Here are a few slang words that are commonly used in IELTS Speaking and recognized in English dictionaries, like Oxford and Cambridge:
Hooked [on Something] (Adjective)
Enjoying something so much that you are unable to stop having it, watching it, doing it, etc.
Example: I’ve been really hooked on that new Netflix show called Queen’s Gambit.
Chill means relaxed – synonymous with / laid-back / or / easy-going /.
We’re a lot more chill about this than our parents were.
The bar has a pretty chill vibe and the service is great.
Shoot the breeze (Phrase)
to spend time talking about things that are not important:
Example: We spent the whole afternoon shooting the breeze.
[to] Screw up – (verb)
to do very badly or fail at something:
Example: “That test was my last chance to save my grades and I screwed up.”
This word is often used to refer to an item (or service) that is unreasonably overpriced, compared to its true value.
Example: “Charging 500.000 dong for a bowl of Phở is such a rip-off”.
[to] Rack one’s brain (Phrase)
This phrase means trying to think, to remember something.
Example: “Regarding the specifics of the event, I do not remember the exact details now so I might need to rack my brain for just a bit.”
The phrase / to go viral / when used for something, a phenomenon, like in structure / something + go viral /, the thing mentioned here is gaining in popularity quickly.
Example: “The film trailer went viral on Facebook and Youtube within 24 hours of its release”
Used fully in / to pull an all-nighter / – refers to staying up all night.
Example: “I pulled 3 all-nighters straight during the week of my finals”
Used heavily in street Hip-hop, / hype / means the hype of popularity following a trend (usually the short term). Over time, this word has been used to refer to anything that generates a lot of excitement and anticipation, from movies to clothes, etc.
Example: “There is a lot of hype around the release of those brand new Nike sneakers”.
This word is mainly used in today’s youth to refer to an atmosphere, properties, energy that something brings – usually an immaterial thing, like a song, a space or a love. situations.
Example: “This song is giving me some positive vibes.”
Hang out (verb)
Example: I’m gonna hang out with my best friend this weekend. We should hang out some time.