Podcast 1 – Hello and Thank you
R: Hi there you are listening to Proofessors school of English slang with Rick and Michelle. Firstly, I’ve got to say, the level of English I see from international students is fantastic. It’s just so difficult for people because English has so much slang. Different words mean the same thing, and Individual words change their meaning when they are with different groups of words.
M: That is why we have set up these audio recordings, just as some tips to help international students in the UK.
R: That’s right, and since this is our first lesson we are going to start off with something real easy and simple. We are going to be discussing different ways of saying hello to somebody. In the second part we will discuss different ways of saying thank you.
M: Firstly, it’s important to understand that different types of people say hello differently. It depends on what class that person is and maybe how cool they are trying to be. For example, you may say hello when you meet your work colleague for the first time and if
you greet a friend you would say something more informal such as “what’s up” or “alrite mate”. We will go through all these one by one in more detail in a minute.
R: Our first tip however is don’t say how do you do. It’s so out of date. Nobody says it these days. This is how posh rich people used to say hello many years ago. So you may still see this phrase being used in old English movies or TV shows that are set in the past.
M: Basically, people know it means hello but it’s just not cool anymore. If you say it people will think you are trying to be posh and maybe they will think you are not cool and won’t want to be friends with you.
R: well no one’s going to want to be friends with you Michelle no matter how you say hello.
M: Don’t start with me.
R: Ok the shortest way of saying hello is the word Hi. So if I saw
Michelle I would say “Hi mate” and she may also say “Hi”.
M: A very common way to say hello in England is “Alrite mate”. This means both hello and it’s kind of asking how they are at the same time. It’s a shorter way of saying are you ok. Mate just means friend, so we say this after alrite. Alrite mate is usually the first thing we would say when we see one of our friends. So if I saw Rick in the street I can say “alrite mate” and Rick may say “yeah I’m not bad mate”.
R: You may hear people saying “What’s up” instead of hello. It means the same thing as hello plus you are also informally asking someone what they have been doing. Normally people take it as just a greeting so if I say to Michelle “what up mate” she may reply “nothing mate, how’s you”. Some people use what’s up to try and create a cool image of themselves.
M: a similar way of saying hello to what’s up is “what’s going on”. If you say this you will probably get the same response “nothing mate, how’s you”.
R: Rap music or RNB music from America also influences English language and English slang. So now people may also say stuff like “what’s cracking” instead of hello. Mainly people who are into rap music and who want to give off a very street image would use such language. You wouldn’t generally use this kind of language if you were somebody that is interested in studying for example. So I may say
to Michelle what’s cracking and she may say “you know same old same old” which means basically nothing has changed, I’m ok.
M: Probably the most popular one is alrite mate. It’s important to get used to this because you will hear it a lot. It just means hello so the best reply is “yeah I’m alrite, how are you”.
R: I totally agree Michelle. “This is what I use to say hello as well”. But if you are going for a job interview try something more formal like “hello, nice to meet you”. But definitely don’t say how do you do. This is a big no no. This is not the 1950’s. Although you dress like it is Michelle”.
M: Shut up rick, what do you know about fashion?
R: Well I know not to watch that awful programme Americas next top model.
M: oh very true
R: anyway moving on, let’s discuss different ways of saying thank you. Obviously you have the shortened version which is “thanks”. So
I would say Michelle I’ve done all the housework today? And Michelle would reply
M: “yeah right, you never do any house work, you lazy bum.
R: oh come on Michelle be serious. I’m trying to teach the students here. Let’s try this again. I would say Michelle I’ve done all the housework today and Michelle would reply
M: ”Thanks” or “thanks very much”.
R: Probably the most popular way of saying thank you these days is “cheers”. It means exactly the same as Thank you”. It is also used when people drink together. They say “cheers” and then they drink their alcohol. It’s similar to when Chinese people drink and they say “Gan pei”. I hope I got the pronunciation right there. My mandarin is not so good.
M: Let’s not forget about cheers big ears. You may hear people saying this in England. It just means the same as thanks, but people say it because it rhythms. Cheers and ears rhythm. So we say cheers big ears. To be cheeky. It’s like a little joke. So if someone says this to you, you now you know what it means.
R: Another way of saying thank you is Ta. However, I rarely hear men saying this do you Michelle?
M: I think you are right it’s mainly woman that say Ta. It means exactly the same as thank you. So I can say I bought you a present and Rick can say
M: If you want to say thank you formally then you say thank you very much or I am very grateful, thank you. Very grateful means you value what they have done. It means you appreciate it.
R: I think if you are coming to England you need to get used to
saying cheers. It’s what most people use these days if they don’t say thanks.
M: That concludes today’s lesson. We will be back next week where we will be teaching you some more slang.
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