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3 Ways to Casually Invite Someone Out for Coffee in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 09:35 AM


Do you want to invite someone out for coffee in English? Maybe this person is a friend, a colleague or even a romantic interest?

You probably learned plenty of phrases to offer an invitation to someone in your textbok or in your English class in school but most of them are too formal and stiff.

Today I am going to show you 3 natural, casual, and low-pressure ways to invite someone out for coffee.

Check them out below!


#1) Would you like to grab a coffee next week?

When we use the verb "grab" in an invitation it makes the invitation very casual. You are suggesting a very informal meeting and by using the verb "grab" you might make the person feel less pressure and make them more likely to accept the invitation.


#2) Are you free for a coffee sometime in the next few weeks?

This is also very open-ended and casual. You aren't asking them if they are free on a specific day but you are leaving it open for them to suggest a specific day. This is a great, natural, low-pressure way to invite someone out for coffee.


#3) Are you up for a coffee this weekend?

To be "up for" something means to be open to doing something. This is slightly more direct because you are suggesting a specific time and day but when you use the expression "to be up for" it also keeps it light and casual.


Now go out and try these 3 casual phrases with a native speaker!

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.


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