The English Journey Podcast Episode #8- Teenage English Slang

hi everyone and welcome back to the english journey podcast i am your host and canadian teacher jasmine in today’s episode we have two special guests they are actually two teenagers who are 16 from canada and the reason i invited them on to this podcast this week is because teenagers are the perfect people to really explain what english slang is so those who don’t really know anything about english slang today’s episode is going to be perfect for you we’re really going to talk about what it is how to use it and we’re gonna go over our top five or maybe not our top five but five slang words that we think will be useful for you if you are learning english so dylan do you mind telling our listeners basically what is english slang so i think that slang is a very universal form of language and talking and it’s very it’s very casual and informal although that might come off as very you know like not very well mannered but at the same time it can be very conversational and pretty practical to be honest and i think it can be a good use in everyday life yeah totally and i think that most of you who speak a different language as your first language you already know you have your own slang for your language and your culture so it is important to learn because these are things that happen in spoken english without us learning in schools right we use slang all the time without even realizing it so i think that it’s going to be really useful to learn um i have a question for you mia although i kind of touched on you know the fact that there is slang in every culture and every language why do you really think it’s important for our glish listeners to learn slang well uh jasmine to answer your question i think that when learning any language i think it’s important to touch on conversational aspects of the language more than grammatical or written um aspects of it so personally for me when learning a new language i think it’s really really important to learn slang and conversational stuff about it because it just helps in day-to-day lives and it helps in conversation with other people who speak that language as their native tongue totally it makes you sound a bit less textbook and more natural so i think that’s important let’s get into our maybe top five slang words we’re going to learn today do you think it was hard to pick only five english words definitely i think that especially in the english language there are so many words that we can use just when talking about the five words we used so many other slang words trying to decide pick the top five yeah it was it was pretty hard for us to even decide on five words because there is so much slang but you know we don’t want to give you too much information so for this episode we are going to go over five and then if you guys really like this episode and you want a part two make sure to send us a message on our instagram which is at glish social all right let’s get into it dylan you’re going to start us off what is our first slang word we’re going to learn today no cap and cap is one of the most generic and popular slang words out there and for me personally slang is something i use in my everyday life although there’s some slang that i just absolutely despise and dislike and i feel like it puts a bad representation or reputation on a place or a person based on how much it is used but there are some slang words that i think are kind of necessary to kind of keep things efficient especially when you’re in the right time or in the right place like talking to your friends for example or your your little brothers your older brothers your pee your other peers when deemed appropriate that’s super true as dylan mentioned different countries and different cities actually have their own slang so where we are based in toronto we have actual slang that only people from toronto use so i think that’s actually another interesting point so dylan mentioned the first slang word which is no cap or cap so cap and no cap are actually opposites mia do you want to explain what those slang words mean so no cap would be like no way right it’d be like no way like you’re lying like it’s it’s not true it’s not like there’s no way that’s true it’s unbelievable so i guess i think that’s cat all right so the the experts need their own lesson here so dylan do you think you can clarify what no cap and cap means i don’t think you’re wrong but it’s more like no cap like the thing with slang is that it’s almost hard to define essentially because you’re just using it and it’s just natural just like it’s like a muscle memory thing yeah but like cap is like it’s just another word for lie and then like no cap is no lie i think that with any slang word it’s very contextual i think the examples are the best way to

really understand how they’re used you know i like that so for no cap i guess a conversation could be like i won tickets to tonight’s travis scott concert and then you’d say no cap at the end of that phrase so it would be more used in an excited way i guess so yeah i mean this is the thing with it is that when you’re explaining it like we are right now you don’t really know how to give an example of kind of when to use it because you just do it as it rolls off the tongue it’s very habitual basically kind of how we were thinking about these slang words when we were literally using slang words to figure out what slang words we need to use these kind of things you kind of only really can learn about them when you use them so you need to kind of practice using them and then you’re going to learn does it work or does it not work okay so mia’s example about you know going to a concert and then someone else responding no cap in an excited way could work but this is definitely one of the