So you walk over & start khổng lồ say, “Uh, hey baby. I mean, uhhh, err, hi. I, er…my, my name is…” But by the time you say that, the person has already turned around và left.
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But it doesn’t have to lớn be lượt thích that! If you learn some pick-up lines fromthis post, you can start a conversation with lots of people và make your friends laugh, too.
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What Is a Pick-up Line and When Do People Use Them?
A pick-up line is a line (phrase) that someone says khổng lồ try khổng lồ pichồng up (get the attention of) a stranger who they’re interested in romantically. Pick-up lines are most often usedat bars, parties và other social events.
When you’re talking to someone who you’reinterested in romantically, it can be called flirtingwhen you give sầu them compliments. That’s a verb, “to lớn flirt,” and a synonym is “lớn hit on”someone. Be sure to include the “on,” because to simply “hit someone” is very different!
The phrasal verb “pick up” can have sầu a few different meanings. If you pick up someone in this context, it usually means that you get that person lớn give you his or her phone number or lớn meet you for a date sometime later.
I said “his or her,” but pick-up lines are usually used more bymen. I’m not sure why this is, but everyone can think they’re funny & learn from them.
Pick-up lines have a strange reputation. Most people think the lines are stupid and cheesy (not cool). But at the same time, most people also think the lines are funny, so sometimesthey’re used just to make the other person laugh.
Why ShouldYou LearnPick-up Lines in English?
You should learn these lines because they’re great for improving your vocabulary & fluency. Most pick-up lines are funny because they play onwords & their meanings in an unexpected way. So if you can understand the double meanings of the lines, it’s probably a good indication that your English cấp độ is improving.
Pick-up linescan also help you better underst& the culture of English-speaking countries. They’re commonin movies, TV shows and songs. Andif you ever hear one of these at a buổi tiệc ngọt or a bar, it’ll be useful to know if someone is hitting on you!
Plus, you can even use a pick-up lineas an “ice-breaker” when talking with your friends, or any time you want to have sầu a laugh. Just beware: The person you’re talking khổng lồ might laugh at you… & then maybe give you their phone number!
10 Funny Pick-up Lines khổng lồ Help You Learn English
Here we go! Basically all of these are cheesy & not serious, but they can be hilarious when used correctly (or also incorrectly, really). I chose them because if you ask someone, “What’s the funniest/weirdest/dumbest pick-up line you’ve heard?” then he or she will probably tell you one of the English phrases on this danh sách. Enjoy!
1. What’s your sign?
Ah, the classic pick-up line! Most English speakers would probably say that this line started in the 1960s or 1970s, maybe with hippies that were really into lớn space và astrology.
In this line, the word “sign” means an astrological sign on the zodiac (lượt thích Taurus, Pisces, Sagittarius, etc.). Astrological signs are thought lớn be associated with a person’s personality. So by asking for your sign, it means the asker is interested in knowing more about you.
But be careful, because this line might backfire (have the opposite effect of what you expect). The person you’re talking to could say that their sign is “stop,” lượt thích the traffic sign!
2. You must be tired, because you’ve been running through my mind all day.
You probably know the verb “run.” It normally means khổng lồ walk or jog really quickly. If someone was running all day long, they would be really tired.
That’s the first meaningof this pick-up line, but there’s a play on words.If someone or something is “running through your mind,” it means you’re thinking about that thing or person.
So with this line, you’re basically saying that you’ve been thinking about the otherperson all day. The person won’t actually be tired just from “running through your mind” because they haven’t physically been running. That’s the joke.
It almost sounds sweet, doesn’t it?
3. If I said you had a nice toàn thân, would you hold it against me?
Here’s another great example of a line that plays with the meaning of words.
The phrase “hold it against me” is a synonym of “be angry with me.” For example, if you say that my shoes look stupid, I may be mad, and hold it against you. So, because of your bình luận, I might not let you come shopping with me next time.
But, as you may know, “hold against” can also mean to lớn hold two things together. So in this case, the speaker wants their bodies lớn be held against each other, or in other words, lớn get close and touch.
