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  • Beware! This can get quite cringey!

  • [cringey attempt

  • Er...I don't think I can do it.

  • LULZ

  • (ghetto) Basically... (posh) today...

  • I still can't do it lulz

  • SO BASICALLY-

  • Nah, that doesn't work...

  • I'm just gonna talk in my normal voice...

  • Hi~ (lol oh so professional)

  • Hello

  • Today I am going to be talking about something called

  • "Multicultural London English"

  • a.k.a. "MLE".

  • MLE is this:

  • WAG1 MUMSIE! (Hi Mum!)

  • OH MY DAIZ! (OH MY GOD!)

  • My arm's bare soft tho! (My arm is really soft though!)

  • 100% MOIST! (100% LAME!) (NB: Moist has 2 meanings the other meaning is sexual.)

  • I'm going yard (I'm going home)

  • Wot? (What?)

  • Y'guys know how much trouble I'm in, blud?! (Do you know how much trouble I'm in?)

  • Just cotch, TJ, man! Just relax, TJ!

  • R u dumb, blud!? (Are you stupid?!)

  • GO ON FAMALAM! (GO ON MY CREW!)

  • MLE is an accent and a dialect that is spoken by a lot of young people in London.

  • But the thing is, no one really knows what MLE is.

  • No one really calls it that.

  • That's just the official linguistic term for it.

  • In every day language, you're going to hear it being referred as

  • "London slang"

  • "street slang"

  • "youth slang"

  • "ghetto accent"

  • "gangster accent"

  • etc.

  • So today I'm going to show you some MLE words

  • BUT~!

  • Before we do that, I just need to tell you some important things about MLE.

  • So...let's get started~!

  • One!

  • It's a hybrid accent that has influences from West Indies,

  • Cockney,

  • Estuary English

  • and South Asian accents.

  • It's mostly influenced from the West Indies

  • Which is why it's often associated with Black people

  • And seen as a "Black people's accent"

  • But anyone from any race can have this accent and talk in this way.

  • Two!

  • It's a youth slang

  • And it's associated with young people

  • Because it's a fairly new accent that hasn't really emerged until around like the last 30 years or so.

  • Therefore, people who speak with this accent are young.

  • You won't really see anyone who is over 30 and talking in this accent.

  • I'll probably say the maximum age you're even "allowed" to talk in this accent

  • Is around... 20-25 years old?

  • Is that pushing it...?

  • If you're older than that, and you try and speak like this

  • You just sound like an oldie who is trying to be cool...

  • Like me...like me... lol

  • Three! Three!

  • It's labelled as a "London accent"

  • But not EVERY young person in London talks like this

  • And it's not JUST people in London who have this accent and use the slang as well.

  • Some other places in England use the slang and talk like this.

  • Four!

  • Accents can determine social class

  • And MLE has a negative stereotypical image.

  • So, if we're going to compare this to something like RP, which is "Received Pronunciation"

  • If you have a RP accent, you are likely to be stereotyped as being posh, rich, arrogant and well-educated.

  • In contrast, MLE has a negative stereotypical image

  • And is associated with antisocial behaviour, being gangster, being uneducated, being intimidating...

  • It's just not very good...

  • And it's so bad that even in some schools

  • They have banned the use of some MLE slang words

  • [A] school here in London has banned it's students from using certain slang words

  • A new clamp down on slang

  • Harris Academy in Croydon has banned words like "coz" and "innit"

  • in an effort to improve standards of English.

  • These are not terms that apply in the world of work.

  • It makes them sound stupid and uneducated

  • Hang on! Now wait, you said stupid, why does it make them sound stupid?

  • It's very controversial

  • Five!

  • Some young people don't talk with the MLE accent but they will use the MLE slang(dialect) words.

  • And a lot of people know how to code switch.

  • And what I mean by code switching is that they will change the way they talk depending on the context and the situation.

  • So, my accent is a stereotypical Estuary English accent

  • Which is like a standard normal accent you will hear in the south east of England.

  • I... know I had like... LOADSSSS of comments from my last video

  • - One of my old videos (The British English Tag)

  • Saying that I'm not British and that my accent doesn't sound very British...

  • But...erm...why don't you come to England and judge for yourself?

  • Because I'm pretty sure my accent sounds very common...

  • ...

  • So my accent is an Estuary English accent which is a stereotypical normal accent you're gonna hear in the south east of England.

  • But if I'm in informal situations such as with my friends

  • My accent may turn more MLE and I may use MLE slang words

  • On the other hand, if I'm in formal situations such as at work or in an interview or something

  • My accent will sound more RP, a bit posher and I'll try and be a bit more well-spoken.

  • Even like right now in this video lol

  • So depending on the context and the situation, a lot of us can easily~ just switch.

  • Just like the way we talk differently between our friends and family and at work etc.

  • Same thing happens here...

  • Therefore, you should never ever ever use MLE in formal situations.

  • Like NEVER EVER EVER use it in a job interview

  • Because you won't get the job...

  • I'm serious...you won't get the job...

  • Six! Which I think is the most important thing

  • Which is that you have to "talk" in the accent for it to work.

  • You can't say it in like a RP accent

  • Because it just doesn't work!

  • And it just sounds cringey, and people are just going to laugh at you because it sounds awful

  • You can't be like:

  • (RP attempt) Wassup bruv

  • (RP attempt) Safe, fam

  • (RP attempt) Oh my days, blud

  • Basically, yeah?

  • It just doesn't work. You can't do it.

  • You can't do it in that way.

  • Otherwise you just sound cringey, you sound stupid, just don't do it in a RP accent!

  • Because it just DOES NOT WORK!

  • You gotta like TALK in the accent for it to work.

