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

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


Dylan Love


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