One of the best ways to market yourself as a true English speaker is to learn slang terms in English. Even if you are just learning the language, adding a few slang terms to your repertoire will cause you to be embraced by the English speaking community as a true language learner.
But where do you start when there are so many slang terms to know? The answer is simple. Start with the basics. Think about it. What was one of the first things you learned when you started your journey of language learning? If you’re like most of us, you learned how to say hello and goodbye. This is exactly where you should start if you intend on acquiring English slang.
Many of you might be wondering why you need to learn slang at all. Simply put, slang is the language of the people. If you intend on being identified as an authentic English speaker, you will have to produce some authentic English terminology. Consider the setting of a soccer game if you will. First you have the spectators. Many of them know and love the game of soccer, but they prefer to just sit in the stands and cheer. Then you have the players. They are the ones on the field, actively participating in the game of soccer. In the same way, an inability to use English slang puts you in the stands as a spectator, cheering on those who are willing to get in there and play the game of English.
So why greetings? How you say hello and goodbye to someone communicates your relationship to that individual. If you plan on never developing your relationships with English speakers beyond a surface level, then hello and goodbye might be enough for you. But those who want to develop friendships and close business relationships with English speakers may want to take full advantage of the following terms.
Instead of saying “hello,” consider saying “hi there” or, for close friends, “what’s up!” Hi there is a friendlier greeting than just, “hello.” It communicates to an individual that you actually want to greet them. When you just say, “hello,” you risk the chance of sounding cold and distant. Saying, “hi there,” limits your chances of being perceived in such a way. “What’s up” is the greeting of friendship. It communicates to a friend that you are not only happy to see them but generally interested in their well being. When you use this as a greeting in place of hello, you can expect the response to pleasant and friendly.
Saying “goodbye,” is a nice way to play it safe when it comes to the game of English, but there is another term that can either replace it or be added to it. “Have a good one!” is the last thing many English speakers say before they part ways with co-workers and acquaintances at the workplace. This term is a way of wishing individuals well and expressing your desire for them to have a good evening. Another common way to part ways, especially with a friend, is to say, “see ya.” When English speakers use this in place of goodbye, they are not saying that they actually see the person, but that they plan on seeing them at a later time. Other speakers say, “see ya later.” Either use is a common, much more personable way to part with fellow English speakers.
English can be a tricky language, but learning some of these commonly used terms can put any language learner on the fast track to being a great player on the field of English learning.