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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Common British English Expressions

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hello this is Elia from ETJ English

today I'm going to be doing a little bit

of a different lesson to what I've been

doing recently on the YouTube channel

and today's lesson is actually going to

be about some British things I haven't

really talked much about British things

on this channel and considering I'm from

England and I am British I thought it

might be a good idea to teach you some

more British English related language so

I've got a few phrases a few slang words

and a few just things which you would

hear a lot in England and other parts of

the UK and they are really useful for

you if you like to travel if you like

British English there could be all kinds

of reasons why you might need to know

these phrases but these are the most

useful and the most commonly used

British sayings and phrases so first up

we have the most common phrase of all of

them and this is simply just by saying

alright it basically means hello how are

you it's our way our little way of

saying hi to each other in England if I

see my parents or if I see one of my

friends or even my girlfriend I might

just say alright and that is just a way

of saying hello if you said this to

let's say an American person or somebody

who doesn't know British English this

could be a little bit confusing for them

and the reason why is because alright is

usually a word we say when we ask

someone are you alright and that is like

saying how are you are you feeling okay

is something wrong

if you've said it to someone who lives

outside of Britain and doesn't have that

kind of British culture they might not

understand that you're trying to say

hello but it's really really useful to

know if you're coming to England or if

you like the British language now a lot

of you know this next one and it's

probably another one of the most common

British phrases and this is just the

word cheers Cheers

is our word we use when we toast when we

hit our glasses together when we have a

drink al

you know this one and it's also a way of

saying thank you so if somebody did me a


if somebody did something for me let's

say I asked someone to make me a cup of

tea please

of course can they go and make the tea

they come back and bring the tea to me I

might say Cheers

just a way of saying thank you really

easy really simple word to learn and it

will impress people when you use it

especially if you're not a native

speaker another obvious word we have is

the word Nate now this is used in

England this is used in Australia this

is used in a few other places and is

simply just a way of saying my friend so

we could combine two of these words that

we've learnt already we could say

alright mate and that's like saying

hello my friend how are you you can also

say cheers mate and that's like saying

thank you my friend so we can combine

these words together as well which is

really good so those are the really kind

of simple ones now I'm going to go into

ones which you may have not heard before

but they are used a lot especially if

you're in England so let's say somebody

is talking to me but I'm not really

understanding what they're talking about

they're maybe talking about something

which is a little bit too confusing for

me or I just don't really get what

they're talking about I might say to

them what you want about that's what are

you on about what it means is what are

you talking about I don't understand

what you are talking about why are you

on about now this word I recommend you

use with probably friends only or family

or somebody close to you and essentially

what this means is it's another way of

telling someone to move up make space

for me so let's say I'm getting on a bus

and the seats are very close together on

the bus and my friend and I are getting

on the bus together and there's not much

space it's quite cramped I would say to

my friend can you budge up please or

just budge up

and this is just telling your friend to

move up move along the seat so I can sit

down and so there's some space for me

but I do recommend that you only use

this with your friends mainly because if

you went and sat on a bus and there was

someone taking up a lot of space and you

told them to budge up they might take it

offensively and you might end up getting

thrown off the bus so I would just be

careful with who you use some of these

phrases with particularly that one in

one of my recent videos I did say about

how I was feeling very tired I said that

I'm I'd stayed up late and I wasn't

really feeling very awake that day

because I'd stayed up late and the

reason why it was because I was

knackered knackered it has a funny

spelling it doesn't really sound how

it's spelt but then that's kind of what

most of the English language seems to be

like anyway but knackered this means I'm

tired but it means I'm really tired you

know I need to sleep so if you say I'm

knackered this will score you loads of

points with English speakers because

they will be amazed that you know this

word so when you're speaking with a

British person and you're feeling tired

tell them you're feeling knackered it's

a good one the next one is gutted and

this is a good one I use this one a lot

really all it means is that you're quite

annoyed or upset so let me put it in an

example again let's say you're really

annoyed about something something's

happened and it's really annoyed you and

it's made you feel kind of down upset

not happy you would say I've got it you

can say I'm gutted about that or I'm

gutted to hear that or you can just

simply say I'm gutted and it basically

just means I'm really annoyed I'm really

down and it's it's annoying now finally

I'm not going to go into British versus

American words because I could go on for

ages and there's so many people who have

done videos about this if you want me to

do a video about this

I can but I'm going to do one for you

because this word has two meanings it

has two meanings in British English and

in American English it means something

it doesn't need anything so the word is


the waste for example you've cooked

something and you have some food left

you throw it in the bin or the trash can

as Americans would say well we call it

rubbish any waste anything that you give

to the bin people to take away we call

this rubbish the rubbish bin or you put

something in the rubbish bin because

that's where the rubbish goes that's one

way of using the word rubbish another

way to use the word rubbish is by saying

that something is really boring or bad

or it's just not good so you could say

oh that was rubbish let's say you've

heard a new song on the radio and you

really don't like the salt you could

turn around and say to your friend that

was rubbish and that basically just

means it it was terrible and obviously

in America they might say something like

that sucked so those are some useful

English British English phrases for you

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video thank you very much for watching

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other people this is that something

which I definitely have been

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