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4 Reasons Why English Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need English slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning English slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak English? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning English or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout English Culture

If you turn on any popular English TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning English slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, English culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate English slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning English slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual English people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from English TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right English slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At EnglishClass101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the English slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

English slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
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English Slang Part I

For English learners: You need to know that, unfortunately, the real world looks a bit different from what you learnt, more confusing and less structured with the use of slang. Here we will tell you why you must study slang, and you will learn 5 of the most used English slangs in everyday life and how to use them properly!

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Slang is an aspect of language that isn’t usually taught in the classroom but is an important part of becoming proficient in any language. A person learning English might attend daily classes. They might study the grammar and the formalities and might even produce complex and coherent sentences. But, take this student out of the classroom and away from the textbooks, and they will encounter a world of language that breaks the rules they learned.

Although studying proper English rules is important, slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re speaking. In drama and music, conversations and advertising, language becomes less formal and goes less and less “by the rules”. Real-life English is so different from the textbooks.

Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

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It’s time to cover common English slang expressions that are used every day in the United States!

1.Get it? = Did you understand it?

Get it? is an informal way of asking whether a person understands something.
For example, if someone says “I got the joke, but he didn’t get it,” it means that the speaker understood the joke, but the other person did not.

Got it? I can tell you once again..

2. Flaky = Someone who constantly cancels plans, often at the last minute

Many people have a friend who’s flaky. You make a plan a week in advance, you show up to the venue and your friend suddenly texts you, “Sorry! I can’t make it.” This person would be considered flaky: one who constantly cancels plans, often at the last minute.

Jennifer is really flaky; she always cancels our plans!

3. Dead = Empty or not popular

This word is usually used to describe someone who is deceased. However, as a slang word, it’s used to describe an unpopular place or a place where there are not a lot of people. For example, if you and your friends go out on a Saturday night to a bar, and there are only a few people there, you can say, This bar is really dead.

This club is dead; let’s go to another one.

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4. Cushy = Comfortable or nice


Cushy is another way to say “comfortable” or “nice.” It can also be used to describe a really great job. If your friend gets paid 100,000 dollars a year, has health benefits, and gets to travel the world, you could say that he or she has a cushy job.

My roommate has a really cushy job. He gets paid $10,000 a month.

5. Eating away at = To bother or upset

This phrase has nothing to do with lunch. In fact, it might make you lose your appetite. The phrase eating away at means something is really bothering you or upsetting you and you can’t seem to shake it. For example, if you’re in a difficult situation and are becoming very stressed you could say, [The problem] is eating away at me.

I don’t know what to do; it’s really eating away at me.

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