Are you interested in British English? If so, then you’re in luck!
This week I’ve had a request for some typically British words to help you communicate with people from my home, the little island of Britain.
So if you would like to understand us Brits a bit better, here are ten words to help you…
[Just remember that these are all informal English words, so don’t use any of these in an essay or business email!]
This is an adjective that means “disappointed”.
For example, “I’m gutted I failed my exam.”
This is a verb or noun that means “vacuum” or “vacuum cleaner”.
For example, “I’m just doing the hoovering”.
This is an adjective that means “suspicious” or “not to be trusted”.
For example, “Don’t get your phone out near that man; he looks a bit dodgy”.
This is a noun that means “toilet”.
For example, “Hang on a sec; I’m just going to the loo”.
This is an abbreviation that means “do it yourself”, which we use for home improvements.
For example, “I need a hand putting this wardrobe together. Are you any good at DIY?”
This is an adjective that means “tired”.
For example, “I’m going to bed; I’m knackered”.
This is an adjective that means “pleased with myself” or “proud”.
For example, “I got the job! I’m pretty chuffed.”
This is a noun that means something like “mess”. We use this if something goes badly.
For example, “This meeting was a shambles. Everyone was talking over each other and we didn’t decide anything.”
This is an adjective to describe a person who is naughty or rude but in a charming way.
For example, “He is such a cheeky monkey; he always asks my age!”
This is a verb that means “mess around” or “waste time”. It can also be used as a noun that means “effort”.
For example, “Stop faffing around and come and help me!” or “I can’t be bothered to help; it’s too much of a faff.”
*Now you try: Write me an email using at least one of these words at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will write back and tell you if you used the word(s) correctly!