Hey English Learners welcome to one more interesting English Speaking Lesson To help you speak English fluently and confidently. In today’s Spoken English lesson with Michelle you will learn Slang Words and Phrases with the Word ‘Cheese’. You might be wondering ‘cheese’ is only used in sandwich, but do you know that you could use the word in many different ways to make you English conversation interesting and fun to listen. I am sure you would have a great time learning these slang English phrases and would certainly make you English better and fluent.
Complete Lesson Transcript : –
Do you what this is? This is cheese sandwich and I absolutely love it. I’m a big fan of cheese and therefore I decided to make this lesson for you, because you know what? Cheese has gone way beyond Dairy, what I mean is, it’s not just an eating product, it’s just so many more functions, cheese is more than one type of a noun, it’s a verb and it’s also a phrasal verb and if you wanna learn all the different meanings of the word ‘cheese’, then keep watching this lesson with me, my name is Michelle and now I’ll enjoy my sandwich. So the first meaning of the word ‘cheese’ is exactly what you saw, you saw me eating cheese and that’s what it is, it is a noun and a dairy product which means it’s made out of milk and it’s a solid food which is very delicious and we all love our pizzas loaded with cheese and If you want to use it in a sentence, you could easily say that, “the waiter got her pizza with oodles of cheese’, oodles means lots of cheese. So cheese here is a noun, solid food made out of milk, solid food made from milk. Okay, now the next one that we have is cheese and cheese and cheese, do you remember I told you in the beginning of the lesson that the word ‘cheese’ has many meanings, you know what, ‘cheese’ as a noun itself can also have a different meaning, so this is cheese, the noun, okay? This is ‘cheese’, the noun and now we have ‘cheese’ the other noun, the other noun, okay and you must be like, enough of grammar, what is this other noun? So this other noun is actually inspired from the Hindi word ‘chiz’ which means a thing, okay and it has its origins actually in Urdu, the word ‘chiz’ means thing in Hindi. But in English it can be used for a person who is very important. So if you see that she’s “big cheese”, this means that she’s a very important person. So you could say that, “she’s a big cheese in the office”, which means that she’s a very important person in the office. Now the important thing is although this is inspired from the Hindi ‘chiz’ but the spelling remains same, okay? And you write it as ‘cheese’ and English has adopted it for this spelling. So it means a person who is very big or very important, “she’s a big cheese in her office”. Okay, now the first one is ‘the noun’ and the second one is the ‘other noun’. Now what about this ‘cheese’, what could it mean? Is this ‘cheese’ a noun, yes or no? This ‘cheese’ is a ‘verb’, okay? It’s a verb. Now this ‘cheese’ means cheese… how do I look when I say ‘cheese’? Well I’m always smiling but especially when I say cheese I’m smiling even wider. This is a common word that photographers use to get you to smile if they are clicking a picture. So whenever you are clicking a picture next time say, ‘cheese’ so that you can smile widely. So ‘cheese’ can be used as a ‘verb’ to ask someone to smile, you could say, “Hey, give me a cheese”, which means, give me a nice smile for this picture. ‘Cheese’ can be used as a verb to ask someone to smile. Great! But what about this again ‘cheese’, is this a verb or an adjective or a noun? Now this is also a noun, can you beat that? You never knew that ‘cheese’ has so many meanings, did you? You’ll love this lesson for sure. So this is a noun, so this is ‘the noun’, this is the ‘other noun’ and this is the ‘other-other noun’ and out here ‘cheese’ means money, okay? So this is a slang word for money and you can use it, it’s like an old slang word it’s often used in British English, so if you hear someone using cheese for money you know that they are Brit or possibly they are very good with British English. So cheese for money can be used like, “she’s not very happy with her job because she’s not able to make enough cheese”, which means she’s not able to make enough money. So this is how you can use cheese for the ‘other-other noun’ to mean money, okay? So these are the four ways and four meanings of the word, ‘cheese’. The first is a noun solid food, the second is cheese the other noun which is a very important person a big cheese is usually used with the word, ‘big’ so big cheese, she’s a big cheese and the third one is cheese and the fourth