As many of you know, British English can sometimes be difficult to understand as we tend to use a lot of natural expressions, idioms and slang that is not used anywhere else in the world, so I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you to some British slang expressions commonly used in the UK.
Quid (n) = pounds
Ex. ‘Can you lend me a few quid for the train?’ / A: ‘How much does that cost?’ B: ‘Just a few quid’
Make a brew (ph.) = make a cup of tea
Murder (v) = 1. Kill someone 2. Eat or drink with gusto.
Ex. ‘I’m making a brew. Do you want one?’ / ‘I’m so thirsty. I could murder a brew.’
Cheers! (Ph.) =
1. To toast when drinking. Ex. ‘Cheers everyone!’
2. Good-bye! Ex. ‘Thanks for the meal, Sarah. See you tomorrow. Cheers!’
3. Thanks! Ex. ‘Cheers for the money you lent me.’
Chuck (v) = pass or throw casually
Ex. ‘Chuck me the remote. I want to change the channel’
Dodgy (adj) = suspicious
Ex. ‘That man dressed in black on the corner looks really dodgy. He keeps staring at me.’
(My back) is killing me! (ph.) = (My back) hurts!
Ex. ‘I was awake until 3.00 a.m. working last night and now my neck is killing me!’
Well / dead (adv.) = really
Ex. ‘The sushi at that place is well nice’ / ‘She’s dead good at singing.’
Alright? (ph.) = used as a greeting
Ex. ‘A: Alright, Noel?’ B: ‘Alright.’
What do you think? Can you use these phrases?
I look forward to hearing you use these slang expressions in your general conversation classes!