AEE 690: 5 British Phrases that Most Americans Don’t Know with Dan from English Across the Pond

Today we have a guest on the show!
Our guest today is Dan from English Across The Pond
Dan is from England. Today Dan will show us 5 natural, everyday phrases that locals use in England to connect with each other. These are phrases that most native American English speakers don’t know.
Today you’ll learn what they are and how to use them in fun conversations with natives!

 

 Should you learn British or American English?
It doesn’t really matter. It’s more important to build your vocabulary and build fluency so that you can connect.

 

English words from England that Americans don’t know:

 

  • #1) “Minging”- If something is disgusting or gross we can use this word. If you see something that makes you feel sick in your stomach you should say, “Uh that’s minging” and in American English we might say “Uh that’s gross.”
  • #2) “To chinwag”- This means to chat or talk with someone casually. It could be used as a noun or a verb. You might “have a chinwag” with a friend when you go out for a coffee.
  • #3) “To be as thick as two short planks”- This expression can be used to describe someone who is not intelligent or who does something that is stupid or clumsy.
  •  #4) “To give someone a bell”- To call someone. In American English we might say, “I’ll give you a ring” or “I’ll give you a call.”
  •  #5) “hunky-dory” – fine, no problem. You could say, “My sister and her boyfriend had a huge fight and she was going to move out but they have talked it over and now everything is hunky-dory again.”

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Dan’s Bio:
Hello! My name’s Dan and I’m from England. I’ve been teaching English for over 20 years in both Asia and Europe & started the podcast English Across The Pond in the summer of 2016 with my American co-host Jennifer. Together we aim to take our listeners English to the next level through a mix of chat, fun & language improvement. Nice to meet you!
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