Saying “I don’t like it” in 10 ways

I am sure that you never knew that there were so many ways to say “I don’t like it” in English? Saying “I don’t like it” or “I don’t like this” can sound a little bit childish. So here are a couple of ways to say “I don’t like it” more maturely. I suggest you write them down in your own personal dictionary and try to practise at least one expression each day in class. At Oxford English Academy we believe that practise makes perfect!

1. I dislike it.

This is a formal way of saying “I don’t like it”. It is very direct and could cause offense to some people.

For example:

Greta dislikes the taste of pistachio ice cream.

2. I’m not into it.

Saying you are not into something is an informal way of saying that you do not find it interesting.

For example:

James is not into football, he likes rugby.

3. I’m not fond of it.

Not to be fond of something is an informal for saying you don’t like it very much.

For example:

Since Ben had the accident, he’s not very fond of going skiing.

4. I’m not crazy about it

This expression is similar to “not be fond of something”.

For example:

I’m not crazy about this cake because it tastes strange.

5. I don’t appreciate that

This way of expressing dislike is great for professional and serious conversations.

For example:

I don’t appreciate being shouted at in public.

6. It doesn’t tickle my fancy

It is an idiom and it means we did not find it appealing, funny or interesting.

For example:

That comedian’s sense of humour doesn’t tickle their fancy.

7. I’m disinterested in that

We use this sentence if something simply does not interest us.

For example:

My friends are all disinterested in politics.

8. It’s not for me

This is a neutral way of explaining that you are not interested in something.

For example:

Everyone loves the series Lost but it’s not for me.

9. I’m not a big fan of it

To say “I’m not a big fan” is an idiomatic expression and it means we do not like something very much.

For example:

I’m not a big fan of the new James Bond.

10. I’ll pass

This is a quick way of saying we are not interested in a suggestion.

For example:

Do you want to come to the pub?” “Nah, thanks, I’ll pass.