Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you kept up with new English slang?

Listen in on today’s episode to learn three new English slang phrases.

These will add color and playfulness to your conversations.

This will also help you connect with people of any generation.

English Slang

Aubrey shares with Lindsay that she took a hike and didn’t take enough water.

The sun can be very brutal if you don’t stay hydrated when doing strenuous activity.

They say the Utah desert is definitely no joke.

  • no joke: very serious

Today’s episode has been inspired by what a student said in one of Aubrey’s classes.

The student said, “I’m impressed how those children show respects to their parents.”

This was a mistake of adding ‘s’ to the word ‘respect’ in that sentence.

The student then mentioned she had heard ‘pay respects’ or ‘show respects.’

Lindsay and Aubrey are going to dive deeper into how to properly use this word.

They’ll teach you the difference between showing respect and paying respects.

The grammar of respect

There are so many ways to use this word in a conversation.

Here are a few that Lindsay and Aubrey will clarify how to use correctly.

#1: Pay respects

Whenever you have the word ‘pay’ followed by the word ‘respect’ it differs from saying ‘show respect.’

To pay your respects is related to death.

This is a polite visit to a funeral or celebration of life.

When someone has died, you pay your respects to them.

This is used exclusively at funerals.


We are attending my aunt’s funeral to pay our respects.

#2: Show respect

Showing respect isn’t just associated with funerals.

The difference between this and ‘pay respects’ is it is in singular form.

This just means to treat someone with respect.

It’s easy to get confused whether to add ‘s’ or not.


Please show respect to the speaker by turning off all cellphones.

Do children show respect today as they did in the past?

#3: With all due respect

This is often used to soften or mitigate disagreement or criticism.

You would hear this being said before a disagreement.

This is a very formal phrase.


With all due respect, I disagree with your opinion.

With all due respect, I think what you’re saying is insensitive.

#4: With respect to

This is the same as saying ‘regarding.’

This is used to say something relates to another thing.


The groups were similar with respect to age and performance.

With respect to our sales numbers, the market increases could be seen in the last quarter.


Here is a quick roleplay using the phrases shared in today’s episode so you can better understand how to use them in a conversation.

In this scenario, Lindsay and Aubrey are chatting at a funeral.

Aubrey: I’m so glad that so many people came to pay their respects.
Lindsay: Yeah. She was clearly well-loved and respected.
Aubrey: I’m glad my children showed respect during the funeral. They can be quite rambunctious.
Lindsay: With all due respect, I did see them running and screaming in the church foyer.
Aubrey: Oh no! That does not surprise me. With respect to their behavior, it’s been a bit crazy lately.


Learning a new language can be daunting but that shouldn’t make you hesitant to learn.

Making mistakes is normal and you must keep an open mind.

Don’t be afraid of saying the wrong thing and letting it keep you from making a good connection with others.

Now that you know the different phrases using the word respect, practice them today!

What other phrases confuse you?

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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