Did you just receive your acceptance letter into one of the best English language schools in Manchester? Congratulation!
Now it’s time to think of accommodation – have you considered homestays programs before? No? Take a look here to find a bit more on why we are recommending homestays with a local Manchester family (you will be learning English faster too).
But before we get into details, there are a few special English words you should know before you come to Manchester. “Slangs” are words and phrases that are regarded as very informal and are usually found only in one area or one part of the country.
Below you can find a list of the most frequent slangs you will hear in Manchester:
Mither – to make a fuss or moan about something; “it’s no mither” is “is no bother”
Ginnel – you would probably call it an “alley”
Hanging – we are not talking about something hanging in the air; when we say it, we mean “disgusting” – hopefully, we will never see that again!
Bobbins – when children are present and we want to avoid saying something is worthless or shitty
Dead – really or very
Do one – make steps, disappear, we don’t want to speak with this person anymore
Scran – food, food, food!
Top banana – about something really cool
You might also hear other few slangs, that are more common in England, than in other parts of the country or other English-speaking countries:
Mint – we are not talking about the herb; here it means “great”, “amazing”, “cool”
Make us a brew – “us” actually means “me” and “brew” refers to “tea”; so the translation is “make me a cup of tea”
Tea – the evening meal; not to be mistaken with dinner!
Dinner – lunch, the meal you take at midday
And while we are here, you should also know there are a lot of differences between the English language from Britain and American English, the one you probably learnt at school and you hear in movies. We put a few examples of words that don’t mean the same thing, even though both are in English. Check our blog, “British vs American English”, to be a step ahead of your classmates!
One last thing, if you are interested to join our BunkOut homestay programme, please let us know! You can contact us and we’d love to help you find the perfect family that will offer you an authentic British experience.
Here at Bunkout, we connect international students with local hosts. You’ll share a meal, learn customs, hear stories and enjoy traditions with the people that make the place what it is. If you want to live with a host and be part of an authentic British experience, you can contact us at 07908 708896 (if you are in the UK already) or write us an email on email@example.com