When learning a language, it’s always important to learn casual, everyday words and expressions. In fact, using slang is a fun way to connect with a culture and its people. But, be careful, with slang comes great responsibility. This is because you should always try to remember when to use the right word or expression for the right situation, and also, be sure to only use them among friends and peers.
Although each English-speaking country has its own set of slang words, many of the same slang is often used in different countries. This is especially so when it comes to dating and relationships. So, if you want to talk to your English-native friend about your dating or relationship experiences, the list below is perfect for you.
To ask out someone is to ask them to join you for an activity, like going to dinner, with the hope that you may eventually have a romantic relationship. For example, “I really want to ask out Katie, but I get shy every time I see her.”
Babe comes from the word baby. It’s kind of a nickname that’s used by both men and women in a relationship when they speak to each other. For example, “Babe, do you want to stay home and watch a movie tonight?”
This slang term is primarily used in America and made popular by hip hop and R&B music. It comes from the word babe and means “before anyone else.” Bae is used when speaking about the person you’re in a relationship with. For example, “I know I spend all my time with Ashley, but she’s my bae.”
To break up means to end a romantic relationship. For example, “I’m going to break up with Matt because he doesn’t like my cat.”
Crushing, or having a crush, is when you like someone romantically but you haven’t told them how you feel. For example, “Sarah has been crushing on Mark for six years.” Or, “I have a crush on my friend’s brother.”
This is when two people spend time together going on dates, which are activities such as going to the movies or to a restaurant, to see if they should start a relationship. For example, “Mike and I have been dating for three months. I’m meeting him for a date tonight.”
When one person ends a relationship. For example, “Mary didn’t leave her house for weeks after Sam dumped her.”
Ghosting is to suddenly end all communication with someone without giving any warning or explanation. For example, “I can’t believe Jessica ghosted me after five dates.”
An ex is someone who you used to be in a romantic relationship with. For example, “I hate that my ex and I have the same friends.”
This means spending time with someone who you are interested in being in a relationship with. For example, “They have been going out for two months.”
Spending time with someone to see if you like them or if you want to be in a relationship with them. It’s less serious than dating. For example, “John and I are just hanging out.”
To hit on someone is to say something to them to show that you are interested in them sexually or romantically. For example, “Tim said he liked my hair but I know he was just hitting on me.”
A hookup is a, usually short, casual sexual relationship. Hooking up with someone could mean anything from heavy kissing and touching to having sex. For example, “Sam and Annie always hook up when they meet at parties.”
Lead (someone) on
To lead someone on means to encourage their romantic interest in you but you don’t want to be in a relationship with them. For example, “I know now that Dave was just leading me on, he never wanted to be with me.”
This is when you spend a lot of time with someone, dating casually, but neither person says what the relationship is or what they want from each other. For example, “Tim and I are in a situationship.”
Thirsty is used to describe someone who shows a lot of interest in someone who they want to either have a sexual or romantic relationship with. It’s not a positive term so you shouldn’t use it to describe yourself. It basically means being desperate. For example, “Amy is so thirsty. She will hook up with anyone who hits on her.”
This is when someone who ghosted you (disappeared without warning or explanation) suddenly starts communicating with you again like nothing happened — as if back from the dead. For example, “After ghosting me last year, Tim is now zombieing like he didn’t disappear for nine months.”
Using slang is a great step in language learning. It’s also an important factor in being able to communicate in a natural way. Of course, you won’t be using a term like zombieing in your everyday speech, but it’s still a fun slang to know and use if needed.