Top 14 American Slang: English vocabulary lesson

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Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.  Can you use these common slang expressions in  
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English? Let's talk about it. "I didn't get a fair  shake." "Well, I guess that's just how it goes.  
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Can you use these slang expressions, " a fair  shake, and that's just how it goes? Well, today  
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I have four pieces of good news for you. Good news  number one. In today's lesson, you will learn 14  
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commonly used English slang or casual expressions  that you can use in daily conversation.  
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Good news number two, these slang expressions  are not just for teenagers or young people.  
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Anyone, including you, can use these  expressions. Good news number three,  
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like always, I have created a free PDF  worksheet with all of today's expressions,  
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slang, casual phrases, sample sentences,  ideas. At the bottom of the worksheet,  
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you can answer Vanessa's challenge question so  that you never forget what you are about to learn.  
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Make sure you click on the link in the description  to download that free PDF worksheet today. 
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Good news number four, if you enjoy today's lesson  and you would like to learn more real English for  
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daily conversations, all of these expressions  from this lesson have come from my course, The  
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Fearless Fluency Club. Like course member Ilkiko  Nemeth said, "I like the most that you teach us  
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real English." Gely said, "This is the best  course I've ever had." Click on the link in  
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the description to join me and thousands of other  motivated English learners from around the world  
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to speak real English in The Fearless Fluency  Club. All right. Let's get started with our 14  
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slang, casual English expressions. A buck, can you  guess what that means from this sample sentence?  
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When I was a waitress, I made 100 bucks each  night. I felt pretty good about that, especially  
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when I was in high school and in college.  That's a lot of money. Can you guess what it is?  
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It's a slang way to say $100. "I made 100 bucks  last night at the restaurant," or we could say,  
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"Yeah, I can't believe it. I bought that book for  just three bucks. That book was just three bucks." 
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Sometimes we use this expression "buck" to make  something seem really cheap. For example, if I  
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said that I bought something for 100 bucks,  you might think, "Well, that seems like a  
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lot of money, but what if I told you it was a new  iPhone? All of a sudden it seems like deal, right?  
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So we could say, "I can't believe that iPhone was  just 100 bucks. What a steal." This is a great  
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word to add to your vocabulary, sketchy, sketchy.  We often use the word "to sketch" to talk about  
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drawing, but that's not what we're talking about  here. Take a look at this sample sentence. Hitch  
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hiking has become a lot more sketchy in the  last decade, at least in the U.S. I don't know  
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if it's common in your country, but what can you  guess from this sentence? The word sketchy means  
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risky, untrustworthy, you feel quite  uncertain about it. We can even use this  
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to talk about people. "That guy looks sketchy." "I think I'm going to walk on the other side of  
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the road. He looks risky. Untrustworthy. He looks  sketchy," or you could say, "We just sided not to  
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cross the sketchy looking bridge." You could say,  The old bridge," "The bridge that looked like it  
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was going to fall down." You could use other words  or you could use the slang expression and say,  
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"That's a sketchy looking bridge. I  don't trust it. I don't want to cross it.  
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Out there, what if I told you, "I don't wear that  dress. It's too out there. It's not my style,"  
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out there. We can imagine that things that  are on earth are lovely and understandable and  
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reasonable and things that are out there are  a little bit weird. "So that dress, it's got  
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stripes, it's got polka dots, it's got feathers,  it's a little out there. It's not my style."  
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We could use this for people. "Bob is  pretty out there, but he has a kind heart." 
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You might think that Bob has some weird  ideas, maybe he is a little bit awkward  
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or an unusual person, but he has a kind  heart, so it's not always a bad thing.  
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I'd be careful maybe who you said it to make sure  they could take it in the right way. But you could  
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say "Bob's a little out there, but you know what?  He has a kind heart. I love hanging out with him."  
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To be cool with something, are we talking about  cool and warm? Nope. We're talking about cool,  
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man. So you could say, "The teacher was cool  with me using the classroom for some evening  
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study sessions." Can you guess what this means?  It's another way of saying that she was okay with  
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it. She approved of it. "The teacher was cool  with me using the classroom," or we could cut a  
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word from this and make it even more casual. You  can cut the verb "are" and you could say, "You  
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still cool with me coming over this afternoon. You  still cool with me coming over this afternoon." 
