On this episode, I chat with two Brits about the culture, language, and people of the UK. 

English Level: C1 🇬🇧🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Simon’s and Nic’s background (02:21)
  3. Different types of British accents (04:00)
  4. The Brits perspective on German accents and dialects (08:48)
  5. The influence of slang words in different parts of England (12:38)
  6. Simon and Nic teach Jorge regional slang words (16:35)
  7. The three share stories of how difficult it can be to understand someone’s accent or dialect (22:15)
  8. Differences between Germans and Brits (26:16)
  9. Simon and Nic talk about their own podcast called “Decades from Home” (31:18)
  10. Today’s audience message from Andreas (35:07)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. roughness (noun) – Rauheit
  2. intrinsicly (adv.) – innewohnend
  3. snobbish (adj.) – hochnäsig
  4. attitude (noun) – Einstellung
  5. ironically (adv.) – ironischerweise
  6. inclusive (adj.) – miteinbeziehend , integrativ
  7. formidable (adj.) – Respekt einflößend
  8. keen (adj.) – scharf, eifrig
  9. contextually (adv.)- kontextabhängig
  10. derogative (adj.) – abfällig

Phrases to Remember:

  1. to pin down – If you try to pin something down, you try to discover exactly what, where, or when it is
  2. smorgasbord – A smorgasbord of things is a number of different things that are combined together as a whole.
  3. to be fond of – having a liking for
  4. to be challenged by something – to be confronted by something that seems difficult to manage or that you have not encountered before
  5. to balance the scales – If you balance something somewhere, or if it balances there, it remains steady and does not fall. […]
  6. to be far off the mark – If something that you say or write is far off the mark or way off the mark, it is completely wrong or not at all accurate

Slang Words:

  • skint: you are broke, you have no money
  • quid: a pound (british currency)
  • knackered: very tired
  • pissed: drunk
  • pissed off: angry
  • dodgy: fake, fraudulent
  • banter: joking with each other
  • gutted: disappointed
  • mate: buddy, friend

Geordie (Newcastle) slang:

  • radgy: aggressive
  • gadgy: guy
  • cunny: very, nice
  • nouwt: nothing
  • geet: very
  • toon: town

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What accent does Simon have?
  2. True or false: There are but a few British accents.
  3. What is more common in the UK – a different accent or a different dialect?
  4. What does Jorge suggest would be a great profession for Simon and Nic?
  5. What is the purpose of the word “pure” in Simon’s regional accent?
  6. True or False: Simon’s wife came to New Castle as an Au Pair.
  7. What is the purpose of communication for English speakers?
  8. What is Nic and Simon’s podcast called?


Question to consider:

Is there a question you have about the UK you’d like me to ask Nic and Simon?


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