Tag Archives: slang

The Language, Lifestyle and Universality of Skater Speak

Recently there appears to be an international outbreak of Thrasher T-shirts, hats, and hoodies on the streets from Kanchanaburi, Thailand to Hong Kong to Sunnyside, Queens. It’s doubtful that this retro skate apparel trend is isolated to just these varied places. Thrasher, if you don’t know, is one of two magazines that launched in the(…)


Why Cursing In Another Language Feels So D*** Good

A stubbed toe. That moment when you press send on a message that you really, really shouldn’t be sending. Waking up the morning after a night where go for a beer turned into doing shots. You know the word. We teach children that it’s rude to swear, cringe when they blurt out profanities learned on(…)


5 Words You’re Better Off Avoiding in Argentina

It’s no secret that Spanish is a sticky language to learn. It’s not because it is particularly tough grammatically, but because it differs so greatly from country to country where it is spoken. If you’ve learnt Spanish in Spain or Mexico, when you take your linguistic prowess down south to Argentina, you may be surprised(…)


10 Slang Words and Phrases for Your Trip to Cuba

Unless you’ve been living on some internet-less, TV-less mountain somewhere, you’ve probably heard the exciting news: Cuba is finally opening up to tourism from the U.S.! This gorgeous island has plenty of wonderful sights to see, whether you’re interested in studying relics from the Revolution, or want to check out Cuba’s pristine beaches. People are(…)


The Top Portuguese Slang You Need in Brazil

Oi! Tudo Bem? Are you down with the lingo thrown around on the streets of Brazil? No? Well you should be. As important as it is to master the ins and outs of grammar, if you want to achieve fluency, you have to learn how a language is used by ordinary people. And what represents(…)


French Slang Terms to Help You Speak Like a Local

To become fluent in a language, you need to move beyond textbook grammar and learn how first language speakers actually talk. An important cornerstone of this native fluency is slang. French is no different. Casual French is full of words and expressions that you won’t find in your textbook. These words give colour to the(…)