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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in English

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in English!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. English Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can EnglishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in English - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in English? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million English words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke
  2. sneaky
  3. funny
  4. lie
  5. deceptive
  6. surprise
  7. prankster
  8. play a joke
  9. prank
  10. humor
  11. fool
  12. April 1st

2. English Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

English Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in English to prank your favorite English speaking friend or colleague!

  1. All classes for today got canceled.
  2. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
  3. Someone has just hit your car.
  4. I’m getting married.
  5. You won a free ticket.
  6. I saw your car being towed.
  7. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
  8. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
  9. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
  10. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
  11. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
  12. I learned English in 1 month.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in English, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can EnglishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit English speaking countries like English speaking country, or if you work for any English speaking company, knowing the above English prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core English words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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How to Say Happy New Year in English & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in English

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in English? Let a native teach you! At EnglishClass101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these English New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in English speaking country
  2. Must-Know English Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in English
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How EnglishClass101 Can Help You Learn English

But let’s start with some vocabulary for English New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in English speaking country

New Year’s Day is on January 1st in the US. It’s almost universally a day off from work, and in the US closed stores, gas stations, and other businesses are common sights come January 1st. It’s preceded by some of the largest celebrations in the nation and, weary from being up all night enjoying the parties, Americans tend to take it easy on this day!

The song “Auld Lang Syne” is associated with the New Year celebration in the US. Do you know what this song’s title means?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later, so keep reading!

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the United States are both regarded as holidays, though only New Year’s Day is an official one. The holiday kicks off late on New Year’s Eve when people go out to celebrate in style. This holiday is marked by fancy parties and plenty of parades and other events.

Celebrating the New Year across the different time zones that cross the US is a popular tradition with those who like to stay at home. In Times Square in New York, one of the biggest celebrations in the nation is held and this is typically regarded as the “official” New Year party for the entire country, though each time zone “rings” in the New Year with its own celebration.

New Year’s resolutions are popular in the United States, though oftentimes in a tongue-in-cheek way. Most of the time, people will resolve to give up a bad habit or adopt a healthy new habit over the course of the new year. It’s almost accepted as a matter of course that people will not follow through on these resolutions, however, and it fits well with the American tradition of sarcastic humor.

New Year’s Day isn’t celebrated on January 1st on all calendars. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year’s is usually in February. Depending on the culture and tradition, it can be celebrated on other dates, as well.

Popular resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight, becoming more ambitious with goals, and getting a better job.

And now here’s the answer to the quiz.

Do you know what the song title “Auld Lang Syne” means?

Auld Lang Syne means “the good old days” or “days gone by,” depending on the translation. The song is a very old tradition, dating back hundreds of years. The New Year’s Day celebrations in the US can easily extend from before midnight on January 1st to well into the afternoon.

Happy New Year!

2. Must-Know English Words & Phrases for the New Year!

English Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in English speaking country could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

8- Countdown

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At EnglishClass101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what English New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

So, you learned the English word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at EnglishClass101 - what are yours?

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New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more English in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your English language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to EnglishClass101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study English with EnglishClass101

Of course! You can only benefit from learning English, especially with us! Learning how to speak English can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. EnglishClass101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special English new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in English, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read English incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

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As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in English could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in English - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with English - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with EnglishClass101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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  • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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English Word of the Day - fourteen (noun)

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fourteen fourteen (noun)

The fourteen ball has a green stripe.
The fourteen ball has a green stripe.

number fourteen
number fourteen

14
14

fourteen letters
fourteen letters

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English Word of the Day - weak (adjective)

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weak weak (adjective)

That professional wrestler is weak.
That professional wrestler is weak.

weak connection
weak connection

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English Word of the Day - Thursday (proper noun)

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Thursday Thursday (proper noun)

Tomorrow is Wednesday, and the day after tomorrow is Thursday.
Tomorrow is Wednesday, and the day after tomorrow is Thursday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are weekdays.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are weekdays.

Thursday, January 3rd
Thursday, January 3rd

on Thursday
on Thursday

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English Word of the Day - mechanical pencil (noun phrase)

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mechanical pencil mechanical pencil (noun phrase)

The red mechanical pencil has a green eraser.
The red mechanical pencil has a green eraser.

red mechanical pencil
red mechanical pencil

mechanical pencil lead
mechanical pencil lead

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Learn English with 14 Inspiring Quotes about Reading!

Everyone loves a good inspirational quote. And sometimes it can be just the spark to get you mastering a language. So in this post, we’re covering 14 inspirational quotes in English.

14 Inspiring English Quotes about Reading

You know reading is important, right? Can you talk about it in English?

We know that sounds tough. Even in your language, you’d have to give it some thought. That’s why today, you get ready-made English quotes and phrases about reading! All so you can talk about the important things in life in English… or at least have an awesome one-liner.

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1. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. - Margaret Fuller

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.



2. Reading brings us unknown friends. - Honore de Balzac

Reading brings us unknown friends



3. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Richard Steele

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

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4. I do not read a book; I hold a conversaion with the author. - Elbery Hubbard

I do not read a book. I hold a conversaion with the author.



5. There are worse crimes than burning book. One of them is not reading them. - Joseph Brodsky

There are worse crimes than burning book. One of them is not reading them.



6. Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. - Mary Schmich

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.

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7. I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. - J.K. Rowling

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.



8. Reading is dreaming with open eyes. - Unknown

Reading is dreaming with open eyes.



9. Reading takes us away from home, but more importantly, it finds homes for us everywhere. - Hazel Rochman

Reading takes us away from home, but more importantly, it finds homes for us everywhere.

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10. Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. - Mason Cooley

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.



11. He that loves reading has everything within his reach. - William Godwin

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.



12. Reading furnishes that mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. - John Locke

Reading furnishes that mind only with materials of knowledge. It is thinking that makes what we read ours.

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13. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelling out is a spark. - Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire. Every syllable that is spelling out is a spark.



14. What is reading but silent conversation? - Walter Savage Landor

What is reading but silent conversation?

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English Word of the Day - honest (adjective)

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honest honest (adjective)

I appreciate your honesty.
I appreciate your honesty.

He is an honest person.
He is an honest person.

He was so honest that he just couldn’t tell a lie.
He was so honest that he just couldn’t tell a lie.

honest man
honest man

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4 Reasons Why English Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need English slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning English slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak English? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning English or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout English Culture

If you turn on any popular English TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning English slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, English culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate English slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning English slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual English people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from English TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right English slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At EnglishClass101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the English slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

English slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At EnglishClass101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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