Learn how to say ‘wow’ and ‘whoa’ just like Owen Wilson

'Things Owen Wilson Says' is pretty much just things people say.

 

Dylan Love

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Published Aug 16, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 3:52 am CDT

We get it: Owen Wilson has a distinctive manner of speech.

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Instead of the “Things Owen Wilson Says” viral hit coming across as a video diss track against the famed actor, we present it to you here as a primer on casual English used by native speakers daily. 

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Be sure to use a tool like ListenToYouTube to extract the audio and listen to it over and over again to brush up on your speaking skills.

Among the handy, fluency-demonstrating phrases celebrity instructor Owen Wilson will help you learn:

  • “Wow!”

  • “Goddammit!”

  • “Unbelievable”

  • “Whoa!” (sometimes with a stutter)

  • “Honestly,” “To be honest,” repeated references to one’s honesty

  • “Come on,” to demonstrate sentiments of both “please” and “forget about it”

Admittedly, Mr. Wilson also makes repeated references to situations being “crazier than a road lizard,” which no one understands, but it’s flavorful language.

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Photo via Wedding Crashers

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*First Published: Aug 16, 2015, 2:38 pm CDT