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Americans don't say that: English words that we learned in school, but no one uses them in the USA

In the modern world, knowledge of the English language is an integral part of the life of almost every person and certainly every traveler. Many began to learn English as a child, from the first grade of school. But in life it turns out that many words that we have memorized so well are no longer used in conversation, and if they are used, then with a completely different meaning. Therefore, often, say, "the inhabitants of heaven" sounds old-fashioned or too formal. Edition put together a list of words to make you speak like native speakers.

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When we see a beauty, the most obvious words that come to mind are beautiful or pretty woman. However, in American English, there is a more capacious version: if a person of either gender is “in the top ten” in attractiveness, he is called dime.


If you want to speak naturally in American English, remember one rule: familiar from school, the word friend is never used as an address. According to the Americans, the phrase "Hello, friend!" sounds scary. When friends are chatting with a friend, they usually say "What's up, dude?"

The word friend is used only when they talk about their friend in the third person. That is why the phrase “My friend has a dog” sounds natural, but “My dude has a dog” is strange.


In 2021, the slang word for cool new cars came into vogue. When in the USA they want to show off an expensive purchase, they say not “My new car”, but “My new whip”.

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In English textbooks, the word husband ("husband") is found all the time, so almost every student knows it. But he also has an abbreviated version - hubby, and it is he who is used in informal communication.


If you didn't hear what you were told, you can always ask the person to repeat it. At school we were taught the simple phrase "Can you repeat?" However, if you want to sound more natural, native speakers advise you to get by with a simple "Sorry?" The main thing is to monitor the tone: it should be descending-ascending.

And if you are afraid of misinterpreting, there is another good option: “What was that?”.


We are used to the fact that this word is translated as "check", but receipt is not only a "check". This word has another popular slang meaning common in American English. Media use receipts as synonymous with proof and evidence. In regular correspondence, these can be links to sites and videos or screenshots.

Yep and Nope

We all know that yes in English is yes. But in normal conversation, yep is often used. The same situation is with the word "no": instead of the usual no, a more informal nope is often pronounced.


Believe it or not, English speakers say they almost never say “Goodbye!” When they say goodbye. For an informal conversation, you can use the abbreviated form bye. In a more formal setting, you can say "Have a lovely day!" or "Take care!" The more American version of "Have a great day!" Is also acceptable.

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Mayo ("mayonnaise") is another example of word reduction in colloquial speech. Agree, this option is much more convenient than heavy mayonnaise.


Veggie is not only short for vegetarian, but also vegetables. The word is often found on the Internet: probably native speakers are too lazy to write a long vegetable every time.


In school dictionaries, the Russian word “sad” has always been written in English sad. But there is another way to communicate your emotions - using the slang word blue. It is often found in songs.


Gucci is not only an Italian brand, but also a slang word that in everyday speech is replaced by good, great, okay. If you are asked "How are you?", Feel free to answer "Everything's gucci".

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