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Five ways to master British slang as an international student

Many international students have learned English as a second language in their home country only to come to the UK and encounter an array of words, phrases and regional accents that they haven’t come across before.

The difference between learning a language in a classroom and having a conversation with native speakers can often make you feel like you’re learning a new language all over again.

This is especially true in the UK. Despite being a relatively small country, there are about 40 different dialects used in the UK.

The most common accents include the Birmingham (or Brummie) accent, the Liverpudlian (or Scouse, from Liverpool) accent, the Yorkshire accent, the Scottish accent, the Welsh accent and the East London (or cockney) accent.

A speaker with one accent will pronounce certain words differently from an individual with another accent, and many areas tend to have their own particular phrases, sayings and regional words that aren’t used anywhere else in the UK.

Confused? If so, check out these five tips for international students who want to master British slang.


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