Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Speaking a new language should be fun!

To add some color and connection to your language sometimes you should throw in a rhyme or two.

This will make native speakers feel closer to you because you are familiar with the same cute cultural sayings that they are familiar with.

Natives learn some of these phrases when they are kids so when you use them it will quickly build that connection between you and them.


Common American sayings and rhymes:

“Easy peasy” This means that something is very easy, it’s similar to saying “It’s a piece of cake.”

  • “Okey dokey, smokey”: This is a fun way of agreeing to something or saying “okay.”
  • “No pain no gain”: This means that you can’t win without hard work and maybe a bit of suffering.
  • “You snooze, you lose”: This means that someone who does not take action or takes action too late will not come out on top and will not experience success.
  • “See you later alligator, in a while crocodile” : A fun way of saying goodbye, this is often used by kids.
  • “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite!” : A cute saying that a lot of parents might say to their kids as they are tucking them into bed.
  • “What’s shakin bacon?” This means what’s going on? What’s happening? How are you?
  • “What’s up buttercup?” Another way of greeting someone and saying hi, usually only used with someone close to you like a partner or you might say this to your child.
  • “What’s the word, hummingbird?”: Another greeting, a fun way of saying hello.


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These sayings and phrases are used more to lightly comment on something, start a conversation, or end a conversation.

They are not necessarily used as a part of a full sentence.

In Cockney slang, rhymes are used to mean different words! Take a look at some of these


What questions do you have about these phrases?

Go out and try to use these.

Let us know how it goes!

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