one is money, cheese. Okay now we look at some other words with cheese. So these words are a combination of words usually called as ‘collocations’, which means two words which come together to mean something. So the first one of these is “hard cheese”. Have you ever heard any other word combining with ‘hard’, think of it, take a few seconds, she has a very ___, she has a very hard ___. So let’s say that she always gets into something wrong, so she has a very ‘hard luck’, yes, you got it right. So ‘hard cheese’, could also mean ‘hard luck’ or ‘tough luck’, this is again British English but Americans also use it. So hard cheese means a person who has a really bad luck. Now don’t ask me that what’s so unlucky with cheese because I don’t know how it originated but that’s what it means. So you know I have this friend who works like throughout the month and gets only one pound per day for working eight hours every day. Now that’s hard cheese, which means that’s hard luck. Okay so this is hard cheese for you if you know someone who has a really tough luck you can use this to talk to them and tell them that they have a hard luck. Okay the next one that we have is “cheese pairing”. So like we saw that cheese has some connection with money, it’s also used for money here the same way cheese pairing here is also used for money. But here we have the word ‘pairing’, so here it means that a person who uses money very stingily or miserly, which means they don’t like to spend too much money and they take too much care when they’re spending money. They don’t want to waste money maybe and sometimes they just go a bit over with that, so they don’t want to spend over little-little things and they try to save money wherever they can. So if they’re buying vegetables, they’ll try saving money, if they are buying a car, they’ll try saving money. So such a person loves “cheese pairing” which means that they love you know saving money or spending money miserly and if you want to use it in a sentence you could say that, “she’s really not into cheese pairing” or pinching which means to spend money miserly, I’ll write it here for you. I guess you’re already hungry now because I’ve talked about so much cheese don’t worry just two more to go. So the next one is “head cheese” and here we are again talking about food. Okay so this is a kind of food, “head cheese”. When I talk about, I’ve already told you its food, okay so when I talk about ‘head’ what can you think of, something vegetarian or non-vegetarian? Non-veg. When you think of cheese, it’s vegetarian? Okay that’s a cliché, but sort of vegetarian for some people it’s still non-vegetarian because it comes from the animals but it’s vegetarian because we are not eating animals, we’re eating a product by the animals. Okay so ‘head’ is non-vegetarian and cheese is vegetarian, so what about the food dish, it’s a vegetarian or non- vegetarian? Well the answer to the million dollar question is, it’s non vegetarian. Yes, “head cheese” is actually a “jelly meat”, the meat looks like cheese, okay possibly like goat cheese. So it looks like a jelly and cheese so that’s why it’s called head cheese. So this meat is basically made out of pig’s head, calf and neck. So that kind of meat which looks like jelly and cheese is called head cheese. If you were a non-vegetarian, you could have eaten this but since you are not a non vegetarian you cannot eat head cheese. So do remember that you cannot eat head cheese, it’s a meat or jelly meat and the origin of this dish was in Europe and as usually eaten cold. I’ve not yet tried it, if any of you have tried it then do let me know in the comments of how it tastes, I think I’m going to try this too, since I love cheese so much. This is not cheese. Okay the last one we have is “cheesed off”. Did you get my expression? “Cheesed off”, this means that I am quite cheesed off, annoyed or irritated cheesed off, means to be annoyed or irritated. So if you’re really annoyed irritated you could say that you’re cheesed off and my friend who is not able to make enough cheese at his 1 pound job, he is quite cheesed off with it, which means that he’s quite annoyed with it. Now we’re gonna look at all the words once again, cheese the noun and cheese the other noun and cheese this means to smile it’s a verb and then we have cheese as money and all of these are collocations that you can use and if you’re not cheesed off then congratulations because we are at the end of the lesson and you can go ahead and have that cheese pizza cause I know you’re very hungry now. So thank you so much for watching this lesson with me and come back for more this is Michelle signing off bye-bye.