harder ones we’re going to talk about today so don’t feel overwhelmed if you’re not sure how to use it right away so for cap you would say um so let’s say i said to dylan hey i won tickets to tonight’s travis scott concert he would say cap or you’re capping you know that’s cap those are it’s another way of saying no you’re lying there’s no way you know when you’re not a lot is that you’ll know when to use it in context or out of context it’s it means like no lie but it might not fit in with what you’re saying all the time you know it means the same thing i just know when to use it it’s one of those and the more you guys listen to you know english language media so whether that’s podcasts or movies or tv shows the more you’re going to learn about the slang so right now by listening to the english journey podcast you’re actually learning some new stuff so that’s awesome all right number two of what we’re going to talk about is the slang word dog so mia can you explain what does dog mean i think a lot of you this one might be the most common one we’re gonna talk about so i think some of you already know this one dog is it’s a it’s a nickname for anyone who you feel close to a friend normally you would refer to them as dog um it’s the same as saying dude bro um things like that yeah so it’s like a close friend a homie it’s very casual you would never go to an interview and you know call your interviewee or whoever your boss yeah you would never say dog but it’s definitely something like oh me and my dogs are going out tonight right just me and my friends so the dogs the dog okay like stapled you know yeah we are the dogs i like that so can you maybe put it in another sentence dylan just for more context so like what are you doing today big dog or like dog like whatever you know it’s one of those words where you can use different types of adjectives to kind of describe because dog is like homey but homie’s also like another slang so then again we’re going back to talking about different levels of slang so we go from dog to homie which then kind of which means like bro which is also sort of if you want to get nitpicky about it bro is also a slang right and then it kind of gets to just like friend but you know no one’s gonna say like what are you up to friend you know like you’re gonna find a way to kind of show that you’re close that’s just kind of a way to keep that relationship like intact and like show them that you’re there it’s kind of like a token of respect in my opinion amongst friends amongst friends yeah i like that so dylan mentioned a really important point you’re not gonna just say hey friend right you’re gonna find a way to kind of show that you do have a better relationship than just being a stranger or an acquaintance okay so i have a question before we get on to number three i know that a lot of slang words sometimes have a more female or male connotation to them so that means a lot of slang words are sometimes highly used by more males than females or the other way around now i’m not saying that the other gender can’t use these words i’m just saying that sometimes a slang word is more common and more popular with one gender so do you guys notice a difference with the word dog can anyone use that word i think that um a while back it may have only be used amongst guys and dudes i’d say but uh now i find as a girl i use it a lot i’m with my friends girls and guys um i don’t know dylan what do you think so for me i think it can be used with anyone you’re honestly the only girl i know that uses the word dog or you know because like cool that’s fine yeah yeah sure okay so it’s it it’s not very common it’s not very common for girls because girls are more i wouldn’t say formal but they’re just more i think well-mannered especially amongst themselves as opposed to guys amongst themselves if it’s a mix you know i don’t think that it’s going to be used to the extreme that the guys would use it if they were together but that’s very true for slang in general girls are more well-mannered and it is less common for these words to be used amongst girls for sure i completely agree but in my opinion when i meet a girl who uses some of these words amongst their friends i think that it’s really cool i think that um they’re confident enough to use these words and i think that’s also a really important aspect to any form of slang

confidence is definitely key mia mentioned something important about how sometimes using slang words can give you confidence so i think that’s really important to talk about because as a language learner i know for myself with french when i am able to use a slang word correctly and i kind of like nail it and i’m able to say it and not feel weird i feel a little sense of accomplishment you know i feel like i’m learning the language in a more authentic way so i do think if you guys try out some of the slang just don’t be afraid to try it because it can bring you some sense of confidence if you end up using it correctly all right so slang word number three this one i actually use a lot so i don’t know if that makes me kind of embarrassing or cool i don’t know but i i know the slang word is used even among older people and young so it’s not just a teenage english slang word this one is cringe so dylan what is cringe so i think cringe is one of those things where you kind of look it up on the internet it’s not really you’re not going to get really a definitive you know sentence like definition i think it’s just something that give you a weird feeling when someone says something or does something you’re just like ew like it’s not a i think it stems from embarrassment too on your part and on the person the other person’s fault from either previous experience or just kind of knowing what the result of what they’re doing maybe or any