Friday, 25 April 2008

British Slang

If you grew up in the UK or at least have lived here for many months, then the chances are that you would recognise a lot of British slang.I bet that learning British slang would prove to be a totally new learning experience.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Hiya - Short for hi there, this is a friendly way of saying hello.

All right? - This is used a lot around London and the south to mean, “Hello, how are you”? You would say it to a complete stranger or someone you knew. The normal response would be for them to say “All right”? back to you. It is said as a question. Sometimes it might get expanded to “all right mate”?

Cheers - This word is obviously used when drinking with friends. However, it also has other colloquial meanings. For example when saying goodbye you could say "cheers", or "cheers then". It also means thank you.

Dodgy - If someone or something is a bit dodgy, it is not to be trusted. Dodgy food should be thrown away at home, or sent back in a restaurant. Dodgy people are best avoided.

Not my cup of tea - This is a common saying here that means something is not to your liking.

These were just few of what I thought I could start using – and be laughed at for not being understood outside of England.

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