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It's okay to say, "Are you still cool with me  coming over this afternoon?" But sometimes we  
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cut off that "be" verb and make it even more  casual. "You still cool with me coming over this  
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afternoon?" "Yeah, I'm cool with it." Beautiful.  All I know, take a look at this sentence. All I  
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knew as a child was my small town. I had never  visited a big city. All I knew as a child,  
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we're talking about some limited knowledge here.  Usually, we use the word all to talk about a lot,  
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but instead here, we're talking about something  limited. All I knew as a child was my small town.  
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I had never been to a big city, so that  was something completely foreign to me.  
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Let's take a look at another sentence for  a slightly more nuanced way to use it.  
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Let's imagine that you just meet someone named  Sarah and she invites you to go play tennis  
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with her. Cool. That's a good first activity to  do with someone. You might tell your husband,  
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"Well, I don't really know Sarah for all.  I know she could be a tennis champion." 
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This is talking about your limited knowledge about  her, and it's a little bit of an exaggeration,  
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probably. If she was a tennis champion,  she would've told you and not invited you,  
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a normal person, to go play tennis with her,  but we can use this expression for all I know,  
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to talk about an exaggeration. For all I know,  maybe she's a tennis champion. For all I know,  
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maybe she's a terrible person. For all I know,  and you can use an exaggeration because you're  
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emphasizing, "I have limited knowledge about  her, so maybe this extreme thing could be true."  
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Chit chat. Chit chat. Chit chat. "It was nice to  run into her at the store. We got to chit chat  
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a bit." Do you think we had a deep, meaningful  conversation? No. The word chit chat just means  
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simple, inconsequential, not-so-important  conversation topics, but this is part of  
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talking with someone. You have a little bit of  chit chat, and then maybe you talk about deeper  
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things, or if you just see someone in the grocery  store, us have a little chit chat together. 
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A common expression that teachers say in the  classroom is this, "The teacher told us to  
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cut the chit chat and get back to studying."  This expression, "To cut the chit chat," you  
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can imagine cut it out. Stop chit chatting. You're  talking with your friends and you're not studying,  
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so the teacher say, "Hey guys, cut the  chit chat. Let's get back to studying,"  
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very common in the classroom. All sorts of, often,  this is said, "all sorts of." We do all sorts of  
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stuff when we go to the beach. All sorts of, like  can you get a feeling for this? Do we just do one  
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thing? "No, we do all sorts of stuff when we go to  the beach. We built sand castles. We swim in the  
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waves. Maybe we go play mini-golf. We do all sorts  of stuff when we go to the beach." This is just  
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a casual way to talk about a lot of things. "We  do all sorts of stuff when we go to the beach." 
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Let's take a look at this sentence. "I  love all sort sorts of movies, drama,  
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romance, horror. I love all sorts of movies,  of various kinds of movies." This is not  
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really true for me, not a big movie fan, but  maybe for you this is true. You might say,  
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"I love all sorts of movies. It doesn't matter  what kind as long as it's a decent movie, I'll  
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watch it. For me, this maybe is true for books.  I love all sorts of books. To come in handy,  
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take a look at this. Meditation techniques come in  handy when you're feeling stressed. They come in  
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handy. This means that they're useful. Meditation  techniques, maybe taking a couple of deep breaths,  
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clearing your mind, trying to not focus on the  stressful thing that can come in handy. It can be  
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useful when you're feeling stressed, or what about  this? "I figured my pocket knife would come I'm in  
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handy during my travels. It was very true. "When  I travel abroad, sometimes I buy a little pocket  
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knife because you always need to cut things." I've been so surprised, cut an apple, cut a  
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package, cut something, and it's nice to have a  little pocket knife with you. A pocket knife comes  
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in handy when you're traveling. If you're make  sure that you leave your pocket knife at home.  
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The airport will not be so happy about  that. I have experienced this before,  
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forgotten that I had my pocket knife on my key  chain like I usually do, and I had to leave it at  
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the airport. What a shame. But if you're traveling  domestically or you're not flying, it is useful to  
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have pocket knife. It can come in handy. The last  something, take a look at this sentence. The last  
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place I expected to meet my future husband was at  a bar. This was a sentence that one of my guests  
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in The Fearless Fluency Club said. She was telling  me that when she went to Hungary, she was at a bar  
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with her friends, and guess who she met at the  bar? Her future husband. They ended up having  
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a wonderful relationship, getting married. They  moved to the U.S. It's a beautiful romantic story. 
