20 Common English Expressions you HAVE to Know (with Examples) (+ Free PDF & Quiz)

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Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy. Today, I am going to teach you
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some of the most commonly used slang phrases. I've got 20 to show you and I'm going to tell
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you exactly what they mean. I have also created a free PDF that you can download and keep
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and use for your studies. If you'd like to download that, click on the link in the description
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box, you enter your name, your email. You sign up to my mailing list and I send the
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sheet directly to your inbox. Before we get started, I would just like to thank the sponsor
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the description box, will get a free trial of Skillshare premium membership. Right, let's
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get started with the slang phrases all 20 of them, right, let's start with an easy one.
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Number one, you might've heard it before but it's also a word that sometimes confuses students
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'cause they don't know exactly when to use it. It is, what's up, what's up. Some people
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use this word just as hello. Just a simple greeting, but other people use it to ask,
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what are you doing? Or what are you thinking? It all depends on tone of voice and context.
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If I do a quick what's up, that's a hello. If I say, hey, what's up? That means, are
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you okay, is something that matter? What are you thinking? The next one is, do you get
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me? Do you get me? Sometimes we drop the do, and we just say, you get me, you get me? This
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means, do you understand what I'm saying? Or sometimes, do you understand me? Get is
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a really confusing word, it has loads of meetings. I have made a video about the word get, I
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will leave a link in the description box. In this case, it means understand, I get it.
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I understand it, do you get it? 'Cause I don't get it. Do you understand it? 'Cause I don't
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understand it. If someone says I like him because he really gets me. It means he understands
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me as a person. He understands what I like and what I dislike. The next one, number three
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is, you know it, you know it, I really like this one. It means absolutely, or that's true.
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If I ask a friend who always goes to parties, are you going to the party tonight? They might
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say, you know it, absolutely. Sometimes we use it sarcastically. If I ask my friend with
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a newborn baby, have you been getting lots of sleep? She might say, you know it, absolutely.
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But in reality, she means, no, I obviously haven't been getting lots of sleep. Number
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four is, I feel you. This means I understand or I empathise with you. If somebody's telling
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you about a problem that they've experienced and you've experienced that same problem,
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you could respond with, I feel you, I understand, I empathise. The same thing happened to me,
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I totally feel you. Or if you're asking if somebody understands or empathises with you,
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do you feel me, do you feel me? Number five is, same or same here. Sometimes you just
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say same, sometimes we say same here. This means I agree or I've had the same experience.
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Did you fail the exam, same here, I did too. This also happened to me. Or if someone says,
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I hate broccoli and you also hate broccoli. Same, I can't stand broccoli, I love broccoli.
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Number six is, hell no, hell no. It's so expressive, it means absolutely not. That is a big no,
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we really like to emphasise hell no. Would you ever get back with your ex-boyfriend,
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hell no. Are you going out tonight? Hell no, I'm going to get straight into my pyjamas.
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Number seven is, shady. Shady, this word has become much more popular in recent years.
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If something is shady, then it's suspicious or questionable. If I say, that's so shady,
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it means that such suspicious or questionable behaviour. Obviously it's much easier to say
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shady. That's so suspicious and questionable. For example it was shady of her to leave the
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WhatsApp group. Or, I thought that was a bit shady of him. Number eight, legend. If someone
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is a legend, it means that you really like them. He's a legend, he's great, I really
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like him. Do you know Mary? I love Mary, she's such a legend, she's amazing. Sometimes we
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use it to talk about people that we don't necessarily like, we don't like or dislike
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them. Just that they're well known in our community or area. For example, the petrol
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station attendant is such a legend. Everyone knows him. Number nine, epic. That was epic,
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that means that was incredible. That was unforgettable. We had an epic night last night. This brings
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me onto my next one. Number 10, which is an epic fail. If something is an epic fail, it
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means it's a massive failure. I asked him out on a date and it was an epic fail he said
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no. My exam was an epic fail, I know that I haven't passed. Number 11 is, ripped, ripped.
