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‘It’s a little bit leave it’ … Sounds better with glottal stops.

A Liʔʔle Biʔ Leave Iʔ? (ʔ = glottal stop)

This track is chock full of colloquial words and phrases. It’s also a fantastically all-out track performed in an ‘Estuary English’ accent. Estuary is an accent spoken in the southeast of England and it’s growing massively as a key accent at work, play and in the media. Key Estuary features are all over this track. For clarification and detail about Estuary English and the glottal stop, please follow this link to our sister site Pronunciation-Pro UK.

I also love it because I don’t understand some of the expressions myself. Perhaps I’m just not familiar with them. Or perhaps they made some of them up (created them themselves) because they sounded good musically. I see it as an example of the close link between the sounds of a local accent and the sounds of local expressions.

See below for a few interesting local words … Maybe I should jusʔ leave iʔ.


ChrisandKemVEVO (Published Oct 2, 2017)

A few of the interesting idiomatic or colloquial words and phrases in the track:

slip – make a mistake

ting – thing (not a standard in Estuary or received pronunciation but more in rap music)

leave it – stop; don’t try; go away

a hater – a social ‘adversary’; a critic; someone who they think envies them 

quick – intelligent

outta – out of (10/10 = ten out of ten; ‘ten outta ten’)

paps – paparazzi

mix with the greats – socialise/network with the famous people in their field (in rap)

off the top of my/your head – spontaneous thinking/speech without pre-planning

mash up – here it means cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy 

smash up – cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy 

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Real English Greetings

Informal British Real English greetings:
1) Hiya! (Meaning: ‘Hi’)
2) Alright? (Meanings: either ‘Hello!’ or ‘How are you?’)
Common answer 1: I’m alright thanks! Y’alright?
Common answer 2: Alright?’ (Depending on the situation, it can just mean ‘Hi!’ so you don’t need to state if you are okay or not :-))
3) How you doing? (Meaning: How are you?)
4) What’ve you been up to today? (Meaning: What have you been doing today in general)
Common answer: ‘I’ve just been at work … nothing special!’

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Real English intensive courses starting this summer!

Cambridge1English is very excited about our intensive Real English courses here in Cambridge!

This course is something special! It’s designed and written by Cambridge1English to give students the true language they will experience every day while visiting or studying and working in England.

The intensive course of twenty 50-minute classes per week, for one or two weeks accompanied by a rich timetable of trips, activities and events which provide more practice opportunities as well as fun.

The schedule is unique in that there is a class every day dedicated to:

  • Colloquialisms, slang and phrasal Verbs,
  • Vocabulary or grammar the way native speakers use it,
  • Pronunciation and accent reduction,
  • Handling challenging situations.

We also give every student a free personal audio progress report! 

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Petrol or Gas?

As a native British English speaker, I’m always intrigued by expressions that American English speakers use. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what they mean! To get started though, here are some common words that are different in Britain and the USA:

Petrol (UK) = Gas (USA) English courses in England

Pavement (UK) = Sidewalk (USA)

Angry (UK) = Mad (USA)

Autumn (UK) = Fall (USA)

Rubbish (UK) = Trash (USA)

Tap (UK) = Faucet (USA)

Trousers (UK) = Pants (USA)