English Phrases with ‘Repeated Words’ used in natural English Conversation

In English there are many words that appear consecutively or are Repeated words, unfortunately, the Microsoft word marks them as incorrect. These words are used in daily English conversation and sound quite natural in spoken English. This English speaking lesson with Niharika would cover such 10 repeated English words, they are quite funny and you would have fun learning and using them in English conversations. Learn these expressions with example sentences to understand how to use them correctly in situational English so that you could sound natural, fluent and confident in your spoken English.

Complete Lesson Transcript –

Hello, hello everyone. I am Niharika and thanks for clicking. In this lesson today, we are gonna look at some informal phrases with repeated words. Now have you ever noticed people repeating the same word? Well, that brings you a new phrase altogether. So in this lesson today, we are gonna look at some informal phrases that you can use in your casual conversation with repeated words. Now if you use the same word once, it means different but the moment you add the same word again or you repeat the word, you get a new phrase altogether which means completely different. So that’s what we are gonna look at. I have ten casual phrases that you can use. So let’s get started.

The first one that I have for you is chop chop. So what does this really mean? Now if you look at the word, chop, if you use this word just once, then the meaning is, to cut. Right, to cut something, to cut vegetables, to chop vegetables but the moment you repeat the same word, which is chop, chop, you get a new phrase, which actually means to hurry up. So, when you want to ask someone to make it fast or to hurry up, you can use the phrase, chop chop, we’re getting late. Okay, so husbands especially can use it for their wives because women take a lot of time to dress up. So, if you want them to hurry up because you’re getting late, then use this phrase, chop chop, we’re getting late, we’ll miss the movie. Okay, so when you’re asking someone to hurry up, you use the phrase chop chop.

Let’s move on to another phrase which you can use, knock knock. Knock, knock, so what does this really mean when you use it in English when you use it in your conversation? Now it has two meanings, firstly, you might have heard about the popular knock-knock jokes. Maybe you crack all the time among your friends. So knock knock is actually the first liner of a joke. Okay, there are too many knock knock jokes that you will find online and the other way that you can use knock knock is when you want to ask someone to get aside or you want someone to hear you out. Okay, so just like you use excuse me please, you can also use it in a very casual way, in a very informal way. Knock knock, so you’re like knock, knock hear me out. Oaky so knock knock is basically, when you knock at a door. It’s the sound of knocking at a door but you can also use it when you are asking someone to excuse you. Okay so rather than just saying, excuse me, another different way is knock, knock.

Alright, let’s move on to the third phrase, which is tut tut. Now that sounds a little funny but what exactly does it mean? Now when you are extremely annoyed okay and you wanna express strong disapproval towards something or towards someone, then you say, tut tut like tut-tut that’s enough. Okay because you are annoyed and you are expressing strong disapproval. For example, your kids, at times they annoy you with their demands and parents get a little annoyed and they wanna show disapproval. They wanna express strong disapproval. So they can say, tut tut, I am not gonna take this like I am so done with these demands. Okay, so that’s how you can use this expression. Let’s move on to another one which is, now-now. Now now is also used to express mild disapproval. So this one is a little more of strong disapproval, especially when you are annoyed but now-now is a mile version of disapproval. Again when you don; t agree with something and you disapprove of something or someone, then you can say that now now that’s not a good behaviour. Okay, now now that’s not acceptable. Okay, so it’s a milder way of showing or expressing disapproval.

Let’s move on to the fifth one which is, here here. Now when do you use this? Again, you use it in a very informal way but you can use it when you wanna show a strong agreement towards something. Especially when you are debating over something and you agree to a point and wholeheartedly, you are like yes. You know that is absolutely correct. So rather than showing this, you can use the expression hear hear. So hear, hear is like, absolutely right. You completely agree with it. So you use this expression to show wholehearted agreement towards a speech or towards a debate. Okay, so an agreement towards someone or something. Especially related to a debate or a speech.

Let’s move on to the sixth phrase that I have for you which is there-there. When you see someone who is upset or is crying or a little unhappy about something, then it’s time for you to comfort them. Especially kids, this expression is perfect for adults, that they can use it for unhappy kids. So when you see a kid who is really unhappy, then you’ll be like, there-there, everything is going to be fine. You will feel much better. So there-there is a way of comforting someone who is unhappy. So when you wanna comfort a baby. When you wanna comfort children, then you can say, there-there, everything is gonna be fine.

Okay, let’s move on to another phrase which is aye-aye. So what does this really mean? Well aye aye is yes or sure. It’s an old-fashioned way of saying, yes. In fact, it’s more of a naval language. You know when captains used to order and the navals used to agree, they used to be like aye aye captain. So they used to say, oh yes, sure captain. So rather than saying, yes, they would say, aye aye. So it’s more related to the naval language.

Okay, let’s move on to another phrase which is so-so. So when do you use this phrase so-so? Well, when something is not very good and neither is it very bad. So for example, someone would ask you, so Niharika how was the movie? I would say, it was so-so. So, so so is like, the movie was not that great but it was bad either. Okay, so something moderate. I went to this new restaurant last weekend and the food there is absolutely so-so, so which means that it is not amazing. It’s not that great but it’s not bad either. Like yes, you can go visit that restaurant too. So something which is moderate, you end up saying or using the phrase, so-so, okay.

Let’s move on to another phrase, which is, fifty-fifty. Fifty-fifty, well when do you use this expression? Well again, when you are not sure about something. Okay may be something will happen and may be something might not happen. So it’s a fifty percent chance. When someone meets with an accident, the doctor says, that there’s a fifty-fifty chance of survival. So which means that either he or she will be fine or he might not be fine. So the chances are fifty-fifty when something has fifty percent of chances, you can use the phrase, fifty-fifty.

Okay and then the last one that I have for you is well well. Now when do you use this? Well, again you can use it in a casual conversation because it’s an informal phrase and you use it to show sarcasm or to show mild surprise. Like for example, you had a fight with a friend and this friend of yours said that I am never gonna come to your house ever again and at the next party, you see him at your house. So you’re kind of surprised and you also want to express sarcasm, then you will say, well well, look who’s here. Okay, so you are being a little sarcastic and of course, you are quite surprised as well because this friend of yours said that he will never show up and look he’s here now. So, well well can be used to express, to express mild surprise or to express sarcasm.

Alright, so these are the ten informal phrases with repeated words that you can sue in your English conversation and I’ll be back with a new lesson soon, till then you take care and bye bye.

1 comment

  • Hi. I’m a native English speaker. I love your lessons, but “tut tut” isn’t natural sounding at all, at least in America. Maybe in England? No one says it.

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