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She said, "The last place that I expected to meet  my future husband was at a bar." This means it was  
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a very unlikely occurrence. She was not expecting  this, the last place, but we can use other words  
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after the last as well. "The last person that  we expected to score a goal was Sam," poor Sam,  
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maybe he's no good at soccer or football and  everyone and says, "Oh, he's got the ball,  
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but there's no way that he's going to score  a goal." He's the last person we would expect  
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to score a goal, and then boom, he scores a  goal. This might be the phrase that you say,  
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"The last person we expected to score a goal  was Sam, but he did it. That's amazing."  
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That's just how it goes. You remember the  story I told you about where my guest married  
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a Hungarian man? Well, she also told me this  sentence. "My husband is a qualified doctor,  
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but it's not recognized in this country. I guess  that's just how it goes." Oh, so her husband was  
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a certified doctor in Hungary, but when he moved  to the U.S., they didn't accept his certification. 
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He would need to go through many more years of  schooling in order to be certified as a doctor  
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in the U.S. That's such a shame. I think we miss  out on a lot of good, talented people because of  
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these types of restrictions. So she said, "That's  just how it goes." Here, we can imagine her  
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acceptance of something that's probably not  very fair. "That's just how it goes." Maybe  
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this has happened to you. "My co-worker called  in sick, so I had to do all of her extra work.  
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I guess that's just how it goes. "Well, it's not  fair. Your co-worker is sick. It's not her fault,  
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but you have to do the extra work. That's not very  fair, but I guess that's just how it goes. You're  
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accepting an unfair situation. Talking about being  fair, a fair shake. If you are the oldest sibling,  
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maybe you have experienced this. "My mom never  gave me a fair shake. She always blamed me  
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instead of my little sister." This wasn't  exactly true, but I think as an older sibling,  
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we often feel that, right? "It's not  fair. You should blame her. Not me." 
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Can you imagine what this means? This is talking  about fair treatment, "I never got a fair shake,  
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so I'm receiving that fair treatment." "I never  got a fair shake," or if you are the parent or  
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the authority, "She never gave me a fair shake."  Let's take a look at another sentence. I feel like  
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I didn't get a fair shake with my volleyball team.  They didn't let me play as much as I thought I  
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should be allowed to play. It wasn't fair  treatment. I didn't get a fair shake from  
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the volleyball team. Our next expression is a  very fun one, fighting the man, or just the man.  
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So in The Fearless Fluency Club, one  of my guests was a lawyer named David.  
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He said that all of his co-workers wore suits and  ties, but he wore a tee-shirt and jeans. It was  
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allowed, and this was his way of fighting the man.  What could this possibly mean to fight the man?  
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We can imagine the man is authority, so it's  your way of rebelling against authority,  
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doing something that's against what the  authority wants. "I'm fighting the man." 
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So for teenagers, they might say,  "When we sprayed graffiti on that wall,  
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my friends and I thought that we were fighting  the man, but really we were just being dumb."  
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So the teenagers thought that they were  doing something to tell the authorities,  
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"You don't have control over us. We're fighting  the man," but in reality, they were just  
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doing something dumb. They thought they were  fighting the man, when in reality, they weren't.  
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Our last slang casual expression today is solid,  solid. We could use this in a very literal way.  
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That piece of wood is solid. It's not hollow. But  I want to show you this in a more figurative way.  
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What if I said to you, "A Honda Civic is a good,  solid car." It's not hollow? No. In this case,  
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we're talking about reliable. It's not fancy. It's  not shiny. It doesn't have lots of cool stuff,  
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it's just a reliable car. It is a solid car. You  could use this for place of work. Let's imagine  
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that you're a barista at Starbucks. You might  say, "Starbucks is a solid company to work for. 
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They treat you well, you get a free bag of coffee  every week, not too bad. Starbucks is a solid,  
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reliable company to work for." Well, I hope that  this was a solid lesson and you learned all sorts  
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of useful stuff. Don't forget to click on the  link in the description to download the free  
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PDF worksheet with all of these slang expressions,  sample sentences and ideas. You can answer  
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Vanessa's challenge question at the bottom of the  worksheet so that you never forget what you've  
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learned. If you want to continue learning real  English with me and join a community of thousands  
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of motivated English learners from around the  world, I invite you to join me in The Fearless  
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Fluency Club. You'll have access to a community of  passionate English learners from around the world  
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I know a lot of you enjoy. What is something that  comes in handy when you travel? Is it a suitcase?  
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