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  • 25 Essential American Slang Words for English Learners

    If you don’t know slang you will never be able to communicate with native English speakers effectively. Native English speakers do not speak like in textbooks when they speak to each other. In most casual conversations that take place, native English speakers will use slang language. So as an English language learner, if your goal is to become an advanced English user, you have to learn slang.

    What are some great ways to learn slang? Our blog is a great starting point. Every week we publish new lists of slang and idioms that will help you grow your English vocabulary. The key to learning slang (or improving vocabulary) is to not memorize long, boring lists but to learn slang naturally through immersion techniques.

    Let’s start with these 25 essential American slang words for English learners:

     

    American English Slang

    Awesome

    We had an awesome time in California

    Great; wonderful

     

    Beemer

    As soon as I collect enough money, I’m going to buy a beemer

    BMW

     

    Bonkers

    If I had to spend anymore time in the statistics class, I will go bonkers.

    Crazy

     

    Cheesy

    Susan did not like her daughters wearing cheesy clothes to the concert

    Cheap

     

    Crap

    The police knew Peter’s story was full of crap.

    Lies; falsehood

     

    Dorky

    Most guys found Lisa to be a bit dorky.

    Strange; Peculiar

     

    Fender Bender

    The accident was just a fender bender and no one was hurt.

    Small accident

     

    Flaky

    The hotel’s staff was famous for their flaky behaviors so no one knew what to expect.

    Unpredictable

     

    Freebie

    The tickets to the baseball game was a freebie. My boss gave them to me.

    Free; something that did not cost money.

     

    Glitch

    The glitch in the website allowed hackers to access credit card information.

    Flaw

     

    Go bananas

    The TOEFL speaking section is causing me to go bananas. I don’t know how to study for it.

    Drive crazy

     

    Goofing

    Craig was just goofing way with his friends but the police suspected they were drunk.

    Acting silly

     

    Grand

    He is making over a grand a sale.

    Thousand dollars

     

    Humongous

    Food portions in America are humongous.

    Big; Huge

     

    Icky

    The food truck sometimes looked icky but their food always tasted great.

    Unpleasant

     

    Kook

    “Stop acting like a kook” – Mom told Adam

    Strange person

     

    Mellow

    Loraine used to be a real firecracker when she was young but since having kids she has mellowed down

    Become more relaxed and easy going.

     

    Pad

    Sid’s pad in the city was a favorite hangout for everyone in the group.

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