4 Types of Slang: English Slang speaking

If you propose a plan to your English friends for “juernes“, will they understand what day you mean? And if they tell you they’re “hangry”, do you know what they’re talking about? As we can see, in all languages there are words that are not understood if they are not known. So that this does not happen to you, we want to talk to you about 4 types of slang and some words so that you can use English slang words. Not only will it be very useful for you to communicate, you will also arouse greater interest in this language so present in your day to day, even when you don’t realize it.

What is slang?

Jargon or slang in English is a type of language that is used (spoken and written) within a certain group of people. In all languages there are words and expressions that we can use in a specific context, and thanks to this we make ourselves better understood.

It is important to point out that we cannot use these words in any situation, since it depends on factors such as the formality or the closeness we have with the people we are talking to. In this case, we are going to see four types of slang and some words for you to speak slang in English. But remember that the same thing happens in any language and it is important to pay attention to it to sound correct.

Internet slang: a “new” language

In a very short time, the advancement of new technologies has been growing in leaps and bounds. The Internet has brought us a new type of language that, today, can be used globally without any problem. English contributes many terms to the Internet jargon that, in many cases, do not even have a translation in other languages. For example, many of these terms are considered Anglicisms in Spanish, and are used quite naturally. The presence of this language is so great that even the generation of people who are already retired show interest in understanding it.

 

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Dear student, here we leave you 4 types of slang for you to speak slang in English:

Dear student, here we leave you 4 types of slang for you to speak slang in English:

4 TIPOS DE JERGA: EJEMPLOS DE SLANG PARA HABLAR INGLÉS COMO LOS NATIVOS

JERGA SOCIAL:

This classification of jargon refers to the set of words and phrases used in certain social groups in colloquial contexts. Each of these groups differs from one another, not only by language, but by traits such as age, the environment to which they belong, etc. The young and the old are a good example of this, both with a very different type of language.

Some examples in English are:

  • Link (up): It can be used to meet or get in touch with someone.
    I’ll link up with you on Saturday.
  • Dope: something that is very good or that is very good.
    This food is dope.
  • On fleek: something is perfect.
    Your outfit is on fleek.
  • Hangry (hungry+angry): angry + hungry. When you are so hungry that makes you angry.
    I can`t find anywhere to eat around here. I’m getting super hangry!
  • Bare: literally means “a lot”.
    There were bare people on the street.

FAMILY SLANG:

In this case we are talking about a classification that includes groups that are closely related. The way to address a family member or a good friend is far from how we would do it with someone we do not know. In addition to words or phrases that are commonly known, each family establishes its own language and way of speaking with its relatives.

Some examples in English are:

  • Fam (family): is short for “family” and can be used to name a friend or someone who is very close to you.
    Fam, call me later.
  • Squad: It refers to a group of friends.
    I haven’t seen my squad for ages. I miss them.
  • Boo: friend, boyfriend, flirt or someone you trust.
    I love you boo.
  • Homey: It can refer to a good friend or a group of friends.
    Tomorrow I’m having dinner with my homies.
  • Brenden: Term to refer to a friend.
    Max is my real brenden.

PROFESSIONAL LINGO:

In the world of work there are a large number of groups according to the profession they perform. They each have their own jargon and this allows them to communicate more directly without giving too much explanation. Groups such as teachers, transporters or hoteliers belong to this classification. In this type of jargon, acronyms play a leading role when sending an email or a letter.

Some examples in English are:

  • ASAP (As Soon As Possible): literally means “as soon as possible” and can be used in other, more informal contexts as well.
    I will update you ASAP.
  • COB/COP (Close Of Business/Close of Play): It is used to say “before the end of the working day”.
    I need you to send me the document by COB.
  • OOO (Out Of Office): it means you are out of the office.
    I’m OOO until 2pm.
  • Q1 (Quarter 1): means “four-month period” and is used by writing the initial letter and the number of the period of the year.
    For Q1 we have increased sales 20%.
  • Re: (Regarding): It is used to refer to something specific.
    Re: your question about Wednesday, I will update you soon.

INTERNET JARGON:

The world of the Internet and even more so the social networks have brought with them a new language. English is the main language of this jargon, since it provides most of the terms that form it (especially acronyms).

Some examples in English are:

  • XOXO: kisses and hugs.
    See you, mum XOXO
  • #TBT (Throwback Tuesday/Thursday): publish memories in the RRSS on Tuesday or Thursday.
    Today is Thursday! I’ll post a TBT on my Instagram!
  • Newbie: someone who is new to any field.
    I’m such a newbie to this.
  • Facepalm: This word comes from the gesture of putting your hand to your face when you are ashamed of something.
    I thought this wasn’t a surprise. Facepalm.
  • (EPIC) FAIL: means “epic mistake” and is used as a joke.
    I tried to dye my hair blond and it turned ginger. EPIC FAIL.

Put your slang into practice!

There are many examples in English within the different types of slang, and all of them help us to communicate more easily. Speaking and using this jargon with native people is interesting to improve our abilities in this language. Learning the different jargons that are used in parts of the world where English is spoken or learning about other concepts such as idioms are ways to deepen the language to speak it in a much more real way. In the case of English, there is a wide variety of words and uses to discover, and many countries in which to do so. We still have a lot of English to learn!

But let’s start with the basics…

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