5 Common “Slang” Words in English

Slang language is everyday language from real-life.
Here’s a run down on some of the most common slang.
It will help you understand your friends better, it will help you fit in and of course it will help you avoid any more embarrassing situations.

1. Awesome

(adj) is such a popular slang word in English all over the world and you’ll hear everyone from the young to old saying it. When you use the word awesome, you’re expressing that you think something is wonderful or amazing. It can be used in a sentence or it could be used in a one word reply.

Example 1)
“What did you think of Wolf on Wall Street?”
“It was awesome! I loved it!” (They thought it was a great movie).

2. Cool

(adj) like awesome means ‘great’ or ‘fantastic’. It also shows that you’re okay with an idea. Be careful the normal meaning of cool means a little cold so you have to listen to it in context to understand what’s being said.

Example 1)
“How’s the weather in Canada these days?”
“It’s getting cooler. Winter’s coming!” (This is the literal meaning a little cold)

3. To be beat

(adj) In normal terms ‘beat’ would be used meaning ‘to win’ Manchester United beat Liverpool, or ‘to hit’ Marko, stop beating your brother, however, in slang or everyday English it means something completely different. If you hear your friend saying I’m beat, it means he or she is very tired or exhausted.

Example 1)
“Do you want to go out tonight? There’s a cool new rock bar that’s just opened.”
“Sorry, I can’t. I’m beat and I have to wake up early tomorrow.”

4. To hang out

(verb) If someone asks you where you usually hang out, they want to know in which place you prefer to be when you have free time. And if your friend asks you if you want to hang out with them, they’re asking you if you’re free and want to spend some time together. And what about if you ask your friend what they’re doing and they just answer hanging out? It means that they are free and not doing anything special.

Example 1)
“Hey, it’s great to see you again.”
“And you. We must hang out sometime.”
“I would love that. I’ll call you soon.”

5. To Chill Out

(verb) Everybody loves to chill out but what does it mean? It simply means to relax. Usually it can be used with or without the word ‘out’ and if you’re speaking with a native English speaker they’ll definitely understand.

Example 1)
“Hey Tommy, what are you guys doing?”
“We’re just chilling (out). Do you want to come round?”

Try out this slang this week and sound like a native speaker!