David Alicea: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
2:23 a runaway (... in the ghetto) a person (usually young) who runs away from home (and lands in a dangerous or undesirable neighborhood of the city
3:00 hacking it out getting by, surviving but not living well
4:25 foster homes family homes that offer to take in children who have no home; paid money by the government
4:55 rebelious not cooperating, acting out, behaving in a difficult way
11:27 a traunt a child who is absent from school
13:12 off my back stop bothering me
14:30 United Church of Christ a progressive U.S. Protestant Christian denomination
14:40 not God-forsaken (...but warmth-forsaken) not totally unwelcoming but not very warm
15:00 Nueva Vida Spanish name for “new life”
15:05 innovative doing things in creative and new ways
15:15 LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
16:38 come out (of the closet) become public about one’s (LGBT) sexuality
17:10 shunned by their religion avoided (or thrown out) by their church or other religious group
20:00 charismatic lively, active form of Christian worship practice (often including dancing, loud singing, many hand/arm gestures)

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.