Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Eat Sleep Dreamers welcome back to another lesson with me Tom. Today we're looking at ten very British verbs. But before we get into that I'd like to thank today's sponsor, which is Lingoda. Lingoda offers online language lessons with qualified native speaking teachers. Now this is great because you can get highly qualified teachers wherever you are in the world because it's online.You can study whenever you want. So you sign up on a monthly basis and then you have a range of group or private classes to choose from. Now there's loads of variety which keeps it fresh and interesting. Now they teach English but they also have French, German and Spanish. Now this is what so many of you guys have been asking me about. How can we learn English online? Well this is a fantastic opportunity. So Lingoda have kindly offered you guys fifty dollars or fifty euros off your first month's subscription. So I've left a link in the description below. 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Often you'll see it in invitations for example 'Do you fancy..?' 'Do you fancy to go to the cinema?' 'Do you fancy coming round for tea?' That kind of thing. So yeah a really common useful verb. Fancy. Number two and the is nothing more British than a good queue. We love queuing. It's out national sport, queuing, we're the best at queuing in the world. I mean, I know there's some competition but we are pretty good at queuing. So the verb, to queue. I would say that's a pretty British verb. To queue. So it means to wait in an ordered line. For example you queue at the supermarket, don't you. You might queue at the bus stop to get on to the bus. So to queue, pronunciation queue. 'Sorry I'm late, I had to queue for ages at the bank.' Let me know in the comments below, do you guys think that you are the world's best queuers? Because you know, I think British people are the best at queuing so you let me know. We might have to start an Olympics for queuing. See who get the gold, the silver and the bronze medals. I think we'll get the gold but if you think differently tell me. Number three is a very British slang verb. It's to nick something, to nick something. To nick means to steal, it's exactly the same, it's a synonym of steal. So 'somebody has nicked my phone!' Means somebody has stolen my phone. Number four 'to chat someone up.' This is a phrasal verb, you can see chat is the verb and up the preposition there. So to chat someone up is to talk to them in a flirtatious way, in a way where perhaps you have romantic intentions. Something like that anyway. An example sentence 'Did you see Katie getting chatted up by the barman?' Alright, so did you see Katie being talked to by the barman who had flirtatious or romantic intentions. With this phrasal verb you'll notice that it can be split with the object. So for example 'Are you going to go and chat up that guy?' That guy is the object, it comes at the end after the phrasal verb. You can put that in the middle as well 'Are you going to go and chat that guy up?' As with all these verbs they are all informal words so think about when and how you are going to use them and think about is the situation you are in appropriate to use these verbs. Number five, slightly rude. To take the piss out of someone. This is to tease them, to make jokes about them. It could be for many different reasons. It might be because of somebody's hair or because they did something silly or stupid. It could be because their football team lost, it could be many different reasons. To take the piss, it is slightly rude, it's not a swear word or anything but it is a little bit rude so bear that in mind. So I think I've told you guys before I have had many many many bad haircuts. So my friends used to take the piss out of my hair. So they would make jokes about my hair, they would laugh about it, yeah they would take the piss, it's fair enough. So an example sentence 'My mates used to take the piss out of me for having bad hair.' I think I've fixed that problem, I hope so. Alright this one is awesome. It's more of a phrase really but it's still considered a verb. to leg it. And this means to run quickly. Usually if you are escaping something. So for example my favourite TV programme when I was a kid used to start just after my school finished so I would leg it back from school so that I could watch the programme. So I used to leg it back from school, that's to run really quickly from school to get somewhere 'So I used to leg it back from school to watch this programme.' Number seven might be one of my all time favourite words, to faff. Now to faff is to do things that are not important. To do all the the little things that are, you just don't need to do and not because they are the most important thing that you need to do right now. So for example whenever we used to leave the house my Mum would just do little things. She'd make sure the cushions were in the right place on the sofa or she'd quickly tidy the shoes so that they were all in the right order. Just doing things and you are like Mum we need to go, like that's not important right now. Stop faffing! So to faff is just to do nothing really to do very unimportant stuff. It goes with the words about and around. So you can say to someone 'Stop faffing about!' 'Stop faffing around!' Like, stop doing little things that are not important. And just for the record I also do a lot of faffing so yeah I'm a big faffer. What an amazing word. What's that in your language, translate that word for me into your language, to faff. What's that in Arabic? What's that in Spanish? What's that in Mandarin? Let me know. Here's another phrasal verb 'to splash out'. We splash out on something. Now to splash out is to spend a lot of money. So for example. So let's say you are going out for an anniversary dinner with your partner and you go to an expensive restaurant. You say 'Look it's our anniversary, we should splash out.' And that means you know, it's our anniversary why not spend more money than normal. The opposite of to splash out is to flog something. Now flog is a very informal verb, it means to sell something usually quite quickly or quite cheaply. So for example 'I'm trying to flog my old car.' It means I'm trying to sell my old car whether it's quickly or cheaply. So i'm trying to flog my old car. And our final verb for today is to wind somebody up. This is to annoy them. If you wind someone up you annoy them, you get them angry. I tell you what winds me up guys, it's when people try to get on to the tube, on to the train before everyone gets off. That really winds me up. It's like guys this doesn't make sense. Like let me off the train and then there's more space for you to get on the train. That's logical right? But no no people want to get on the train without thinking. That really winds me up. So, that's a great little verb to know 'What winds you up guys?' Let me know. Tell me in the comments below. What winds you up? Awesome! That was ten very British verbs. Before you do anything else guys, remember to go and visit Lingoda, go check them out. Click the link below and use the offer code that they have given us TOM. Go sign up for your month subscription with fifty euros or fifty dollars off. It's a great offer, so go check them out guys. I hope you enjoyed this one. If you did let me know, give it a big thumbs up, tell me in the comments below and of course share it with anyone you know that is trying to learn British English. If you can think of any other British verbs then please share them with in the comments below so that all the other Eat Sleep Dreamers can learn from you. 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