#201: These 7 Phrases will Make any English Conversation Easier!

In this episode of the RealLife English Podcast, Ethan and Andrea talk about a topic that often doesn’t get the attention that it deserves: cultural fluency. They offer their perspective on the culture of politeness in English, which might be different in your language.


  • Cultural fluency
  • Survival phrases

Words You’ll Learn:

  • A hot second
  • Long time no see!
  • Hey, stranger!
  • Cheers
  • Taboo
  • Faux pas
  • Look at something like a deer in the headlights
  • Stump your progress
  • Extrapolate
  • Bless you

Quick Definitions:

  • Sweep: clean (an area) by brushing away dirt or litter.
  • Keep in touch: to continue to talk to or write to someone
  • Get the meaning across: to make someone understand or believe something.
  • Brit: a person from Great Britain.
  • Make a toast: to make a short speech and take a drink in honor of someone or in celebration of something.
  • Dare: to be brave enough to do something difficult or dangerous.
  • Feeling fulfilled: satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character.
  • Non-judgemental: If a person or thing is non-judgmental, they do not judge or criticize.
  • It’s all well and good: phrase used to emphasize that a situation is free of any problems or worries.
  • Accusatory: indicating or suggesting that one believes a person has done something wrong.
  • Buy some time: gain some time.
  • Arsenal (of tools): collection or supply of something.
  • Rely on: to need a particular thing or the help and support of someone or something in order to continue, to work correctly, or to succeed.
  • Work wonders: to work really well.

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  • Jeff Manem says:

    I enjoyed listening in the podcast above, which explains everything in detail; the writing is fascinating and convincing. Thank you, and good luck with the upcoming items. Keep it up!