt about it that …
Luck is on your side …
That remains to be seen
And there (in that) is the problem
I hope it is only a question of time
It is a crying shame that ... .
It is such a shame that ...
It is a pity that I don’t know …
I hate when …
The sad thing about (on) it is that …
I am sick of it
It is rather (enough) boring
I am disappointed
I am hesitating
It is good to know that ...
It is unbelievable how … …
It is necessary to say that …
If you ask my opinion …
I would say that …
As I see it …
Personally, I think that ...
My own feeling is that ... …
I really have a feeling that …
I have a suspicion that …
It is only a hunch, but ...
I have a hunch that ...
I have an uneasy hunch that ...
I find it hard to believe that ...
I believe that ...
I firmly believe that ...
Contrary to (across) my expectations …
I could swear (would take poison) on it that ...
I suppose that It doesn’t necessarily mean that …
A lot depends on how ...
There is no guarantee that ...
I am not certain whether ...
I have my own opinion on it, but
I am not such an expert, but


Statement
We agreed that ...
I must admit that I really don’t know the answer
Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that question
I am sorry, but I don’t know the exact expression for it in Czech
(With) The fact remains (stays) that ...
It is well know that ...
I know for a fact that ...
It is no secret that ...
The fact that ...
It is clear that ...
The matter of the fact is that ...
This shows that ...
The question is …
Strange as it may seem …
It is self evident that …
It is noteworthy that …
It seems very unlikely that …
Contrary to what most people think …
I think that it isn't very probable ...
It is obvious that …
There is a danger that …
It makes sense that …
In spite of my expectations …
I am almost sure that …
The most important thing is that …
The main thing is that …
It is necessary ...
In spite of the fact that ...
It won’t do any harm if ...
There is still a chance that …
It stands to reason that ...
I don’t claim that …
That sounds like ...
It worried me that ...
My greatest worry is that ...
I am grateful that ...
It is pleasant to know that …
I am proud that …
It isn’t often that …
It is extremely lucky that …
I am terribly nervous …
It is worth mentioning that ...
I think that I should point out that …
I should mention that ...
Now that you mention it, I really do think that ...
It is remarkable that ...
I am amazed that ...
I must admit that ...
I presume that ...
I hope that ...
In my opinion ...
I don't know exactly ...
The way I see it is that ...
I would like to think that ...
I don't have a big interest in that
That isn't such a big problem
That is a matter of opinion
Time will show whether ...
On full reflection ...
I have an interesting story about it
We must face facts
it is nothing but the truth
so, we are in agreement
i gave a wrong (mistaken) answer
I have a whole bunch (row) of questions


Reporting
I got a shock when …
I was shocked (with it) when (what) I heard that …
It was a bit shocking for me when I saw …
I was relieved when I learned that …
It amused me when …
I was astonished to learn that ....


TOPIC RELATED

Topic starting
There’s a thing

Side topic
While I am already talking about it ... .

Topic extender
I would like to add something ...
As an extension to this ...


Topic –carry on
Well then ...

Topic –change
Anyway ...
Would you be interested in us talking about something else?
Let me digress for a moment ...
It might be worth mentioning ..
I’d like to return to a previous point ...
We should look closer at a point we only touched on earlier
You will recall that earlier I said ...
As I was saying before the digression ...
To return to my earlier point ...
This brings me to my next point ...


Topic ending
That is all there is to say
That is all for now


DISCOURSE RELATED

Follow-on
And that is why ...

Consequential
After all …

Unexpected support
Oddly enough …

Contra
Nevertheless ...
Even though ... .
On the one hand … on the other …
On the other hand ...
But on the other hand
but against that


In addition
And besides that ..

Discoursal pointing
The funny thing about (on) it is that …
My one regret is that … …
It is amazing how much ...
There came a time when ...
As things turned out ...


Statement –semi-promise
You have my word that …
Take it from me that …
Rest assured that ...
I will see to it that ...


Event (story) pointing
I was amazed that ...
To my horror I realised that ...
I was scared stiff when ...


Pointed information
You must realize that …
You should know that …
We must bear in mind the fact that …


Directive pointing
Let’s go into this in more detail

Pointing
To be more precise ...
And what's more ...
I would like to emphasize that ...
In other words
To say it another way...
That is to say ...
And more specifically ...
Moreover …
Another advantage is that ...
Another disadvantage is that ...
What interests me the most is ...
The interesting thing about it is that ...
Like I have just mentioned ...
It happened like this ...
To put it in a nutshell …
Putting it briefly …
Like I just said …
And to make matters worse …
As I have explained ...
If I could summarise what I have said so far ..
A good example of this is …
What I am trying to say is that ...
The crux of the matter is ...
I must emphasise that ...
Another way of saying it is ...
I’ll attempt to put that more clearly
To be more concrete ...
Understandably ...
Frankly speaking ...
Well, as a matter of fact ...
How can I put it?
I must say that …
Between you and me ...
More and more ...
Actually ...
All joking aside ...
Now seriously ...
To be totally frank …
Well, to put it briefly ...
To tell the truth ...


