Bits of real English Brittany Ríos Karly ZagoracJosé A. Alcalde
What? Here are some common expressions used in oral communication among native young English speakers. They are in standard English but also with references to American (AmE) and British (BrE) English varieties when necessary. We do not include swear or very local slang expressions as they are out of our scope.
Why? Our students sound too “bookish” or formal when talking to native speakers of English. These expressions are rarely found in textbooks and teachers do not spend enough time teaching them. Students love repeating and using these expressions all the time for funs sake (all the better for teachers).
When? These expressions should be learnt as soon as possible There is no need to wait for a specific age, competence, level, etc. They can be dealt with in special lessons, regularly or as the teacher thinks may be best. These expressions are not an “extra” for late Friday lessons. This should be an important part of the curriculum.
How? These expressions are organised into headings for clarity reasons. As with our mother tongue, they are the result of the economy of the language (set phrases to be uttered after the right prompt). No grammar nor vocabulary explanations are required. They should become automatised just like that.
GreetingHi! / Hi five!Dude! (AmE) = Mate! (BrE)How you doing? = Hows it going?Whats up? = Whats new?Whats going on!? (AmE)Howve you been? (AmE)Long time no see!
Getting attentionExcuse me! / Sorry to interrupt!Guess what? = Youll never guess what!Listen up! (AmE)Pardon meCan I help you?Can I add something there?Just a minute please? = Just one sec / second
AgreeingYeah! = Okey dokey!Me too! ≠ Neither me!Sure thing! (AmE) = For sure! (AmE)Go ahead!Totally = Definitely = CoolYou bet! (AmE) = Yep! (AmE)I agree! = Exactly! = So true!Tell me about it!
DisagreeingNo way! = In your dreams! = Youre dreaming!Over my dead body! = Fat Chance!Yeah, right! (Ironic)Never gonna happen!No, period! = End of storyNot in a million years! = Never in a million years = Never in your lifetime!
When eatingYum! = Yummy! = Delicious!Yuk! = Yukkie! = Eww! = Disgusting!Nasting! = Gross! = Minging!Im so hungry I could eat a horse!Im starving! = Im famished!I got the munchies (AmE) = I’m peckish (BrE) ( hungry for a snack)
With new technologiesThe computer just frozeThis picture is too grainyThis file is bulkyIm into social networkingWe love textingI usually skype with my friends abroadI just got the new Mac!You a Mac or PC person?
When playingIm in! ≠ Im out!Fair play ≠ Foul playIt aint walk in the park = It was difficultIt was pretty hard ≠ (Its) piece of cake!Dont jump the gun! = Take it easy!Deal or no deal? (AmE)Get the ball rollingHe is in time out
Something is wrongOops!Oh, no! = Oh, dear! = Oh man!Dear heavens = Oh crap! (BrE)OMG = Oh my God! = Oh my Gosh!What happened?! = Whats wrong?Whats the trouble now?Whats going on?Tell me everything!
EnjoyingWe had a great time!This is real fun!We are having a blast! (BrE)Totally amazing!We gotta do that/it again!That was awesome!Best time ever!!We are having a ball! (BrE)
SucceedingWe did it!Good job! = Outstanding! = Well done!Nice try!You are the best!You rock!Go us!We rocked it/that!We rule!
TeasingMonkey see, monkey do!Who cares?Im going to die of boredomDont be such a baby!I was just playing around! = Im just messing with you!Stop nagging me!Knock it off!
ThankingI appreciate it!You saved my day!Cheers!Youre the best!I owe you one!You really came threw! = You really came handy!I couldnt have done it without you!
Good-byeingSee you! = See ya! = See you soon!See you later! = Later! = See ya later alligator, in a while crocodile!Have a nice day! (AmE)Got to go! (AmE) = Must dash! (BrE)Cheerio! (BrE) = Ta-ta (BrE)Well be in touch!Take care!
Bits of real English (more examples can be found in a PDF document available HERE) Brittany Ríos Karly ZagoracJosé A. Alcalde