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Although slang is amusing to study, it has three major disadvantages:  it can be regional, it can quickly become out of date, and some expressions can be very offensive.  Study with care, and get some advice from someone you trust!

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Reduction

Some people say that English speakers 'eat their words'. This is how 'want to' becomes 'wanna', and 'let me' becomes 'lemme' in informal English. Learn and listen to these examples.

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British English too!

Try this listening quiz

Slang Cards

Send your friend one of these cool e-cards in US slang. Some are polite, and others aren't, so make sure you know the meaning first! There are several categories to choose from.

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Video Lessons - American Slang

Study with Jennifer, an English teacher in the USA.

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American Slang 1

American Slang 2

American Slang 3

American Slang 4

American Slang 5

American Slang 6 - Office Romance

American Slang 7a

Sarcasm

Misterduncan

Fun lessons from English teacher Misterduncan. Some lessons have subtitles, but we have noticed a few errors in spelling and punctuation!

Level: Upper Inter to Advanced. This website has video

Lesson 15: Slang

Lesson 20: Slang 2

EZSlang.com

Cool audio lessons on slang and idioms. Listen and learn!

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Slang of the Day

Read a new slang term every day. You get a picture, an explanation and examples. 

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American Slang

A selection of American slang and standard equivalents.

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Test yourself

Australian Slang Test 

Short multiple-choice quiz.

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Cockney Rhyming Slang

London has its own special brand of slang.  You may have heard of 'Cockney Rhyming Slang' (trouble and strife = wife; bricks and mortar = daughter, etc). Here's a short A-Z!

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