Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
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I bet some of you might be thinking: Nah, I don’t need to use slang words in English because I never use it either in Portuguese or in English. Guys, have in mind that some of them we have in English can be also used in formal contexts ok? It’s not because we’re using a slang, that it’s pejorative or even related to being an educated person or not. That’s just an informal way of speaking and yeah, CEOs use a lot of them in their daily routine alright? LOL
Today I brought 5 slang words that are very very common in the USA and I would love you all to memorize them, in case you haven’t heard them yet.
- GET LOST. Our first slang is the not politest one LOL. When you’re pissed and wanna tell someone to go away, you say: “Hey, GET LOST!” which means, “I don’t wanna see your face, get out of here”. Some other examples where you can use it:
- I’d better get lost before an argument starts
- If they call you again, tell them to get lost
- Why don’t you leave me alone? Come on, get lost!
- KILLING IT. This is a slang expression that has nothing to do about death alright? LOL. When you tell someone he or she is “KILLING IT”, it means that someone is doing very, very well. When someone succeeds in sports, career, school, anything… You can say “OMG, you’re killing it! Congratulations! Or “Did you see Will Smith’s last movie? He’s s killing it”
- HIT THE ROAD Guys, when you say you gotta “hit the road” it simply means “you gotta go” / “you have to leave where you are because you have stuff to do”. That’s it and nothing more than that. You can use it in any situation, either you’re going home, to work or travel. For example: “The party was awesome, thank you so much for inviting me but I gotta hit the road. My wife is waiting for me”
- SHOOT – Yep, to shoot is the same as to kill or wound a person (or an animal) usually with a gun but again, today’s topic is about slang so we’re gonna have another meaning. When someone asks you: “Can I ask you a question?” you can answer by saying “Shoot!” which means, “you just did” or “go ahead and ask your question”. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this slang here in the US so have that in mind and whenever you have a chance, use it 🙂
- TO BE SICK – You might know this verb as something else, I mean, when someone coughs and sneezes a lot, this person might be sick. The point is, the verb here is also a slang and yeah, you will understand the meaning by the context ok? Ok so, “to be sick” also means that something is awesome, cool, very nice! For instance:
- “You missed a sick party last night. You should have gone!”
- Have you ever surfed in Hawaii? Dude, it’s sick!
- Do you know my cousin? That guy is sick and super funny.
Another tip to differentiate the meaning is regarding the ton of your voice. In our last example, if his cousin was sick like, coughing or sneezing, he would have said “oh, my cousin is sick, he can’t go” and so on – the context, the sentence would change. Got it?
I guess that was the first time I brought some slang to you on our English Bites, wasn’t it? If this is something you’re interested in learning more and more, please let me know so I can bring another group of words next time alright? Again, if they were new to you, write them down when you have some time and practice them alright? What context would you use them? And pay attention next time you watch some episodes of a tv show or a movie, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna recognize at least one of them 🙂
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