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Learn the language of the street - what people say and the topics they like to talk about. Take a look at these relationship words and phrases and then take the Lingo Challenge!

  • a chick, a bimbo - These are informal (and unpleasant) terms for a girl or girlfriend.
  • a bloke, a guy, a geezer - These are informal terms for boyfriend.
  • He / She is good looking! - She's pretty / sexy! He is handsome / sexy!
  • She's a real babe! - She's gorgeous!






Going out





 Asking someone out a date

  • To go on a blind date - To go on a date with someone you haven't met before.
  • a chat up line - a line to get yourself talking to someone e.g. 'Do you come here often?'
  • To ask someone out - to invite someone on a date
 Advertisements for love - 'small ads'

  • WLTM - Would like to meet
  • GSOH - Good sense of humour
  • LTR - A long term relationship
  • NS - non smoker
  • easy-going - relaxed, not easily annoyed or upset.
  • fun-loving - young at heart, enjoys having a good time.
  • socialising - spending time with friends
  • solvent - not in debt or owing money.
  • broadminded - tolerant of different kinds of behaviour and opinions.
  • likeminded people - those who share interests and opinions.
 Being in love

  • I'm mad/crazy/bonkers about him! - I really like him and can't stop thinking about him!
  • He's the love of my life. - He's the one I love.
  • I think the world of him. - I respect and admire him very much.
  • I'm head over heels in love. - I am totally in love.
  • He is The One - I know it! - I'm certain he's the only one for me!
  • We're living together. - We share a home.
  • We're going to take the plunge. / I'm going to make an honest man of him. - We're getting engaged [to be married].
  • My other half / my better half - My partner [male or female]
 Getting serious

Finishing the affair
  • Things just aren't working out between us. - Things keep going wrong in the relationship.
  • We're bickering all the time. - We're arguing about unimportant things.
  • He's never got any time for me. - He's too busy [or maybe selfish] to see me.
  • I'm sure he's having an affair! - I'm sure he's seeing someone else [and not telling me].
  • We're going to couples' therapy. - We're having professional help [counselling] to try and improve our relationship.
  • I need some space. - I need some time to think on my own.
  • Let's have a trial separation. - let's stop seeing each other [for a while].
 Lingo Challenge!

Try using as many of these phrases as you can in a one-minute conversation! How many will you manage to use? Have fun!

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