Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

What does it mean when a native English speaker says that they are “chill”?

Today learn 7 different ways to say that you are relaxed in English plus get a bonus phrases that will make you sound natural, relaxed, and carefree in English.


Hi Lindsay, Michelle,

“How have you been?

I’ve been an active listener for a long time and as always, thank you so much for the work on AEE. You girls rock it every day. Recently I’ve read a highlight that catch my attention due to the following expression:

‘While You Were Offline: Yeah North Korea Really Chill of You to Ban Sarcasm’


I’m really confused about this expression, in fact I never heard that before. Please, could you lovely podcasters help me? What does that ‘chill of someone’ means? Thank you so much.”


Fernando, from Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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What does “to be chill” mean?

It means to be relaxed, laid back, and carefree.

Be careful! This word “chill” is sometimes used also to talk the air temperature when we say “there is a chill in the air” but this is a different usage.


What is sarcasm?

Sarcasm happens when we say something that is the opposite of what we mean but we use a tone of voice that shows sarcasm or some aspect of the context makes it obvious we are being sarcastic.

Why did they use this headline?

In the article they used this headline: ‘While You Were Offline: Yeah North Korea Really Chill of You to Ban Sarcasm’

According to the media Kim Jon Un has banned sarcasm in North Korea because people were insulting him by using sarcasm.

In the title ‘While You Were Offline: Yeah North Korea Really Chill of You to Ban Sarcasm’ they are being sarcastic.

It’s not CHILL at all of them. It’s actually a very uptight action for them to take.


Other ways to say “to be chill”:

  • To be laid back
  • To be relaxed
  • Happy-go-lucky
  • Breezy
  • Nonchalant
  • Easygoing
  • Carefree
  • To not have a care in the world


*Bonus phrase: “It’s no biggie”

This phrase means “it’s no big deal” and natives use this phrase all of the time in natural conversations.


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