Point raising
So that you understand me …
I am trying to say …
According to my experiences ...
By the way ...
Oh, I nearly forgot ...
And one more thing ... .
Before I forget, I must ...


Intention
I would like to explain to you how ...
I will attempt to explain to you how ...


Public speech
I am pleased that ...
It is a great pleasure that ...
I am grateful for the opportunity ...
I am very encouraged
I must first say that …
I think that I should immediately say from the start that ..
I would like to make one thing clear from the start
I will be talking for about ten minutes
I’ll start with … and afterwards move on to …
The reason why I am here is ...
We are here to talk about ...
The reason we are here is ...
I’d like to say something about ...
I’d like to say a couple of words about this …
Thank you heartily
That is such a good question
That is a difficult question
Wouldn't you say that …
Today we shall look at ...
Today’s topic is ...
I think that I should say right from the start that ...
I’d like to make clear one thing from the very start …
Today I will be talking about …
I know that there isn’t time to spare, so I’d better make a start
I’d like to start with a general overview and after focus on …
Can you tell me please ...
Could I request your views on the matter?


Pre-conclusion
Before I finish ...
Before I finish, I’d like to summarise again the main points …
I am afraid that time is against us, so we’d better stop here


Concluding
Time is running short so …
In conclusion I would like to say that …
In short then
I am afraid that time is against us
I'd better stop now


Summing up
I have attempted to explain here that …

SOCIAL RELATED

Expectation
I trust that ...

Other request
Should I explain in greater detail?

Phatic
I hope we see each other again soon
So, goodbye and thanks again
Allow me to thank you very much for everything


Support –extension
That might be one of the reasons why …

Other awareness
As you already know ...

Commentary
That's one way to say it
What a pity
That is very unfortunate
That is really surprising
That is unbelievable
It is disgraceful


Remark
I am astonished
Well, that’s a pleasant surprise


Position-rhetoric
Why not?
Who would have thought it?


Support
That would be a good idea
That’s an interesting thought
That is an important point


Acceptance
I am glad to hear it

Position –possibility
Perhaps there is something in that

Position –explanation
I am of a different opinion, because …

Optionality
It is up to you whether ...

Position –apology/couching
It was a slip of the tongue
I said it that way by mistake
I am sorry if my Czech is a little difficult to understand
I don’t like to say this, but ..
I terribly dislike saying this but …


Reflexive raising
Now that I come to think of it …

Checking
If I understood correctly...

Position –unsure
I may be wrong, but ...
One never knows, but ...
I haven’t really thought about it yet, but …
That’s hard to say, but …
She said something like ...
From what I have heard ... …
As they say …
Judging by what he said …
I didn’t know, and I still don’t know, whether …
I don't recall exactly ...


Expected agreement
You can imagine my surprise when …

Other permission
If you will allow …
Allow me to say it another way ...
Allow me to recap for a moment
Allow me now to summarise again
Allow me to clarify that for you


Position –social
If it were up to me ...
I recommend that you go …
I would like to tell you that …
I would like to know whether ...
I grant that …
I must grant that …
I should say that ...
I think that I should point out to you that ...
If you ask me ...


Advice
[color=#FF4000]You never know, but ...[/color]

FRAMING RELATED

Qualified action
We’ll do it only on the condition that …
The only proviso is that ...
I agree under the condition that ...
I would agree provided that ...
I agree with that, provided that ...
I can agree to that with the proviso that ...
Provided that ...


Couched affirmative/statement/indirect
I don’t like to complain, but ...
Don't be upset, but …
I am sorry but …
I am afraid to say that …
I am afraid that …
I hope you won’t be offended if ...
To my shame I must admit that …
I blame myself that
I would like to, but unfortunately …
I am sorry to interrupt, but …
I am sorry to bother you, but ...
I am afraid that ...
Now and then it seems to me that ...
As far as I am concerned ...