type of thing that just kind of that stems from what they’re doing kind of makes you feel really weird i like how dylan mentioned it’s a feeling because i definitely have that feeling cringe kind of invokes a weird reaction you feel a little bit embarrassed sometimes you feel a bit grossed out sometimes you just know when you feel yeah it’s a it’s a weird feeling where you feel embarrassed and you feel embarrassed for the person so mia could you give us maybe an easier because it sounds complicated but it’s super simple can you give us an easy example of how to use cringe like if you want to think cringy just think mia oh yeah to call someone cringe is actually it’s it’s a little bit of an insult but it’s more of a funny way to say oh my gosh yeah it’s playful you’re so embarrassing you’re so cringe so i feel like someone can do something cringe or someone can just be cringe the thing about cringe that i would also like to add before a given example is it’s very subjective it really does not apply to everyone what one person may find cringe could be completely different to what another person may find cringe so an example of i think a scenario that uh this word would be used in would be um let’s say my favorite song comes on the radio and i start singing the lyrics really loudly in a public place it’s really embarrassing someone could walk by and say ew you’re so cringe or wow that’s so cringe you know yeah so for you maybe it didn’t feel cringe because you liked that song and you wanted to dance so it just kind of depends on you know everybody’s perspective but that’s true that cringe is kind of just a feeling so if you’re feeling a little bit awkward and weirded out sometimes something can be cringe let’s go to slang word number four this one’s a good one i personally know that in my family i have a lot of younger siblings and nieces and nephews and a lot of them use this word i personally don’t use it too much but this is a big one to know so mia why don’t you tell us what is this slang word so our fourth word is it’s simple just bet but it really i feel personally yes i feel i feel personally that when i use this word it really means that i am on the same vibe with someone else we are totally on the same level we understand each other we’re using this word to show that understanding it’s an agreement almost you agree with what the other person is saying so mia maybe if i said the example of let’s record our podcast tomorrow because we’re very busy today you could say okay bet see you tomorrow which would just mean like okay i agree let’s do it tomorrow instead so it’s just that mutual agreement do you have anything to add dylan for me this slang word is very like i would say like diluted i almost feel like it’s almost part of my everyday life vocab like it’s just like i don’t even think about it as slang anymore because it’s not really because it’s a short word exactly just because it’s used really frequently in my vocabulary it’s become an everyday thing for me but you know if i’m obviously talking to a teacher i’m talking to an adult i’m not going to use that word but i think that it’s so ingrained in our vocabulary because it’s so common that goes without saying with any slang word you don’t use it in formal scenarios you don’t use it in writing you would use it maybe in text messages or in conversation amongst friends or peers but you would never use it with like dylan said teachers or parents or things like that i think that’s super important to talk about because mia mentioned you can use this in text messages and that’s really true because slang is vocal but it’s also casual in text you wouldn’t use this in a paper or an exam but if you are texting a friend you could totally use any of these slang words that we mentioned because it is casual right and we know

that we text casually among our friends and what dylan said really intrigues me because it shows how slang can really become everyday life so we mentioned how slang is kind of like those informal casual words but sometimes you use them so much that they really become a part of your vocabulary that you almost don’t see them as slang anymore so for example bet is really commonly used and i don’t think many would even call it slang although of course it is all right we’ve finally made it to our last but definitely least slang word it’s our it’s not our favorite slang word but we think it’s important to talk about sometimes the dark side to english slang or the side that nobody really talks about the side that makes the english vocabulary a little bit takes away some like yeah it makes the english vocabulary a little bit more vulgar and kind of kind of gross yeah so that’s also another slime it’s true this is normal every language has its flaws right so sometimes there are words where it’s not a really pretty word to use and it’s not very favored among many people so this one i think is one of those i’m going to definitely leave it to dylan because i don’t even like to mention this word so dylan what is our last and final slang word mandam m-a-n-d-e-m yeah that is definitely cringe please to all of our listeners do not use this word you will not get any sort of recognition for it except bad things okay you will receive a bad reaction just a terrible reaction all right so we need to know we’ve built it up what is this word yeah so mandam is like the homies but honestly this is also another very subjective slang word and i think and this is also a slang word used where we live in toronto canada because you know slang can be very dependent on the demographic where people live and i think this one really and there’s a few other ones that are used in toronto as well that we are not going to mention today but if you guys like the podcast and give it some good reviews we might pull up with