Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you heard somebody say that they’re “hangry”?

Are there words like this that you don’t understand or know how to use in conversation?

It’s a combination of the word “hungry” and “angry”.

There are many other words out there that can be confusing to use in English.

We’re going to show you why it’s important to learn about them, and how you can use them naturally in conversation for a fun twist.


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Language Is Constantly Changing

It’s one thing to keep up with proper vocabulary and verb tenses.

This is why we teach beyond just the academic, because there’s an entire other side to this.

Language is constantly changing, particularly the type that we use in everyday conversation.

Here are a couple of points about this and why it’s so important.

  • Language is always changing, and it’s important for even the dictionary to keep up with it
  • The dictionary only adds words that are already used frequently–therefore it’s natural how these new words come to be
  • We need to keep up with the language or at least be aware of it. The style of speaking changes all the time, and we need to keep up with that. There’s a big difference between words in a dictionary and everyday conversation.

You have to go beyond just the textbooks, and this is why we encourage you to have social interactions and everyday conversations to really grasp English.


Other Fun Words To Use In Conversation

There are other fun words that may be new to you, but can be great for using in conversation.

Understanding what these words are and how to use them can help you to really master conversations you have in real life.

Again this takes your vocabulary beyond just a textbook and helps you to be prepared to enjoy great conversations--this is how you make connections!

  • Fav (favorite): It’s often used by a younger crowd to indicate that something is your favorite or that you really like something. It’s just a shorter version of favorite, but it’s more common in a relaxed conversation. It may be used in a sarcastic or playful way. 
    • “I just love going there for coffee–it’s my fav!”
  • Guac (guacamole): This is so common for a favorite food. It’s not that it’s hard to figure out, but you have to get comfortable in using it. This shows how popular that avocados have become because guac is used so widely.
    • “Let’s go get some chips and guac!”
  • Airplane mode (words dealing with technology also): Technology evolves and with it so does the language. Airplane mode is when you are on a plane or somewhere you don’t want someone to call you or to use the internet. It’s used frequently when traveling, but it can also be helpful if you don’t want to quite turn your phone off.
    • “Make sure you put your phone in airplane mode so you don’t get charged but can still use your camera.”
  • Zoodles (zucchini noodles): This is a newer word but undoubtedly one that you have heard used a lot. This speaks to the many health and diet trends going on right now. This is a substitute for pasta or carbs because it’s basically spiralized zucchini, which acts as noodles. You can find this item almost anywhere right now.
    • “Hmm, should I get pasta? No, too many carbs. I’ll have some zoodles please.”
  • Flight (beer): This has come about due to the great popularity of craft beer. This is like a sampler of a few different kinds of beer, but in a smaller portion. You hear it used a lot, particularly at breweries.
    • “Hmm, what do I want?I guess I”ll get a flight and then decide.”



Keep up to date with language.

It’s not enough to learn it and never try to learn new words.

Always think about how and why language is changing, and keep an ear our for new ways of expression.

These new words and others like them say a lot about the culture.

These are great words to use in conversation and to make connections with on a very casual and fun basis.

Remember to try them out at a party or social situation!


If you have any questions, please leave the below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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