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Improve Your English All You Need To Know About Chuffed
Here is the latest Learn English 99 podcast from Adept English. The idea is to release a new “mini” format learn English podcast in between the Monday main podcasts. We hope you enjoy our mini podcasts and we welcome your feedback. You can feedback directly in the comments section of the podcast post on adeptenglish.com, or if you use Facebook then please comment there. Tell us if this new type of short podcast is helpful. Thanks.
So today, let’s take an English slang expression for this podcast. So slang S-L-A-N-G is a form of English which is very much used by native English speakers, but which you probably wouldn’t learn on a traditional language course. So today’s slang word is ‘chuffed’. C-H-U-F-F-E-D. So if you already know that word, if you already know what ‘chuffed’ means – well done, you’re doing well.
Hi I’m Hilary and this is a new, short podcast from Adept English. Our main podcast goes out on a Monday. And we’re going to continue doing that – but we thought that we’d experiment with putting out another, shorter podcast later in the week. Let us know whether you like this idea – whether you think that you would listen to another, shorter podcast. We always like to hear feedback from you.
The idea is that we’ll vary the content of the short podcast, just like we do with the longer podcast. So today, let’s take an English slang expression for this podcast. So slang S-L-A-N-G is a form of English which is very much used by native English speakers, but which you probably wouldn’t learn on a traditional language course. So today’s slang word is ‘chuffed’. C-H-U-F-F-E-D. So if you already know that word, if you already know what ‘chuffed’ means – well done, you’re doing well.
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Slang Is Used In Every Language
If someone says to you ‘Oh, I’m really chuffed’ it means I’m really, really pleased. Something has happened and it’s made me feel really quite happy. You might hear ‘I’m really chuffed because I’ve been offered a new job’ or ‘I’m really chuffed because I found my lost car keys’. Or if someone is even more pleased, even more happy at some news, they might say ‘I’m chuffed to bits’. So it could be ‘I’m chuffed to bits with my new car. It goes like stink’ - that last part means that it goes very fast! Or I’m chuffed to bits – my sister’s having a baby’.
Is THIS A FORM OF Posh Slang?
Now if you’re very posh – so I always use Princes William and Harry here – you probably wouldn’t say ‘chuffed’ or ‘chuffed to bits’ - or at least not in an official press release or on television. You would be much more likely to say ‘I’m thrilled’, or even ‘I’m thrilled to bits’. This is the kind of thing they say when someone gets engaged or married, or a new baby is born. So listen out for this on the news, perhaps!
But for the rest of us, who aren’t upper class or royalty, ‘I’m chuffed’ or ‘I’m really chuffed’ or ‘I’m chuffed to bits’ means that we’re really quite pleased! You can even say ‘I’m well chuffed’ - which is actually quite bad English, but people do say that!
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
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