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unlocking informal english a guide to slang and acronyms
Unlocking Informal English: A Guide to Slang and Acronyms
unlocking informal english a guide to slang and acronyms

Unlocking Informal English: A Guide to Slang and Acronyms

As an international student in Canada, you’ve embarked on an exciting journey of education and cultural exploration. One aspect of this adventure is mastering the English language, which often involves not only formal vocabulary and grammar but also the informal language used in everyday conversations. One prominent feature of informal communication is the use of slang and acronyms. Here, we’ll delve into a list of common slang acronyms that you’re likely to encounter while studying in Canada.

1. ALR – Alright

“Hey, are you coming to the study group later? ALR?”

Starting with a casual tone, “ALR” is a quick way to confirm or agree with something. When a friend asks if you’re joining a study session, a simple “ALR” lets them know you’re in.

2. TMI – Too Much Information

“I couldn’t believe she told us all about her breakup. TMI!”

When someone overshares personal details, you might respond with “TMI!” to express that the information shared was more than you needed to know.

3. NGL – Not Gonna Lie

“NGL, this poutine is amazing.”

Use “NGL” to preface an honest opinion. If you’re complimenting the deliciousness of Canadian cuisine, like poutine, “NGL” adds a touch of authenticity to your statement.

4. AMA – Ask Me Anything

“Join us for an AMA session about campus life this Friday.”

In a dynamic learning environment, you might come across an “AMA” event where students or experts encourage questions from the audience about a particular topic.

5. LFG – Looking for Group

“I’m LFG to play some basketball at the campus court.”

For those who enjoy group activities, “LFG” is an abbreviation that signifies you’re on the lookout for others to join you in a shared interest, like a basketball game.

6. TBD – To Be Determined

“The date for the international student orientation is still TBD.”

When details are yet to be finalized, “TBD” is used to indicate that a decision or schedule is still in the works.

7. TBH – To Be Honest

“I’ve never tried ice skating before, TBH.”

“TBH” is a handy way to share your candid thoughts or feelings on a matter. In this case, admitting that you’ve never been ice skating before.

8. HBY – How About You

“I just finished my assignment. HBY?”

When you want to know how someone else is doing or what they’re up to, “HBY” is a friendly way to extend the conversation.

9. TW – Trigger Warning

“TW: This video discusses sensitive topics like mental health.”

In discussions or content that could potentially trigger uncomfortable emotions, a “TW” is used as a heads-up to the audience.

10. BYO – Bring Your Own

“The potluck dinner is a BYO dish.”

When attending gatherings, especially potluck events, “BYO” indicates that participants should bring their own items, such as food or drinks.

11. BOGO – Buy One Get One

“Did you hear about the BOGO sale on winter jackets?”

When hunting for deals, “BOGO” alerts you to a promotion where purchasing one item gets you another one at no additional cost.

Mastering these acronyms will not only enhance your language skills, it will help you feel more integrated into the local culture. Embracing slang and informal language shows your adaptability and willingness to engage in the Canadian way of communication. So, whether you’re ALR with slang or still TBD, remember that language is a journey – and you’re on the right path to becoming fluent in both formal and informal English.

Source: urban DICTIONARY
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