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If somebody is ripped, it means they are really muscly or in shape. Oh my God, your dad is
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absolutely ripped, he is so muscly. I don't know whose dad I'm talking about, mine actually,
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my dad is 60 and has a six pack. Number 12, I must say I feel silly using this one but
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a lot of people use it. It just doesn't sound right coming out of my mouth. But it is bomb.
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It sounds so much better when Americans say it, that is bomb, but bomb from my mouth,
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it doesn't sound right. If something is bomb, then it's great. Oh, your shoes are bomb,
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your shoes are lovely. I thought I'd share it with you because maybe you can make it
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work, I can't make it work. Number 13 is flake or flaky. If somebody is a flake or if somebody
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is flaky, it means that they always pull out. This is a phrase verb, meaning that at the
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last minute, they decide not to go or not to attend something that they had originally
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said they would attend. So if on Monday you said that on Wednesday you would go to the
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cinema with your friend and then a Wednesday afternoon you say, ah, actually I can't, you're
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a flake, you are flaky. Don't be a flake, you have to come tonight. Number 14 is no
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sweat, no sweat. This means don't worry, don't worry, it's not a problem. For example, when
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my fiance went to the shops specifically to buy deodorant for me and he came back with
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so many things but no deodorant. I said, no sweat, that's fine. That was a lie, there
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was a lot of sweat. 15, this means the same thing, no biggie. This means it's not a big
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deal. No biggie, don't worry, no biggie, no biggie, no sweat. Number 16, this is new-ish
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too. Putting ish on the end of words means kind of, sort of, new, kind of new, new-ish.
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I'm down, are you down? 'Cause I'm down. This actually means to be up for something. So
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it's kind of the opposite. And to be up for something means to feel keen or to want to
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do something. Do you want to go ice skating? Are you up for ice skating, are you down for
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ice skating? I'm down for ice skating. You're down, I'm down, okay we're down, we are down.
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Number 17 is a blast. I had a blast the other night. I had a great time, to have a blast
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is to have a really good time. I had a blast at the library last night. Oh again, we can
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also use it sarcastically. If we're studying for exams and we've spent all night studying
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in the library we might say, I had such a blast last night, sarcasm. If you want to
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learn more about sarcasm, I did actually make a video on British humour. It's called British
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Humour Explained With Examples. I will leave the link in the description box 'cause I think
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that's an important one if you want to understand British humour in particular. Number 18, a
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rip-off, a rip-off. If something is a rip-off then it is an overpriced purchase. I spent
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£100 on a dress and then I saw the same dress for £20, what a rip-off. Or you can also
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say I got ripped off or they ripped me off, a phrasal verb. Last night was such a rip
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off, the drinks were so expensive. Do you remember when we could all go out for drinks
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and complain about how expensive they were? I want to go out for expensive drinks, I want
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to complain. If you're watching from the future and COVID's over, can you comment and tell
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me it's going to be okay. Number 19, in no time, in no time, he'll be here in no time.
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In no time means in a very short amount of time. Really, really soon, you'll be finished
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with uni in no time. You'll be finished with uni very, very soon. Uni, short for university.
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Did you go to uni, yes, I went to uni. The last one, number 20 is to bail. If you say
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I have to bail, it means I have to leave early or abruptly. We've all done it before. We've
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been at a party, we haven't been feeling it. You know, we haven't been enjoying it. So
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instead of going round and saying goodbye to everyone, we just very quietly and quickly
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leave. We phone up the next day and say so sorry I bailed, I just had to go home, that
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is baling. Right, that is it for my 20 very common slang phrases. I hope you enjoyed it
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and I hope you learnt something. Remember, I have got the full guide to all of these
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phrases, all we've got to do is click on the link in the description box, enter your name
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and your email address, you sign up to my meeting list and I send it directly to your
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inbox. Thank you once again to the sponsor of today's video, Skillshare. Remember that
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the first 1000 of my students to click on the link in the description box will get a
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free trial of Skillshare premium membership. Don't forget to connect with me on all of
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my social media. I've got my Facebook, my Instagram and my website, Englishwithlucy.co.uk.
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I will see you soon for another lesson.
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