Are you fluent in British Slang?
Learning a new language is hard enough with all the grammar, idioms and accents – but if you want to become truly fluent, you might want to learn some local slang. These can be useful in everyday conversation… but maybe don’t use these phrases in a job interview! Try and guess the answers to these questions about British slang phrases below and see if you can speak like a native!
What does peak mean?
Example: Wow, dumping Becky on her birthday was so peak of you man.
What does 'butters' mean?
Example: That guy you kissed last night was butters.
You call someone a chirpse when:
Example: Heard you went to the cinema with Lucy last night, is it a chirpse?
A ‘dead ting’ is someone who is...
Example: Amber is really pretty and funny whereas Joanna is a dead ting.
What’s a whip?
Example: German whip = BMW
Which sentence makes sense?
Craic is used a lot in Ireland and can mean 'a good time'. Someone might also ask "what's the craic?" which is another way of saying what's up?
When would you say ‘your mum’?
You can also use it as a response to any question. Example: Who were you with the cinema last night? Your mum.
“That was a nice cuppa!” is another way of saying...
Cuppa = Tea. An essential piece of vocab if you're going to England.
‘What you sayin’ means...
This one can be kind of confusing - even for a native person. What you saying can mean what's up, how you doing etc.
Why would someone be a ‘wrong ‘un’
Example: Dwight Schrute is a wrong 'un.
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So, how did you do? Learning slang is a crucial part of learning a language. Understanding slang words can seem like a whole new language at first, but once you get the hang of it you will feel like a true native when practicing the language. Maybe you can add these to your British Slang dictionary… just make sure you use them correctly!
Top tip: Remember even in smaller countries like England, slang is often regional… so if someones looking at you with a blank face when you’re talking about driving your whip, it might be because they’re from the North, not because you’re knowledge of British slang is wrong!
Until next time…