Framing
In principle that is true, but ...
Admittedly that is true, but ...
Under no circumstances
On no account
Words fail me when …
Once upon a time, long ago ...
As far as I know ...
I have the impression that ...
It is usually true that ...
Like every other man ...
I haven't thought about it before, but ...
If I am not mistaken ...
On (in) the assumption that …
I am tempted to believe that ...
I can’t help thinking that …
I can’t get rid of the feeling that …
I rather think that ...
My point of view is that ...
My wife pointed out that ...
Recently, I heard that ...
My better half said that ...
It was said to me, that …
Rumour has it that ...
He pointed out that …
It is rumoured that …
It is an old superstition that …
They say that …
I found out that ...
It started to be evident that ...
I soon realised that ...
I never realised that ...
Eventually I realised that ...
It seemed to me that ...
I recollect that …
As far as I remember ...
I vaguely remember that ...
On first appearances, it seems that ... .
An idea flashed through my mind that …
It struck me that ...
It soon became apparent that ...
The one thing which I recall is that …
At last I realised that …
Later I learned that …
It started to become soon clear, that ...
It occurred to me that ...
I became firmly of the opinion that …
Mistakenly I assumed that …
I decided that …
I told myself that …
And so it happened that ...
Now it occurs to me that ...
Perhaps I might also mention that ...
i have a suspicion that ...
i have reason to believe that
i have a reasonable suspicion to assume that
it is worth considering, that
i assumed mistakenly, that ...
i can’t help feeling that ...
i can't relieve myself of the feeling, that ...
the heart (nature) of the matter (thing) is, that ...
the essence of the problem is, that ...
after serious consideration ...
Sometimes I ask myself if ...


Listing
Firstly ...
Secondly ...


Social asking
And what do you think?
How did it turn out?
Would you say that …
Could you tell me …
I really would like to know, what ...
I would like to know why ...
What is going on?
I’d like to know whether …


Conditional
If that is true ...
As you may know ...
If I understand correctly ...
If all goes well …

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Well, actually, when I see big lists like this I get information overload and since I have an obsessive-compulsive disposition, so if I get information overload, then it is pretty well assured that most ordinary people will.

The purpose of arranging the list alphabetically was to use it as a reference.

What you've done above, grouping the phrases functionally, is another way to break down a big useless list into more digestible chunks.

Other ways to break up lists are to get actual frequency data and learn the more frequently used phrases in the target language. In a way that would be much more useful than trying to translate a list of English idioms into Irish.

We really should be gathering together a list of native idioms anyway, not trying to translate what we might say in English. Grouping those functionally and then further arranging them by degrees can be quite useful.

The first and simplest such list I ever learned was the go adjectives:

Go hiontach
Go hálainn
Go haoibhinn
Go breá
Go deas
Go maith
Go dona
Go holc

These adjectives always appear with go in the predicate. Here they have been grouped in rough order of "intensity" from good to bad. There is more art than science in this list but it does help give a sense of where they fit on a scale or spectrum of meaning.

Other phrases in Jay Bee's groupings could be similarly scaled by intensity, for instance from polite to impolite, or from friendly to hostile, mild to harsh, etc.

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Sorry if I sounded harsh, I was on overload too. My list got progressively more ropy after the 2/3 mark

Yeah, there are many ways of grouping what you want

IN fact, with a big enough list, you could do a few at a time, alphabetical within functional groups that are spectrumized over a given parametre

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec 2011 6:55 pm 
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Jay Bee wrote:
Sorry if I sounded harsh, I was on overload too. My list got progressively more ropy after the 2/3 mark

Yeah, there are many ways of grouping what you want

IN fact, with a big enough list, you could do a few at a time, alphabetical within functional groups that are spectrumized over a given parametre

I was just thinking your categorised list looks very much like the one I saw in the appendix of the Collins French Dictionary. :yes:

Grouped that way, you can search for ideas for phrases, and learn clusters, according to particular objectives. (Love the color coding too. :D )

The brain learns and remembers by interlinking information so the more different ways you cross-reference material (visually as well as semantically) the better the information is assimilated and retained.

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The advantage we have in the computer age is that we can key-word search a computerized list like that, if we need to do so. That being the case, I think a topic- and/or function-oriented list is better. That's how I satisfy my OCD impulses, anyway. I have lists of terms/expressions arranged by topics such as "time", "direction/location", "family/relatives", "adjectives" (where I put opposites or gradations in expression together), etc.

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec 2011 10:30 pm 
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Yes, you are quite right, Caoimhín. My brain is still partly (mostly? :darklaugh: ) geared to the analog world. :facepalm: Besides, the phrases would all be in the FGB and De Bhaldraithe in alphabetical order anyway so there's really no need for aphabetization at all.

The first list looked a bit daunting. It is amazing what a bit of colour and organization can do. Fair play, Jay Bee.

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