Would you know what I meant if I said “oops!”? What about “uh-oh!”? Sometimes Americans use words that aren’t really words to communicate basic thoughts. Today's video teaches you seven non-verbal expressions that you will hear from your neighbors and co-workers. If you see them written, they don’t look like words, but I assure you, they have meanings. Some of them you may already know.
1. Mmmm! – This is delicious.
2. Oops! – I made a mistake. Maybe: I dropped something.
3. Psst. – Come here. I have something private to tell you.
4. Uhh (or: Ummm…) – I don’t know. I’m not sure what to say.
5. Uh-uh. – No.
6. Uh-huh. – Yes. Sure. I agree.
7. Uh-oh. – Here comes trouble. Something wrong is happening.
Several of these expressions are spelled similarly, so listen carefully. There’s a huge difference between answering a question with uh-huh and uh-uh. To practice saying them, ask a native speaker to help you practice the right intonation.
You can take a quiz on these expressions below. (Don't peek above!)
Match these expressions with their meanings:
____ I made a mistake. Maybe: I dropped something.
____ Here comes trouble. Something wrong is happening.
____ Yes. Sure. I agree.
____ This is delicious.
____ Come here. I have something private to tell you.
____ I don’t know. I’m not sure.
[To practice your listening skills, re-visit the What's Up? segment for the show with Paulo Saiani.]