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Slang and Jargon in English

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Like idioms, slang is a form of speech where the definitions can’t be found in the dictionary. Their meanings can only be learned by being fully immersed in the English language. As part of the homestay experience, our visitors wanted to learn and practice these forms of language that are difficult to learn in their home country. It can be a fun conversation starter as well! Here are some links to some worksheets for slang words that visitors may find helpful to know!

What’s up? I really flunked that killer test

Keep practicing dude, you’ll be an ace

Slang is different in different English speaking countries – speak like a Yankee, Aussie or Brit!

“Jargon” is another form of speech that, like slang, needs to be explained to be understood. Jargon refers to the speech of a group of people who may share a job or interest. For example there is computer jargon like “FAQ” or “LOL” or jargon that policeman use like “10-4” or “suspect”. Politics is famous for its jargon, and words and phrases like “left wing” or “getting on a soapbox” are terms that would only be understood by experienced speakers of the English language.

Words and phrases like idioms, slang and jargon can only be learned by experience and context, and can be fun to explore with your visitor! Share your stories with Global Immersions!  

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