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  • Hi.

  • Sending out love to all the corners of the world.

  • This lesson is about expressions-some of them slang-about love and relationships in English.

  • Love to everyone out there; thank you.

  • My name's Ronnie and I'm going to teach you some slang.

  • I'm going to teach you some expressions that we use all the time.

  • Maybe you know the first one: "crush" from Instagram.

  • So, recently I've been seeing a lot of Instagram pictures, and people will put, especially

  • in another language: "crush".

  • Do you know what that word means?

  • Literally it means that you: "Arrr", you squish someone.

  • Don't do that.

  • But when we use it in slang in English: "to have a crush on someone", it means you like

  • them.

  • Maybe when you see them, you get a little nervous and you get...

  • Your stomach feels funny, and you can't talk.

  • "Oh my god.

  • I'm going insane."

  • Or...

  • Or...

  • Or...

  • Or you get: "[Hyperventilates].

  • Oh my god".

  • So: "to have a crush on someone" means you like them.

  • Now, if you are lucky, the person that you have a crush on has a crush on you as well.

  • So, they like you, too.

  • Now, if you're not lucky, then...

  • Yeah, you just go home and cry in your big pillow, I guess.

  • I don't know what you do.

  • Hang out with your friends.

  • Study English, yeah, that's what you do.

  • Oh, don't do that.

  • So, the next one: "hit it off".

  • So, "hit".

  • "This is so violent, Ronnie, what is happening?"

  • If...

  • You're not actually going to hit the per-...

  • Please do not ever hit a person.

  • If you "hit it off with someone" it means that you and your crush, or you and your...

  • The person that you're dating really, really, really like each other.

  • You actually enjoy what the person is saying, and you don't find them that strange; although

  • they might be very strange.

  • But "to hit it off" means right away you know that you would like to see the person again.

  • Oo.

  • Also, we have another expression that means the same thing: "to get on like a house on

  • fire".

  • So, you're thinking: "Oh, wow, okay, my house is on fire, Ronnie...

  • This...

  • This is...

  • How can this be good now?"

  • First of all you're hitting people, and now your house is on fire, but actually "to get

  • on like a house on fire", again, means the same - is you have a really, really good beginning

  • relationship with the person.

  • So, I guess the house being on fire means it burns quickly, like the flames of love.

  • So, both of these expressions: "hit it off" and "get on like a house on fire", these are

  • very good expressions and it means that you're doing something right.

  • Okay?

  • The person hasn't run away yet.

  • Wait til number seven.

  • So, the next thing that might happen is maybe you go on a date with someone, and you like

  • them and they like you - you hit it off, but then they don't text you or you don't text

  • them because you're playing a wee game, and the game is called "hard to get".

  • So, if somebody plays hard to get, it means that they don't tell the person exactly how

  • they feel about them, or instead of texting them right away, they wait one hour for the

  • text, or two hours.

  • "Why didn't he text me back?

  • Oh my god", and you check your phone.

  • "Is it working?

  • Is it...?

  • Hello? Mom?

  • Oh, Mom, no."

  • So, if somebody's playing hard to get, it means they're not responding to you right

  • away, and they're kind of playing a game with you.

  • They're waiting to see how you will respond to them.

  • So, playing hard to get, it's a game - be careful when you play games with people, because

  • I don't know, I don't think it's cool at all; unless it's chess.

  • I really like chess.

  • Do you want to play chess with me?

  • I lost my chess buddy.

  • Next one.

  • Maybe you hit it off with the person, and they play hard to get a little bit, and maybe

  • you get them, but it was just a "fling" or a "one-night stand".

  • But you're actually not standing.

  • Well, you could; depends on your style.

  • So: "have a fling" means you have a short romance-or sex-with someone.

  • It's not a relationship, but it could be very intense love or it could be just a one-night

  • stand.

  • A "one-night stand" means basically you are with the person for one night.

  • And when I say: "with the person", you're not playing chess; you're actually having

  • sex.

  • So, to have sex with a person for one night and never see them again or never call them

  • again is called a one-night stand.

  • You'll see this all the time in movies, and people have a one-night stand.

  • Or you can have a fling with someone.

  • A fling is usually longer than a one-night stand; maybe a month, two months.

  • How much do you want to fling?

  • Now, let's say that your relationship develops into more than a fling and you want to get

  • married to this beautiful girl or beautiful boy.

  • What might happen is somebody might pop...

  • That didn't work.

  • "Pop the question".

  • If you pop-or past tense "popped"-the question, this means someone asked you to marry them,

  • or you ask someone to marry you.

  • So many romantic stories about people popping the question in Italy, or when they're skydiving

  • - don't drop the ring!

  • Oh, don't drop the ring.

  • Or river rafting - don't lose the ring in the water.

  • So: "popping the question" means you are asking the person to marry you.

  • Traditionally, the man does it; traditionally.

  • Ladies, if you'd like to pop the question to your man, go right ahead.

  • But traditionally, they go down on their knees and they ask.

  • So romantic.

  • What if they say no?

  • Oh, god, so embarrassing.

  • You're skydiving; maybe you don't open your parachute?

  • You try...

  • Don't kill people!

  • So, after you popped the question, the person says yes-hopefully-you can do what's called

  • "tying the knot".

  • Hmm, that sounds kinky.

  • No.

  • "Tying the knot" means you get married.

  • So, there is a ceremony maybe, there's a wedding, and you tie the knot - basically means you

  • are now married.

  • I am sure that this must come from an older tradition where people tied something together

  • and they made a knot, and that's how we got this expression.

  • You've got homework: Please Google the origins of "tying the knot", and then write it in

  • the comments and tell me, or make it up - I won't know.

  • I'm not going to Google it; that's your homework.

  • Okay?

  • Next one: Once you get married and you love this person forever, you might refer to the

  • person as "my better half" or "my other half".

  • So...

  • "Oh, god, why did I cut myself in half?

  • And where's my other half?"

  • So: "the better half" means your mate; your boyfriend or your girlfriend.

  • We kind of say this like a joke, that: "You're not the good one; it's your husband or your

  • wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend who's the better person than you are."

  • Oh, that sounds rather discouraging as a human, but "your better half" basically means your

  • partner, and it's a joke.

  • Next one.

  • Uh-oh.

  • This happens a lot.

  • Maybe you did something bad or really stupid.

  • Okay?

  • This happens all the time...

  • And, oh, this isn't a drink, but you'll probably need one.

  • If your relationship is "on the rocks", you're not actually at the seaside or you're not

  • drinking some whisky with ice.

  • "On the rocks" is very bad.

  • If your relationship is on the rocks, it means that it is not going very well.

  • Maybe it's going to end; I don't know.

  • I hope not, but if something's on the rocks, it's a negative thing and it means the relationship

  • is kind of bad.

  • We have another expression: "in the dog house".

  • So, this is...

  • Men usually say this, they say: -"Oh, geez, I'm in the dog house."

  • -"Well, no you're not - you're standing right in front of me.

  • How are you in a dog...?

  • Why are you in a dog house?

  • How did you get in the dog house?

  • It's tiny; you're massive."

  • If somebody's in the dog house, it's basically saying that the person had a fight and things

  • are not going well.

  • Now, this is traditionally when men go to the supermarket and buy flowers.

  • So, every time I see a man in the supermarket buying flowers, I think: "Oh, you've done

  • something wrong, sir.

  • But you've got those flowers and everything will be fine."

  • Hopefully you won't be in the dog house anymore if you bring your lady or your gentleman some

  • flowers, then you get to sleep in the bed again.