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Speak like the English


If you speak the English language then you’ll generally understand what folks are saying.  However there are plenty of words that belong uniquely to the people of England, and a few local variations too that may leave you at a complete loss as to what’s being said…  Check out the English phrases & words below, Guv:

  1. Ta
    Another way of saying thank you (particularly in the Midlands and North England).

  2. Ta ra
    Not another version of thank you, rather a way of saying good bye.

  3. All right?
    Commonly used as a greeting, like asking 'how are you?'

  4. Guv’nor (or simply ‘Guv’)
    More commonly used by Londoners and is shortened from Governor.  It’s like saying ‘mate’ or ‘buddy’.

  5. Plonker
    A stupid person.

  6. Chav
    A derogatory term meaning tacky and used to describe a persons character as well as their clothing.  Best not to say to someones face.

  7. Gann’n doon toon
    Hailing from the north-east of England and translates to ‘going into town’.

  8. Aye
    Another word hailing from the north-east of England and meaning, simply ‘yes’.

  9. Ow bin yer?
    Midlands-speak for ‘how’ve you been?'.

  10. Owd up
    The way the folks in the Midlands say ‘hold up’ (or ‘wait a minute’).


*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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