You’ll learn 8 more common colloquial expressions so that you can speak English in a more natural way.
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‘wee’ (adjective) means little – a wee baby, he’s just a wee lad
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8 common colloquial expressions – Part 6
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- What’s up? / What’s wrong? / What’s the matter?
“You look a bit down. What’s up/wrong?”
“You haven’t eaten a bite all day. What’s the matter?”
- It’s up to you. (It’s your decision) / Suit yourself. / On your head be it / It’s your funeral. (It’s your decision and you will have to accept the consequences)
“Dad, I’m going to abandon my studies and become a rock musician.” “That’s up to you/On your head be it, son.”
- Give me a break!
You can use this expression to tell someone to stop bothering you or treating you unfairly.
“Haven’t you finished cleaning your room yet?” “Give me a break! I only started 10 minutes ago!”
We also use this to say that we do not believe or are disgusted about what someone has said or done.
“Some people say that England is the best football team in the world.” “Give me a break! England isn’t even the best team in the UK!”
4. Back in the day – in the past; some time ago. / In my day – in the past when I was younger
“Back in the day, I used to write letters every week.”
“Most couples seem to meet through the internet these days. In my day, when I was a lad, we went on the pull in bars and clubs.”
5. I’m easy. (I don’t mind, I’m not fussy. Whatever you want)
“Craig, would you prefer the chocolate brownie or the chocolate fudge cake for dessert?” “I’m easy, Reza.”
6. I know it like the back of my hand.
“When I lived in Berlin I used to know the metro network like the back of my hand:”
7. Check it out. (not check out of a hotel)
“Look, I’ve just finished my painting. Check it out. What do you think?”
8. Do you get/catch my drift? (do you understand what I’m saying?)
“Reza doesn’t exactly look like George Clooney. Do you catch my drift?”
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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