Catchy phrases that teach rhythm!
Use this when you are saying goodbye to someone. It’s a friendly way to say goodbye. Usually, people say this when they are kids. Most adults won’t use these phrases.
A: See you later alligator,
B: After while crocodile,
A: Not to soon you big baboon
A way to shorten this, that adults might use is:
If you think of this phrase as a poem, you may think that you have to look at the end of the phrase. However, the rhyming part happens in the middle. Look at the ending parts of later and gator. They look different, but they sound the same. That’s why this rhyme works. See you later, alligator.
No way, Jose
You can use this one as a friendly way to disagree with someone. For example, you are playing a game of cards and your friend yells, “I won!” You can reply with, “No way, Jose!”
Or try this:
Your child tells you they want to stay up even later than usual, you can jokingly say, “No way, Jose!” That’s a fun way of telling your child no.
These silly English phrases are great ways to add some zest to your English!