Readers of this blog often ask us for conversational English. They want to learn phrases for chatting informally with friends and colleagues. To help with this, some of our blog posts focus on the sort of conversations that we all have during the course of a day or a week. In this post, we’re looking at what you can say on a Monday when someone asks ‘How was your weekend?’
Perhaps you didn’t do much at the weekend, in which case, you can say:
It was nice, thanks. I didn’t actually do very much, but it was quite relaxing.
I didn’t feel so great, actually, so I didn’t do very much.
(Notice that ‘thanks’ is often included in the response.)
You might describe a weekend when you didn’t do very much as ‘quiet‘, saying:
It was quiet, actually. (US)/ I had a quiet one, actually. (UK) I did a bit of reading, made some nice food and watched a film. How about you?
(Notice the enquiry ‘How about you?’ It’s polite to ask this – and also quite useful when you haven’t got much to say yourself!)
It was nice, thanks – quite chilled. (UK)
It was pretty chill, thanks. (US)
A weekend that was very relaxed, in which you did nothing that needed effort may be described as lazy:
I had a really nice, lazy Saturday, reading and watching a film.
You might instead say you lazed around (= relaxed and did very little):
I lazed around in my pyjamas (UK)/pajamas (US) most of Saturday.
In UK English, if you stayed in bed later than usual in the morning, you can say you had a lie-in:
I was really tired, so I had a lie-in on Saturday.
If you slept more at the weekend because you didn’t sleep enough during the week before, you might say you caught up on some/your sleep:
It was a very nice weekend, thanks. I finally caught up on some sleep.
I had a very relaxing Sunday, just pottering around in the garden.
Of course, not all weekends are quiet or lazy! Perhaps you had a very sociable weekend, spending lots of time with other people. Maybe you saw a friend you hadn’t seen for a while, in which case you can say you caught up with them:
I had a very sociable weekend, actually. I caught up with a couple of London friends. It was fun.
If you had a guest sleeping at your house, you can say a friend stayed over:
We had some old friends staying over, which was great.
A weekend that is very busy may be described as hectic:
The whole weekend was quite hectic with house guests and parties, but it was fun.
Whatever you’re doing this weekend, we hope it’s fun – and not too hectic!