Understand English slang words and ohrases

Have a Laugh – Eng­lish Slang Words

As it’s com­ing up to the end of the year I thought  a bit of a laugh would be good. Below are pas­sages using Aus­tralian, Amer­i­can and British Eng­lish slang words.

Even if you don’t use  slang in your speech, you still need to under­stand what speak­ers are say­ing when they use Eng­lish slang words and phras­es. Mind you, I think using slang also adds pas­sion and colour to speech as well.

I have ‘trans­lat­ed’ each sec­tion of slang after­wards just so you know ‘what they’re on about’ ( what they are say­ing)!

Aus­tralian Eng­lish Slang words

A: G’day mate! How’s it goin?

B: Yeah… not bad. I felt a bit crook the oth­er day but I’m on the mend now.

A: Crikey! My dad’s been crook late­ly too! May­be there’s some­thin goin round?

B: May­be… or may­be it was the Macca’s he ate?

A: Nice one mate! You’re a real crack­er! Hey, I’m going to have a bar­bie this arvo, you down?

B: Well, I feel a bit stuffed still mate, but I’m up for it. I’ll swing by this arvo ‘round 5?

A: No wor­ries mate, see ya when I see ya.

B: Righto, oi, is Sharon gonna be there?

A: Mate you got buckley’s with her! You know she has a new boyfriend.

B: Yeah but I heard he lives out woop woop way so I may be in with a chance?

A: Well you can give it a crack, but I don’t like your chances!

B: Cool, I feel stoked mate! See you lat­er this arvo!

Aus­tralian Eng­lish Slang Words Trans­la­tion

A: Hel­lo friend! How are things going in your life?

B: Yeah not bad. I felt a bit unwell/sick the oth­er day but I’m (get­ting) much bet­ter now.

A: Crikey! (an expres­sion of sur­prise)  My father has been unwell late­ly also! May­be there is an ill­ness cir­cu­lat­ing around.

B: May­be… or may­be it was the ‘Macdonald’s’ ( fast food chain) meal he ate?

A: I liked that, ( the com­ment about his father) it was good.  You’re good (a good com­ment). Hey, I’m going to have a bar-b- que this after­noon. Are you OK with that?

B: Well, I feel a bit full (from eat­ing) still, but I’m will­ing to do it ( come to the bar-b-que).  I’ll come to your place this after­noon at about 5?

A: That’s fine, I’ll see you when you get there.

B: Ok. Fine. Heh, is Sharon going to be there?

A: Friend. You don’t stand a chance with her! You know she has a new boyfriend.

B: Yeah, but I heard he lives very far away, so I may be in with a chance?

A: Well you can try, but I don’t think you have much chance!

B: Great. I feel excit­ed, friend! See you lat­er this after­noon!

Amer­i­can Eng­lish Slang Words

Tom: Hey dude,

Ben: What’s up?

Tom: I’m so tired man, I was up all night cram­ming for finals. I’m try­ing not to screw up so I can get good grades. How bout you?

Ben: I was play­ing hooky all day and then I went to a par­ty, bae was get­ting lit.

Tom: For real? Any­thing cra cra hap­pen?

Ben: I plead the fifth!

Tom: Okay, I’m gonna go see Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, it just hit the big screen. Can you take your clothes off of the couch?

Ben: yeh, sure

Tom: thanks

Ben: you’re wel­come

Amer­i­can Eng­lish Slang Words Trans­la­tion

Tom: Hi guy (fellow/friend)

Ben: What is happening/ how are you?

Tom: I’m so tired man (form of address), I was up all night study­ing last min­ute for my end of year exams for the end of my degree. I’m try­ing not to ruin my chances (mis­man­age the sit­u­a­tion) so I can get good marks in the exams. How are you going?

Ben: I skipped school (or stayed away from work or a duty) all day, and then I went to a par­ty,  where peo­ple (the babes),  were get­ting intox­i­cat­ed. 

Tom: Real­ly!  Any­thing crazy hap­pen?

Ben: I am invok­ing my right to plead the fifth amend­ment in the Amer­i­can con­sti­tu­tion. (This means invok­ing the priv­i­lege that allows a wit­ness to decline to answer ques­tions where the answers might incrim­i­nate him).

Tom: Okay, I’m gonna go and watch the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, it just came into the movie the­aters. Can you take your clothes off  of the couch?

Ben:Yes, I can sure­ly do that.

Tom: Thanks

Ben: It’s not a prob­lem.

British Eng­lish slang words

Edward: I’m knack­ered! I’ve been clear­ing all the bits and bobs out of the back shed for hours!

Peter: Are you off your trol­ley? What hap­pened? You’ve been threat­en­ing to do that for years. Can I have a butch­ers?

Edward: Actu­al­ly, I’m rather chuffed about it. There’s so much space in there now.

Peter: Can I have a butch­ers? I want to check you aren’t telling porkies!

Edward: Of course and after that we can sit in the shed, open a beer, and have a chin wag.

Peter: (look­ing in the shed) Wow! I’m gob­s­macked! You real­ly did clear the shed. What are you going to say to your Mum when she finds out you threw out all her bits and bobs?

Edward: Oh! I didn’t think of that. All of a sud­den I’ve got the col­ly­wob­bles.  May­be she won’t notice!

Peter: Don’t be daft! of course she’ll notice. You bet­ter think of some­thing quick cause I can hear her com­ing!

British Eng­lish Slang Words Trans­la­tion

Edward: I’m extreme­ly tired! I’ve been clear­ing var­i­ous things out of the back shed for hours.

Peter: Are you crazy/mad! What hap­pened? You’ve been say­ing you would do that for years. Can I have a look?

Edward: Actu­al­ly, I’m rather pleased about it. There’s so much space in there now.

Peter: Can I have a look. I want to check you aren’t telling  lies.

Edward: Of course and after that we can sit in the shed, open a beer, and have a chat.

Peter:  (look­ing in the shed) Wow! I’m amazed! You real­ly did clear the shed. What are you going to say to your Mum when she finds out you threw out all her things?

Edward: Oh! I didn’t think of that. All of a sud­den I’ve feel very nau­seous ( brought on by ner­vous­ness or anx­i­ety).  May­be she won’t notice!

Peter: Don’t be stu­pid! Of course she’ll notice. You bet­ter think of some­thing quick ’cause I can hear her com­ing!

 

Hope you enjoyed the­se and it helps you under­stand Eng­lish slang words and phras­es bet­ter.

Best wish­es, Esther

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Aus­tralian Accent

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