On this episode, I chat with two Brits about the culture, language, and people of the UK.
English Level: C1 🇬🇧🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Simon’s and Nic’s background (02:21)
- Different types of British accents (04:00)
- The Brits perspective on German accents and dialects (08:48)
- The influence of slang words in different parts of England (12:38)
- Simon and Nic teach Jorge regional slang words (16:35)
- The three share stories of how difficult it can be to understand someone’s accent or dialect (22:15)
- Differences between Germans and Brits (26:16)
- Simon and Nic talk about their own podcast called “Decades from Home” (31:18)
- Today’s audience message from Andreas (35:07)
- roughness (noun) – Rauheit
- intrinsicly (adv.) – innewohnend
- snobbish (adj.) – hochnäsig
- attitude (noun) – Einstellung
- ironically (adv.) – ironischerweise
- inclusive (adj.) – miteinbeziehend , integrativ
- formidable (adj.) – Respekt einflößend
- keen (adj.) – scharf, eifrig
- contextually (adv.)- kontextabhängig
- derogative (adj.) – abfällig
Phrases to Remember:
- to pin down – If you try to pin something down, you try to discover exactly what, where, or when it is
- smorgasbord – A smorgasbord of things is a number of different things that are combined together as a whole.
- to be fond of – having a liking for
- to be challenged by something – to be confronted by something that seems difficult to manage or that you have not encountered before
- to balance the scales – If you balance something somewhere, or if it balances there, it remains steady and does not fall. […]
- 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
- 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:
- What accent does Simon have?
- True or false: There are but a few British accents.
- What is more common in the UK – a different accent or a different dialect?
- What does Jorge suggest would be a great profession for Simon and Nic?
- What is the purpose of the word “pure” in Simon’s regional accent?
- True or False: Simon’s wife came to New Castle as an Au Pair.
- What is the purpose of communication for English speakers?
- 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?
- Find them on Instagram
- Nic and Simon’s Podcast
- 50 Must-Know British Slang Words and Phrases
- Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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