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The double meaning is what makes it funny/clever.
4. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
This is one of my favorites, maybe because it seems a bit desperate.
You may have sầu heard of love at first sight—that’s when youinstantly fall in love sầu with a person the first time you see hyên ổn or her.
But with this phrase, the speaker is offering to lớn walk by again if the other person doesn’t believe in love sầu at first sight. This way, if the speaker walks by a second or third time, they’ve sầu created the possibility of“love at second sight” or “third sight,” etc.
5. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.
This line plays with homophones (two different words that sound the same). In this case, the letters “U” and “I” sound lượt thích the words “you” and “I.” The word“rearrange” means to lớn put something in a different order.
So basically, lượt thích all pick-up lines, the speaker just wants khổng lồ get closer tothe listener.
One grammar comment: This example is technically incorrect. You should say “I’d put you andme together,” since here we should use object pronouns (lượt thích “me”) & not subject pronouns (lượt thích “I”). But like many things in English, sometimes even native speakers don’t speak 100% grammatically correct. Plus, it would also ruin the joke!
6. Is it hot in here, or is it just you?
This line plays with words, but in a different way. Here it takes one common phrase that people might expect, & changes it a little bit.
If you feel hot (or cold), but you’re not sure if it’s just you who feels hot (or cold), then you might ask, “Is it hot/cold in here, or is it just me?”
Here the speaker just replaces “just me” with “just you,” indicating that the listener is hot (attractive).
Also note here that usually the word “hot” does not necessarily mean that you want to get physical, like in some languages. If a person really wants khổng lồ get intimate (make love), the adjective is “horny.”
In this context, though, “hot” just means attractive, pretty, beautiful, handsome, etc.See, I told you that you might learn some useful new vocabulary!
7. Was that an earthquake, or did you just roông chồng my world?
If someone or something “rocks,” that person or thing is excellent. So, I could say “Wow, you rock!” meaning “Wow, you’re awesome!” Ifthat thing (or person) is reallyawesome, you can say it“rocks my world.”
The verb “rock” also describes a side-to-side movement (imagine rocking a sleeping baby in your arms, for example). If there’s an earthquake, the ground shakesandrocks.
So in this line, you’re basically saying that the person is really cool because they rocked your world! But you’re using an earthquake so you can make a play on words with the verb “roông xã.”
8. Want lớn go outside with me & get some air? You took my breath away!
If you’re at a tiệc ngọt và it’s hot or stuffy (hard to breathe), then you may want to go outside for a few minutes to “get some air.”
But in this line, you’re saying that you need the air because the other person has taken your breath (air) away.
They didn’t literally steal your air, though. Here’s the second meaning: When someonetakes your breath away,it means that you’re astonished (surprised) by someone’s beauty.
So you’re giving a big compliment when you use this pick-up line.
9. Are you Jamaican? Because “Jamaican” me crazy!
This one plays with vocabulary và pronunciation! A Jamaican person comes from Jamaica, so we can understvà the first question.
But the second part of this pick-up line maysound strange at first.If you pronounce it a bit differently, “Jamaican” sounds lượt thích “you’re makin"”: You’re making me crazy!
In this case, being crazy is a good thing, meaning that the speaker is in love sầu.
10. Here I am. What were your other two wishes?
I like this one because somehow it’s cheesyandarrogant.
You’ve sầu probably heard stories about a magic bottle or lampwitha genie insidewhoalways gives three wishes.
The idea here is that the speaker thinks he or she is so incredible, they’re lượt thích a wish come true. The speaker is suggesting that the listener used one of three wishes to wish for the speaker to appear.
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So now the listener only hastwo remainingwishes—& hopefully the next wish isn’t “Please go away!”
There you have sầu it: Enough classic & fun pick-up lines lớn make everyone laugh the next time you’re practicing your English. Good luck, và happy flirting!
Ryan Sitzman teaches English và sometimes German in Costa Rica. He is passionate about learning, coffee, traveling, languages, writing, photography, books, & movies, but not necessarily in that order. You can learn more or connect with him through his trang web Sitzman ABC.
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