a part two so i think this type of word mandam it really gives toronto a bad reputation not reputation but just a bad look a bad image i think it just shows the bad part of the the beautiful city that we live in that has so much rich culture diversity and i think this is something that really just dampens that and you know this is the slang i just don’t like i think that uh that goes for a lot of other slang words used you know they a lot of words that for some reason are popular but they definitely do not have any validity to them they should not be used and i think that’s for slang in general sometimes used in the wrong context used amongst the wrong people can can come across as just totally useless and it should not be said yeah make you look bad exactly all right so we mentioned mandam means like homies but i don’t know to me so far if i was a language learner especially an english language learner i still wouldn’t understand why is this one so bad why is it so cringe so i need a i need you to really explain to me why should we not use mandom people using this word i think you can use it if you want honestly of course of course we’re not here to tell you what we’re not here to make the rules of course we are not here to make the rules but i think that when someone uses mandam or words like mandom it just says a lot about the person okay it really is it just it’s a whole another level of just intelligence i really do think that you just do sound unintelligent when you use this word i think there’s a lazy type of vibe that comes from this for sure 100 okay so using manda makes you sound a bit lazy maybe a little bummy which is kind of another slang word which we can talk about another time but yeah so mandem just doesn’t sound i guess proper even though slang isn’t always proper it just it’s even lower than low correct i think the rule of thumb was slang is that if you know you’re using slang and you know you’re using it every three words you’re not gonna look great you know i think there has to be some formality to the way you talk regardless of who you’re with and that just makes you the better person oh i like that so that’s a little tip from dylan we have to be careful with using slang it’s not meant to be used every other word right slang is meant to be used sparingly so in the right setting in the right moment right in the perfect time that’s when someone’s going to notice wow you just use that word really well especially if you’re not a native english speaker if you can pull it off and just use it when it’s the right time instead of trying to use it in every sentence you’re going to go way further in your conversations and i think the goal of the english journey podcast and english learners in general is to sound like you are a native speaker of this language you want to immerse yourself

as much as possible into the language so using these slang words properly is definitely definitely important and super crucial to your english learning i totally agree all right i think that was a ton of great information and tips for our listeners i hope that you guys remember the five slang words um i will repeat them just in case you forgot and then you can always listen to the podcast again to really understand the definitions that’s the beauty of listening practice you can listen over and over again so our first word was no cap or cap then we had dog our third word was cringe our fourth word was bet and we ended off with our not so favorite word mandom ew even saying that it grosses me out before we wrap up i do want to remind you guys to subscribe to the english journey podcast as well as follow us on our instagram which is at glitch social for daily english content thank you once again mia and dylan it was really nice to have a teenage perspective on the podcast i know the past few guests i’ve had were on the older side they were professionals so it’s really nice to just you know have a different perspective especially for our listeners because i think it’s good to learn different aspects of the english language is there any last thoughts anything else we want to add before we wrap up just for any of you maybe more older people that are listening to the podcast today the five slang words that we used are like much more commonly used by the younger maybe 15 to 20 25 year olds even small things like bro or yo or homies like or brother or something like that that’s not very you know materialistic teenage type things if you want to make yourself feel good just know that using those types of words are just as good as using the words that we have listed today and help you maybe boost your confidence in learning the english language it doesn’t always have to be those five or the other trillions out there because there are trillions right and like i said you know which ones you’re using so 100 and so that’s why the title is even called teenage english thing because this is definitely for the younger demographic so if you’re listening to this and you’re thinking oh i can’t identify with this group i can’t really use these slang words there are so many other slang words out there that they don’t have to be exactly the ones we mentioned right there are so many variations even to the ones we mentioned we can even make a different episode about more universal slang words if that’s something you guys are interested in so slang words that are not just for teenagers slang words that any age can pretty much use just know that you guys got this you know you’re going to keep learning the language throughout practicing so don’t feel worried if you don’t know every single slang word in the english dictionary we’re gonna get there together don’t forget that learning a language is a journey so thank you so much for listening and we’ll see you next week bye guys you