There are many kinds of British accents, and different accents will be heard in different parts of the UK, but today is mainly to introduce four British everyday words that you may not know.

Greetings in English

1. All right/ Alright

Knowing this word is very important, as long as you learn “Alright” you can say hello to others and develop your affinity. In books, you may have learned “How are you?” It’s a meet-and-greet greeting, but few people in the UK greet you like this, and they say “Hey!” You alright?」 to replace.

Although this is not a single word, in fact, the British often combine the two to become “Alright”, and later accepted as formal English, as long as it is used in informal settings is not a big problem. But seniors or more serious friends still feel that this word is wrong, so if it is formal writing or occasions, of course, you must use All right to respect others.

British Everyday Language – What does Pint mean? What does Broke mean?

2. Pint

If you are a drinking friend, you must remember “Pint”! It’s a must-have word for making friends in the UK and ordering beer at bars!

“Pint” This is a capacity unit, don’t think that this unit does not have the so-called United States and Britain! In the United States, “Pint” refers to 473 tons, and will be further subdivided into dry and wet pint; The Uk’s “Pint” represents a capacity of 568 milliliters, which is 20% more than the US standard! So if you go to the United States to order “Pint” and come back to feel that it is a small cup, this is very normal! Don’t rush to find a clerk theory.

3. Darling/ Mate

“Darling” is similar to the use of “Mate”, “Darling” will make people have a more intimate feeling, the word “Mate” originally has the meaning of companionship, but in fact, in the United Kingdom, whether in the shop, or just greet strangers, hearing others call you “Darling” is a very common phenomenon, and both men and women are also using, when you hear yourself called this, don’t be frightened, others are just polite. It’s like when we go to the breakfast shop to buy breakfast, won’t we also be called handsome and beautiful by our aunts? [Laughs]

“Mate” and “Darling” can be used interchangeably, without much difference, and are completely based on personal preferences or habits.

4. Broke

Just looking at “Broke” may make people think, “Ah, this is a past verb for Break, doesn’t that mean broken, broken?” But in fact, the British may see it as an adjective, and it will be transformed into “poor” or “no money”.

So many local British classmates or colleagues chant: “I am broke…”, but don’t misunderstand, but ask people where he hurt, this will make a big joke!

For more english phrases to learn, please refer to our other articles

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British Everyday Language – See the above definitions of words in the dictionary

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