When trying to communicate with your teenager, it may sometimes seem as if they're speaking another language – one full of slang words and phrases you’ve never heard of. Our Teenagers’ Language Guide will help you decipher teen slang so you can have better communication with your child.
Teenagers need their own language
Across generations, teenagers have always had their own teen words. What was once 'cool', 'ace' or 'groovy' may now be 'sick' or 'amaze', meaning it can sometimes be hard to understand teenagers (which, of course, is often what they want!).
Using a language particular to your tribe and time is part of developing self-esteem, confidence and a sense of identity and belonging. Teenagers are trying to find their way in the adult world and often feel most comfortable with their peers. Having their own language helps them bond with other teens and build confidence.