Easy Insider hacks for speaking London slang
Living in the UK capital, you’ll probably notice a distinct accent, and some strange words that you’ve never used before. Welcome to London slang!
Here are some essential words and expressions to use to sound like a local in your new city:
– Used to express good wishes when leaving or ending a conversation. It can also be used in place of “thank you.”
E.g. When someone holds the door open for you, you can say, “Cheers.”
• You alright?
– “What’s up? How are you?” This is used as a greeting.
E.g. You go up to the cash register and the cashier asks you, “You alright?” “I’m alright thanks. You?”
E.g. “Mate, where are we going out to tonight?”
– Used to express surprise, excitement, or alarm.
E.g. If you go to a haunted house and something jumps out at you: “Blimey! That scared me.”
– Adjective to describe something that is excellent.
E.g. “I won free tickets to the Adele concert.” “That’s wicked!”
• Fiver, Tenner
– Another way to say £5, £10.
E.g. “I bought this all for under a tenner.”
E.g. “I paid five quid for this ticket.”
• Chuck a left
– Take a left.
E.g. “Go out the door, chuck a left, and walk down the hallway.”
– Describes something that is unreliable or sketchy.
E.g. “The umbrella I got online is a bit dodgy”
– Used to describe someone who does something or says something disrespectful or rude, but says it in a cunning, amusing way. It’s used in a light-hearted way.
E.g. If someone doesn’t hold the door for you: “Well, that’s cheeky.”
– Nonsense, lies.
E.g. “I didn’t eat the last cookie.” “That’s rubbish!”
– “Isn’t it?” This one is mostly used at the end of a sentence, and as a filler.
E.g. “London is such a great city, innit.”
So ring your mate, get out of your flat, chuck a left towards the grocery store, buy some snacks for under a tenner, and don’t forget to tell the cashier ‘cheers’.