My friend Kelly used to work at an Italian Pizzeria in Canterbury. She worked with many Italian chefs and would compliment them on the daily pasta specials looking ‘sick’.
Their response was usually one of embarrassment or anger, thinking she had insulted their cooking. A basic cardinal sin in Italy. This led to an awkward work environment to say the least, until so explained ‘sick’ was not an insult at all but in fact a compliment!
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Today we will be exploring idiomatic phrases that I would say are rare gems of slang. Before we start, I want to give you some context.
You and your friend have decided to go for a day at the beach, you have been planning this trip for a long time, you have organised everything and finally the morning comes. Just as you are about to set off your friend, who should be driving informs you that his driving license expired one month ago!
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Things don’t seem easy these days, whether you’re setting up an online bank account, learning how to work i-teach platform to teach your students, or finding the right ingredients in the supermarket to make your boyfriend’s favorite cake.
I hope things feel easier soon, and to prepare you for when they are I have a few phrases to teach you today.
Imagine it is summer 2019 and you want to go to the beach, well hop in your car, drive for twenty 20 minutes and Bob’s your uncle you are there!
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As I have been trapped inside for a while now, I have been “face timing” many of my close friends who are far away, as I am sure you have all been doing. While speaking to my closest friend Ella I commented:
- “woah! Your face looks absolutely beat!”
You may think this comment is strange as in formal beat BEAT the word beat has negative and strong connotations.
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Before we get started I wanted to say a few words about the current global situation.
In desperate times we feel panicked and scared for many reasons. I want to thank everyone who is helping us during this crisis, especially doctors and nurses tirelessly working against this pandemic.
All we can do is wait, be kind to each other and most importantly stay inside.
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This weekend I have been lazy, I have gone shopping, tidied my flat and spent some time with my chum… Louisa what are you talking about now? What are your chums?
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While telling my Italian friends about my good friend Ollie from Glasgow I said “he is a good bloke”. Bloke? what nationality is that? No it is not a nationality! So what is my friend Ollie?
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You are listening to our fourth and final episode specialising on slang and money!
Ok on to our next slang term for money… a pony. I can hear you asking me- Louisa why are we now talking about a baby horse? Spelt the same P-O-N-Y pony actually means 25 pounds.
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You are listening to our third episode specialising on slang and money!
Today we are starting by looking at the most common and widely used slang terms. I was in a bar recently with my Italian friend, i bought some drinks and she asked me how much i owed her.
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In our most recent episodes we are discussing slang words for money! Something key when travelling to a different country or even speaking a new language! Today we will be examining slang words for the British Pound Coin.
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