Fun Easy English Classroom February 1


Learn American
English slang
beginning with
letter A
Slang Letter A

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn some slang beginning with the letter A.
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Slang: American English Slang - Letter A

Today learn slang beginning with the letter A.
Slang Definition Usage
ace very good He's an ace reporter who always gets a good story.
action excitement Do you know where the action is in this town?
airhead a stupid person My sister's boyfriend is an airhead.
all wet completely wrong Your ideas about politics are all wet.
all-nighter studying all night I almost fell asleep during the test after an all-nighter.
ammo ammunition The gun was useless after the killer ran out of ammo.
antifreeze alcohol I really need some antifreeze in me on cold days like this.
armpit undesirable place This entire town is really an armpit.
ass backside She fell on her ass on the ice skating rink.
ass obnoxious person Sometimes you act like such an ass.
awesome great What an awesome sunset today.
From YOUR Teacher: Ass

This slang term is used all the time in conversations among native English speakers. This word really fits for the theme of the classroom this month.

"You have a really nice ass" (backside or buttocks) is something a guy might say to his girlfriend. "You are really an ass" (obnoxious person) is something a girl might say to her boyfriend. lol.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 32 - Welcome to the Treehouse!
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna introduces her new partner, MINDY. They are working together on the new children's show: "The Time Traveling Treehouse." Then, some coworkers watch the show. What will they think of the show? Will they like it?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! Today is a big day. My first children’s show is on television! Woo-hoo! I’m excited and nervous.
Ms. Weaver: Hello, Anna.
Anna: Hello, Ms. Weaver!
Ms. Weaver: Some people are going to watch your children’s show. After they watch it, they’ll tell me what they liked, and what they didn’t like.
Anna: Oh, dear.
Ms. Weaver: They’re in the conference room. They’re in the conference room.
Anna: Hello, everyone. I’m Anna, and thanks for coming!
Coworker 2: What is the show about?
Anna: It’s a children’s show.
Coworker 1: But we are not children!
Anna: This children's show is different. I hope.
Coworker 3: I don’t really like children's shows.
Anna: Shhh, please. The show is starting!
Anna: Oh, hi! Just give me one minute ….oops! Oh well. I can fix that later.
Anna: Hello, I’m Anna! Welcome to “The Time Traveling Treehouse!” This is not a usual treehouse. It can time travel! That is why it’s called "The Time Traveling Treehouse."
MINDY: Anna, do not forget me.
Anna: Of course not! This is my partner, MINDY!
MINDY: My name means Massive Information Navigation Device, for You!
Anna: That means we can travel to many places and learn many things. Kids from all over the world ask us questions. We find them answers!
MINDY: Woo-hoo! That is right, Anna.
Anna: MINDY, what is our first question?
MINDY: Layla asks us this question.
Layla: Hello, Anna! Hello, MINDY! I'd like to know -- how do you play baseball?
Anna: That is a great question! MINDY, we need to find her an answer!
MINDY: I know that we can find it, Anna!
Anna: Where am I now? MINDY, now I am on a snowy mountain!
MINDY: That is a good place to learn how to ski.
Anna: Yes, MINDY, but it cannot teach us about baseball! And I don’t know how to ski!
MINDY: Sorry, Anna. Let’s try again.
Anna: Where I am now!? MINDY, I am in the ocean! An ocean cannot teach us about baseball!
MINDY: Please don’t yell, Anna. The ocean can teach us about surfing.
Anna: Yes, MINDY, it can teach us about surfing … and sharks! Ahhh!
MINDY: Anna, please wait. I need to fix my navigation device
Anna: MINDY, please fix it faster. And get me out of here … now!
Announcer: Whoa! Is Anna going to be lost forever? Next week, you can watch part two of “The Time Traveling Treehouse!”
Coworker 1: Aw, man! Will the shark eat her?
Coworker 2: Will Anna find the answer?
Coworker 3: Please tell me the ending!
Anna: So, you liked it?
Coworkers: Yes!
Anna: Well, you can watch the ending next week!
Coworkers: Noooooo!
Anna: Don’t forget to watch next week!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words for this lesson. You can also learn about direct and indirect objects.

Use this video to learn about pronouncing two interjections: "Aw, man!" and "Woo-hoo!"
New Words
  • answer - n. something you say or write when someone asks you a question
  • ask - v. to say or write something to someone as a way of gaining information
  • device - n. an object, machine, or piece of equipment that has been made for some special purpose
  • ending - n. the final part of something
  • fix - v. to make (something) whole or able to work properly again or to repair (something)
  • information - n. knowledge that you get about someone or something such as facts or details about a subject
  • massive - adj. very large and heavy
  • mountain - n. an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill
  • navigation - n. the act, activity, or process of finding the way to get to a place when you are traveling in a ship, airplane or car
  • partner - n. one of two or more people or businesses that work together or do business together
  • shark - n. a large and often dangerous sea fish with very sharp teeth
  • ski - v. to move or glide on a pair of long narrow pieces of wood over snow or water
  • surf - v. to ride on ocean waves using a special board (called a surfboard)
  • travel - v. to go to a place that is far away
  • treehouse - n. a small house that is built among the branches of a tree for children to play in
  • aw - interjection. used to express mild disappointment or sympathy
  • man - interjection. used to express frustration
  • oops - interjection. used to express surprise or distress or to say in a mild way that you are sorry about having done or said something wrong
  • shhh - interjection. used to tell someone to be quiet
  • whoa - interjection. used to tell someone to slow down or stop and think about something
  • woo-hoo - interjection. used to express excitement

What do you think of Anna's new show? Does it remind you of a children's show you watched? Tell us about your opinion of Anna's show and suggest other questions for Anna to answer. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using interjections with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.