English Phrases: Giving Compliments

Tips while giving compliments

Sincere:  The intended compliment must be sincere and genuine.

Specific: Be specific to make your compliment effective. Try avoiding generalized compliments.

Spontaneous: This involves giving compliment as soon as you identify something wonderful.

Giving Compliments on the accomplishment

  • Good job!
  • Well done!
  • Fantastic!
  • Perfect!
  • That’s great!
  • Nice work!
  • Excellent!
  • That’s really remarkable.
  • Good grades!
  • That looks awesome!
  • Kudos on the great work!


Phrases for complimenting a person’s appearance/clothes


  • 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.


Phrases for complimenting someone’s performance


  • Jon, if you don’t mind me saying, you are an excellent public speaker.
  • I must say you really know how to communicate.
  • I totally admire your spontaneity.
  • I admire your ability to think on your feet.
  • I really must express my admiration for your speech.



  • Wow! You’re great at delivering a PEP TALK!
  • You can really argue. That was amazing debate!
  • You’re an awesome dancer.
  • It’s a mesmerizing performance. Keep it up.
  • You sure can play table tennis. Great Skills!
  • I love the way you play guitar.
  • You really have some special talent.


Complimenting Possessions


  • Tom, I couldn’t help but notice your Mercedes. It’s a beauty!
  • I have to admit I’m jealous of your lovely garden.
  • You have such a majestic painting in your living room.
  • I have no words to describe your brand new TV. It’s rather vibrant. 



  • Nice car! Is it yours?
  • Kudos on the new iPhone X dude. Where did you get it?
  • Your camera is superb. That’s nice!
  • Awesome headphones man, they look stunning.


Phrases for complimenting someone’s home

  • What a nice apartment!
  • You have a beautiful home.
  • You have a lovely home Jack.
  • I love what you have done with the place.
  • Where did you get that lovely table?
  • I love the decor. Did you do it yourself?


Phrases for complimenting someone’s cooking

  • The dish is delicious.
  • This soup is very tasty.
  • Great Pasta! It’s finger licking good.
  • You’re a fantastic cook.
  • Did you make this from scratch?
  • You’ve got to give me the recipe for this chicken dish!
  • The cherry pie is out of this world.
  • This is best sandwich I ever had.
  • That was delicious. My compliments to the chef!


Phrases for complimenting babies / children

  • She’s darn cute
  • What a cute and cuddly baby.
  • Oh, what an adorable face!
  • He/she’s so cute!
  • Your children are very well-behaved.
  • Your daughter is a smart cookie.
  • Your kids are a lot of fun.
  • She’s well-mannered kid.


Phrases for receiving compliments

  • How kind of you to say so.
  • It’s nice of you to say so.
  • It’s very kind of you to say that.
  • Really? I’m not sure about that, actually.
  • Thank you.
  • Thank you so much.
  • Thanks a lot.
  • Thanks for your compliment.
  • I’m glad you like it.
  • I’m delighted to hear that.
  • Seriously, you liked it that much.

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