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This week in English Conversation Club, we learned a whole bunch of American slang! We thought it would be fun for everyone to discuss some of the Continue reading »

This week in English Conversation Club, we learned a whole bunch of American slang! We thought it would be fun for everyone to discuss some of the phrases in English that might be slightly obscure or hard to understand. So, Shirley and Lani made a list of slang words and phrases we knew or had heard before. Here are some of the highlights!

ditto: a way of saying “me too” after someone makes a statement. (ex: “I’m really hungry.  I could go for some pizza.” “Ditto!”)

spill the beans: when you accidentally tell a secret you were trying to keep. (ex: “I was hoping this would be a surprise party, but Joe spilled the beans!”)

up for grabs: when something is available for anyone to take. (ex. “I have some extra snacks. They’re up for grabs!”)

what’s going down?: another way of asking “what’s happening?” (ex. “Hey guys, what’s going down?”)

sweating bullets: a phrase to describe someone who is very nervous or apprehensive. (ex. “I have to give a speech in my next class. I’m sweating bullets.”)

We had a lot of fun discussing phrases and words like these, and many more. We hope you’ll join us next week to practice using slang while talking with fellow students!

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