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Improve your communication in English with popular culture

Improve your communication skills in English through pop culture. 

Surely ye have noticed this phenomenon but generally English – speaking countries often make reference to pop culture in their daily conversations.

In fact, if you’re not familiar with these expressions, it can be very confusing and feel a bit off. For these reasons, from ABA Inglés we want to give a consejitos to empaparos of popular culture of English – speaking and at least understand a native when using expressions of popular culture.

Ready? We started

See series and movies in their original language and English-speaking course

Surely with your friends and family you pass some time talking about series and movies that are following.

Also, we love to use phrases series and talk using these phrases, just as they do in English -speaking countries so it is very important to know what series and movies are the most followed in these countries to know what they are talking about.

Do not forget, if you do not understand what they are talking and if you have the intuition that relate to a sentence of a series or movie just ask; “Is that a series’s quote? “

Use dictionaries of urban culture

Although in most dictionaries of words generally do not often make references to the words that come from popular culture appear.

Urban dictionaries as dictionary include words such where you define what it means and where the word occurs in concrete.

Meet new trends

As is well known, written English may be different from spoken English, for example, we find the colloquial contractions, as want to -> wanna or later we found that young people instead of saying totally  say tots .

How do we know these new trends?

  • Current visiting blogs, checking these new words in the Urban Dictionary
  • Knowing new acronyms and abbreviations . Acronyms may appear in uppercase or lowercase but mean exactly the same.

Surely many acronyms you sound English, and very generally used in text messages and whatsapp etc.

Some of the most used are:

  • JK = Just kidding : s and use when you’re joking and means something like (just kidding)

You look so serious tonight, JK! (look very serious tonight, just kidding)

  • LOL = Laughing out loud: (laughter / laughing loudly) In the case of “ LOL ” you can hear even in spoken English and has spreadlot.

The image of the monkey is so funny, LOL! (The image of the monkey is fun, juas juas)

  • WTF = What the f *** ?:  used to exclaim surprise, but not a good, but something that surprised you much oddwy, could be translated as a (But what are you telling me?)

Your friend stole 300 € from me! (Your friend has stolen 300 €)11

W.T.F? My friend? (Whatmy friend?)

  • BTW = By the way: to add information, to be more specific (byway …)

I’ll bring something to drink. BTW, I will be there at 20:00

(I’ll bring something to drink. By the way, I’ll be there at 20:00)

  • IDK = I don’t know. I just do not know)

When is your friend coming? (When does your friend?)

Idk, ask Laura (Laura do not know ask)


As a last and fourth council, we suggest you a day in different apps market as it is very likely to hear expressions like we are whatsapping everyday. We have to accept that the apps are influencing much in popular culture.

The more you learn about popular culture, the easier communication como aprender ingles rapido e facil, because you can see that English speakers use a lot of these expressions and also your English sound much more fluid and realistic.

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