3 popular slang words in British English

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3 popular slang words in British English

Learn the most popular slang used in England! I’ll teach you the definitions of these words and how you can use them to sound posh, middle class, or childish! We’ll be looking at: „sorted”, a trendy word that is often used in advertising; „innit”, a very common word that you can use in informal conversations; and „dab”, which is most often used by children and usually includes a bit of a dance. You won’t learn this slang vocabulary in grammar books, so watch this video, then do the quiz at https://www.engvid.com/3-popular-slang-words-in-british-english/


Hey, everyone. In this lesson we’re going to talk about three slang words that I hear around in London all the time. I’m sitting on a bus, someone uses this word; walking down the street in the supermarket, hear these words. These words are just, like, following me around or something because I’m hearing them way too often. So these must be the most well-used, most fashionable slang words at this time. Okay?

Let’s start with number one: „Sorted”. „Sorted” is a word from the 1990s, and it seemed to die for a while and nobody was using it, but now everyone’s like: „Sorted. Sorted.” You use „sorted” when you have just finished or agreed to something, and now it’s done, so you say: „Sorted”. „Sorted” as in done or fixed. So someone could say to you: „Have you got…? Have you got the food ready for the dinner party this evening?” You go: „Sorted. Sorted.” And people do that kind of enthusiastic movement, like… Or like little proud eye: „Sorted. Sorted.” And I always think it looks a bit lame when people say: „Sorted”, or I think they’re trying to look cool when they say it. But it seems to be… It seems to be said a lot at the moment, it’s used in a lot of advertisements. See it, watch it. Sorted. So it must be… Must be really hip and trendy now. When… In my… In my ears this is, like, someone who’s trying to hold on really hard to the 1990s and they still think it’s cool to say, in my mind. Maybe I missed out on why this is so cool. And I also think it’s quite yuppie, kind of yuppie kind of… Yuppie kind of word, so you’ve got a bit of money. Maybe you’re not that cool, but you’d like to think you are and you… Or maybe you’ve got enough money to buy cool things and go to cool places, but you’re still not really that cool. You might be the kind of person who says: „Sorted. Sorted.” Okay.

Let’s move on to the next word which is a classic, an absolute classic, but one that endures is: „Innit”. „Do you get what I’m saying, mate? You’re having a laugh, aren’t ya? You better take that back to your shop. Innit”? „Innit” means „isn’t it”, but it gets put on the end of when you say something to show that you’re finished speaking, but also to emphasize what you said before. It means: „Isn’t it”. I did a shouting example then, but I can say… If I want you… It’s a question type, so I can say: „Oh, the weather’s terrible today. Innit?”, „The weather’s really bad today. Isn’t it?” You can put… You can put it at the end of any statement to either emphasize or make someone agree with you. So whereas „sorted” was the… Let’s say more upper-class word, „innit” is the more working-class word. And if you wanted… If maybe if you are a bit posh and you didn’t want everybody to know, you might use the word „innit” sometimes just so you can, like, look like you’re cool with the kids.

Next example, really hot right now is: „Dab!” Just dabbing. You say „dab” if you do something that you think is really cool and you were successful at it. So, let’s say I thought it was really cool to flip this pen and catch it… I didn’t ca-… I can’t dab. Right? I’m going to try it again. I’ve got more pens. Right? As long as I catch… Dab, dab. Dab. I’m dabbing. Okay? So that’s what „dab” is. It translates as awesome or really cool, like: „Oh, unbelievable”. Like: „Everybody cheer. Dab! Dab!” That’s „dab”. Dab’s really hot right now. „Dab” is said by 12-year-olds and under. They can be of any… Any class. So let’s just put „kids” here.

They are the three hottest slang words of today in London. Thanks for watching. See you again soon. Bye.