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INTRODUCTION
John: Expressions Related to a Positive Personality
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to EnglishClass101.com. I'm John.
Sydney: And I'm Sydney!
John: This is Must-Know American Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 10. In this lesson, you'll learn expressions related to a positive personality.
John: Your friends will be flattered if you use these to compliment them!
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: laid-back
Sydney: don't sweat it
Sydney: straight
Sydney: hyped
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: laid-back
John: meaning "easygoing."
Sydney: [SLOW] laid-back [NORMAL] laid-back
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: laid-back
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word "laid-back" is used to describe someone who is particularly easygoing or relaxed. It's usually considered a positive quality, unless that person is "too laid-back," which can translate to "irresponsible" or "careless."
Sydney: If you have a particularly uptight friend, you can advise him or her to be "more laid-back."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Her dad was always stressed out when he was a lawyer, but ever since he retired he's been more laid-back. [SLOW] Her dad was always stressed out when he was a lawyer, but ever since he retired he's been more laid-back.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Her dad was always stressed out when he was a lawyer, but ever since he retired he's been more laid-back.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: don't sweat it
John: meaning "don't worry."
Sydney: [SLOW] don't sweat it [NORMAL] don't sweat it
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: don't sweat it
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The expression, "Don't sweat it," is used when you want to urge someone not to worry or to assure him or her that the mistake has been forgiven. You can use this expression synonymously with, "Don't worry about it," or "No problem."
Sydney: This expression can also help make light of a serious situation. For example, if you're friend made a big mistake and you're trying to encourage him or her, you can say, "Hey, don't sweat it. Everyone makes mistakes."
John: Now let's hear an example.
Sydney: [NORMAL] If you can't make it to the meeting on Monday, don't sweat it. I'm sure the boss will understand. [SLOW] If you can't make it to the meeting on Monday, don't sweat it. I'm sure the boss will understand.
Sydney: [NORMAL] If you can't make it to the meeting on Monday, don't sweat it. I'm sure the boss will understand.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: straight
John: meaning "honest."
Sydney: [SLOW] straight [NORMAL] straight
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: straight
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: To remember the slang word "straight" you can just imagine a straight line, without any twists or turns. This is because "straight" means that something is honest or true.
Sydney: If you feel like someone is lying to you and you want to get the real story out of them, you can say, "Give it to me straight."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Give it to me straight, did you skip school yesterday? [SLOW] "Give it to me straight, did you skip school yesterday?
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Give it to me straight, did you skip school yesterday?
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: hyped
John: meaning "excited."
Sydney: [SLOW] hyped [NORMAL] hyped
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: hyped
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: "Hyped" comes from the word "hype," which means "publicity or promotion," especially if it's excessive. If you're "hyped" for something, then you're excited to do it.
Sydney: This term is used by younger people. It is informal, but not vulgar.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "I'm hyped for this weekend!" [SLOW] "I'm hyped for this weekend!"
Sydney: [NORMAL] "I'm hyped for this weekend!"
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: A person accidentally steps on someoneโ€™s shoe.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: don't sweat it
John: "don't worry "
John: A mother lets her daughter do whatever she wants.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: laid-back
John: "easygoing"
John: A girl canโ€™t wait for the weekend to begin.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: hyped
John: "excited"
John: A guy asks his friend for the truth about his girlfriend.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: straight
John: "honest"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four English Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at EnglishClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Sydney: Goodbye!

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