  • You gotta be like:

  • (MLE attempt

  • So lyk basically ye

  • wot happend ye wz lyk

  • bin gettin lyk bare comments on ma youtube, ye

  • sayin im nt british

  • KMT

  • r u f***n dumb, bruv?!

  • r u dumb, bruv?!

  • r u f**n dumb, bruv, ye?

  • lyk jus coz im not white ye, dnt mean im nt british

  • KMT

  • That's how you do it... (lol I tried)

  • So...that was MLE explained

  • And I'm like tired because that ended up being longer than I thought it'll be...

  • And now let's finally get into the main part of this video!

  • WADOOOOO~! ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨

  • So here are some MLE words.

  • I apologise in advance that this can get quite cringey

  • And erm...I hope everyone just like...looks at this with an educational perspective...(Don't kill me lol)

  • Why am I doing this again?!

  • I just feel like a lot of people outside of the UK have misconceptions about London slang

  • And there's a lot of background information that you need to be aware of before you start using it.

  • Let's start off easy, yeah?

  • Innit

  • Never gonna use, innit?

  • You have now innit?

  • Abbreviation of the word "isn't it".

  • Which we usually just add at the end of every single sentence

  • Just to add... an extra POOF of effect!

  • No one's gonna find out about it, innit?

  • You flopped, you know that innit?!

  • Innit innit innit

  • Man

  • Anything K, man!

  • Shut your mouth, man!

  • Fam

  • Don't get me involved, fam

  • Lesoi! Who's got more links, fam? (links= friends)

  • Bruv

  • I'm not even lying, bruv!

  • Alien, bruv!

  • Blud

  • Are you stupid, blud?!

  • Are you deaf, blud?

  • You can use these interchangeably

  • And it's a way to address someone, usually your friend.

  • Y'ALRIGHT, BLUD?

  • Sick

  • Something that is cool.

  • Dat is sik. (That is cool)

  • Bare

  • Be worth bare money

  • A lot; many; very; so

  • She's bare annoying! (She's so annoying!)

  • My arm's bare soft tho! (My arm is very soft though!)

  • You know I like my boys bare skinny, innit? (You know I like my boys really skinny, don't you?)

  • Buff

  • Ah, she's buff y'know, blud

  • Peng

  • Just means attractive

  • Shabba denaya! Dat gurl is PENGGGG! (OMG ! That girl is hot!)

  • Safe

  • Now "safe" has got like three meanings:

  • (1) It can be used as a way to greet someone

  • Safe

  • (2) It can be used as a way to say thank you

  • It's for you

  • Safe

  • And (3) it can be used as a way to describe someone (or something) to be cool or chilled

  • So (for e.g.), "That guy was safe."

  • Allow

  • Allow it, my man

  • Allow it, man

  • Forget that something or just to let something go

  • Let it go~ ♪ Let it go~ ♪ ❄️⛄️

  • Tell your Dad to allow it, man. (Tell your Dad to leave it).

  • Allow it, man. (Leave it) Allow it, man. (Forget it)

  • Allow her, man. (Forget her)

  • Butterz

  • What does it mean?

  • Ugly.

  • Shut your mouth you butterz sket! (Shut up you ugly slut!)

  • Your sister's butters anyway, man (Your sister is ugly anyway)

  • Butters butters butters (Ugly ugly ugly)

  • Bait

  • Don't be so bait, man

  • I warned you not to be so bait, man. But you never listen!

  • Being blatantly obvious about something

  • You're too f***n bait! (You're too f***n obvious!)

  • You can use it for another context which is like, if you get caught or found out about something.

  • So you can say something like,

  • "Don't bait me out"

  • Meaning don't grass on me (grass is another old slang lol)

  • Or don't...er...tell on me, kind of thing. (It's used to report the misdeeds of another person.)

  • Does that make sense?

  • Beef

  • I like this one lol

  • Beef

  • Is it beef, bruv?

  • Beef beef

  • To have a fight

  • You lot not been beefing again, nah? (You two haven't been fighting again, have you?)

  • "You want beef?!

  • Meaning, "You wanna fight?"

  • "You two got some beef going on there?"

  • = "Is there some kind of like disagreement between you two or something?"

  • I'm not gonna have any beef between you lot! (I will not have you two fighting!)

  • Jack

  • (British nursery rhyme) ♪ Jack and Jill went up the hill ♪ ♪ To fetch a pail of water

  • Jack fell down and broke his... crown

  • And what? I can't remember the lyrics lol

  • Jack

  • Let's jack it!

  • Jack a bullyvan (bullyvan= police van)

  • To steal

  • Sam jacked my sister's Gameboy, yeah? (Sam stole my sister's Gameboy)

  • "He jacked my pen"

  • = "He stole my pen"

  • Jacked it off my mum (Stole it from my mum)

  • And those are some MLE words~

  • TA DA! (CRINGEY LULZ)

  • I don't know how out of date I am with these words...

  • Because..er...it's been a while since I was last in school lol

  • And I'm over the age range...

  • I'm like over 25...lol

  • So...erm...I'm not allowed to talk like this anymore!

  • So I hope this video is useful for people

  • ESPECIALLY for my non-UK viewers (I made this video JUST FOR YOU ALL!)

  • For my fellow UK viewers I hope this is approved by you guys... (I tried, man. I tried. Don't kill me lol)

  • And if you don't approve, feel free to write in the comments below

  • If you feel like I've missed anything, feel free to write them all down.

  • I know there are loads of other words that I haven't included

  • So feel free to teach people new words in the comments down below

  • Because I'm not doing a Part Two video

  • Don't expect me to do a Part Two. (Already embarrassed myself with this one lulz)