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INTRODUCTION
John: Common Slang Expressions Used Among Friends
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ItalianPod101.com. I'm John.
Ofelia: And I'm Ofelia!
John: This is Must-Know Italian Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 14. In this lesson, you'll learn common slang expressions used among friends.
John: Master these expressions to impress your friends.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Ofelia: sòla
Ofelia: Che taglio!
Ofelia: rere
Ofelia: schiappa
John: Ofelia, what's our first expression?
Ofelia: sòla
John: literally meaning "sole." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "flaky."
Ofelia: [SLOW] sòla [NORMAL] sòla
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: sòla
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when referring to an unreliable friend. Especially when he/she has a commitment with you and suddenly changes his/her mind.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] La mia amica è una sòla, mi dice sempre che deve studiare. [SLOW] La mia amica è una sòla, mi dice sempre che deve studiare.
John: "My friend is so unreliable, she always says she has to study."
Ofelia: [NORMAL] La mia amica è una sòla, mi dice sempre che deve studiare.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Ofelia: Che taglio!
John: literally meaning "Such a cut." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "So funny!"
Ofelia: [SLOW] Che taglio! [NORMAL] Che taglio!
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: Che taglio!
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to suggest you had fun or you liked something a lot.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] A: Ecco Luca. B: Che taglio! [SLOW] A: Ecco Luca. B: Che taglio!
John: "A: Here is Luca. B: He's so funny!"
Ofelia: [NORMAL] A: Ecco Luca. B: Che taglio!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Ofelia: rere
John: literally meaning "not my responsibility". But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "that's what they told me."
Ofelia: It is a contraction of two Latin words - relata, meaning "stated," and refero, meaning "I report."
Ofelia: [SLOW] rere [NORMAL] rere
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: rere
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when saying that you have no relation with what you reported and you assume no responsibility.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Questa è la storia. Rere. [SLOW] Questa è la storia. Rere.
John: "That's the story. That's what they told me."
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Questa è la storia. Rere.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Ofelia: schiappa
John: literally meaning "scrap." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "dud."
Ofelia: [SLOW] schiappa [NORMAL] schiappa
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Ofelia: schiappa
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when referring to a dud person in a very colloquial conversation.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Mio fratello è una schiappa in tutti gli sport. [SLOW] Mio fratello è una schiappa in tutti gli sport.
John: "My brother is a dud at every sport."
Ofelia: [NORMAL] Mio fratello è una schiappa in tutti gli sport.
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: A friend just told you a joke.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: Che taglio!
John: "So funny!"
John: She’s always making up excuses.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: sòla
John: "flaky"
John: Someone who is just hopeless.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: schiappa
John: "dud"
John: You’re just reporting a rumor.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Ofelia: rere
John: "that's what they told me"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four Italian Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at ItalianPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Ofelia: A presto.

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