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Take the UK Colloquialism Quiz

When you’re an English speaker, it can be easy to forget that English is a very diverse language.

However, for North Americans who venture ‘across the pond,’ many experience the strange sensation of knowing the language but not understanding what’s being said.

That’s because the UK is rich with English dialects and accents, both of which have an impact on how a non-native speaker would comprehend what’s being communicated (more on the difference between accents and dialects here).

There are so many sayings – otherwise known as ‘slang or colloquialisms’ – that are unique to each region in the UK, which is home to the countries of Britain, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Test Your Knowledge of British Slang and UK Colloquialisms

If you want a taste of what it’s like to travel the UK while not leaving your home, you can take our quiz below and find out where you fall on the spectrum: From as ‘smooth as a native UK citizen,’ to ‘North American English only.’

You can listen through audio samples of some of the sayings and phrases that you might hear if you traveled through the UK, take a guess at their North American equivalent and see how you score – then challenge your friends to do the same!

Please note: These recordings have been completed by Voices voice over talent, and selected in consultation with a dialect coach. The accents of the UK are incredibly diverse – more so, than we could ever depict in one article, quiz or audio file. However, if you’d like to hear more, you can also travel the world of UK accents in our Accent Map.

Don’t forget to answer ALL the questions so your results will appear at the bottom of the page!

UK Colloquialisms Quiz

“Have a butcher’s at this”

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“It’s an absolute blinder!”

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“Ya daft apeth!”

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“What you skriking for?”

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“Oh don’t pay any attention to Jeffery, he’s all mouth and no trousers.”

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“Fine words butter no parsnips.”

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“Oh, I'm all in a tizz wozz.”

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“Me in me glad rags.”

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“Why aye man, ad do anything for a canny bag a tuda.”

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“Where’s that to?”

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“Cwtch up by yer, cariad.”

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“Are you reading that magazine you're sitting on?”

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“Whit's fur ye'll no go past ye.”

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“Haud yer wheesht!”

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“Lang may yer lum reek.”

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“Shut the windie.”

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  • Avatar for Heidi
    Heidi
    January 31, 2019, 10:32 am

    Great fun quiz!

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    • Avatar for Tanya
      Tanya
      February 8, 2019, 7:52 am

      So glad you enjoyed it Heidi! Thank you for giving it a try 🙂

      Reply
  • Avatar for Julie McKenzie
    Julie McKenzie
    February 7, 2019, 6:56 pm

    Tanya well done!!! This was fun. I got 75%. Your work is brilliant.

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    • Avatar for Tanya
      Tanya
      February 8, 2019, 7:50 am

      Hi Julie! Thank you so much for taking the quiz & commenting! We really wanted to create engaging, fun content. Your score is also very impressive – good job!

      Reply
  • Avatar for Germano Andrade
    Germano Andrade
    February 15, 2019, 10:02 pm

    English can really vary a lot, with accents

    Reply
  • Avatar for Jennifer Littrell
    Jennifer Littrell
    February 21, 2019, 11:06 pm

    My apologize, but I don’t understand the concept of this game. Please advise.

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    • Avatar for Tanya
      Tanya
      February 22, 2019, 8:16 am

      Hi Jennifer!
      In a nutshell, the concept plays on the fact that English speakers around the world may use very different words to say the same thing. For example, what an American may call the ‘trunk’ of a car, might be called ‘the boot’ by someone in England. We’ve rounded-up phrases like this from around the UK and have included the vocal files so you can hear someone saying them out loud. The object of the game, is allow those who are unfamiliar with UK phrases and colloquialisms, to guess what they mean. Plus, it’s fun to hear so many varieties of English!

      Reply
  • Avatar for Cam
    Cam
    February 26, 2019, 2:04 am

    75%! I’ll take it. Fun to hear these phrases.

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    • Avatar for Tanya
      Tanya
      February 26, 2019, 3:25 pm

      Great work! Thank you so much for taking the quiz – we’re glad you had fun 😀
      – Tanya

      Reply
  • Avatar for Joyce Grey-Carter
    Joyce Grey-Carter
    June 14, 2019, 8:24 pm

    Hello. My name is Joyce Grey-Carter. I would like to enquire about sending you an audio demo reel.

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    • Avatar for Joyce Grey-Carter
      Joyce Grey-Carter
      June 14, 2019, 8:31 pm

      I enjoyed the quiz. I am from London UK, born and bred. My parents are from Jamaica. I managed 81% on the quiz. Let it be known that because you are from the UK, it doesn’t mean you know and can understand the all the various colloquialisms. A Londoner for example wouldn’t be necessarily familiar with every regional accent in the UK.

      I would love if you could do a quiz using English colloquialisms across the USA.

      Thanks

      Joyce

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  • Avatar for Ian
    Ian
    July 4, 2020, 2:35 pm

    Great

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  • Avatar for Kevin Chan
    Kevin Chan
    September 15, 2020, 1:09 pm

    Very interesting

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  • Avatar for Aaron longmate
    Aaron longmate
    September 15, 2020, 2:34 pm

    Thanks. Great quiz

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  • Avatar for A Fosker
    A Fosker
    September 21, 2020, 1:49 pm

    Where can I see the results?

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    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      September 21, 2020, 3:45 pm

      You can see the results at the bottom of the post after answering every question in the quiz.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Brie McPhall
    Brie McPhall
    October 5, 2020, 1:49 pm

    Great quiz

    Reply
  • Avatar for Joseph Leigh Bryant
    Joseph Leigh Bryant
    October 15, 2020, 9:12 am

    Cool quiz

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  • Avatar for Deborah R Ellis
    Deborah R Ellis
    October 20, 2020, 10:40 am

    Fun.

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  • Avatar for Sohaila Yosry
    Sohaila Yosry
    October 20, 2020, 3:07 pm

    Fun

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  • Avatar for Dave Goody
    Dave Goody
    October 31, 2020, 7:36 am

    Good

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  • Avatar for Kasidy Austin
    Kasidy Austin
    January 24, 2022, 12:23 pm

    Awesome! Quiz So Fun! My Favorite English Quiz Ever!

    Reply