How to Swear in English (Intermediate & Upper Intermediate Lesson Plan)

!!! Teachers: This lesson is inappropriate for most classes. I made it for two of my students. Teaching this to the wrong group will get you fired.

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A lesson plan on fucking swearing!

Swearing in English: Warm-up Questions

1      Does your native language have many swear words? Are they stronger than those in English?
2      Brainstorm: What other words mean jerk? (E.g. He is a jerk (an annoying person).)
3      Brainstorm: What other verbs do you know that mean have sex?

Swearing in English: What would you say in the following situations if you were angry?

1      Someone tells you that you are ugly.
2      You get home and find your partner cheating on you with another person.
3      You step in dog poop.
4      Someone phones you at 6 AM to sell you something.
5      You lock your car keys in your car.

Swearing in English: Replace the underlined expressions with a word from the below box.

what the fuck                 bitch               suck        fuck me         fuck it     fuck off
1) A: Excuse me. Would you like to purchase a subscription to Celebrity Gossip Magazine?
B: Go away!
2) A: The clerk at the store was so rude.
B: I know. She was such a girl with a bad attitude.
3) A: David, you're fired. Please clean out your desk and go home.
B: Oh no, my life is over. I just bought a house.
4) A: What is happening? Why is there a car in my driveway?
B: Weird. I don't know.
5) A: Erin, do you want to dance?
B: No, thanks. I am really bad at dancing.
6) A: Mike, the dog has run away again!
B: Who cares. The dog will come back if it wants to.

1 = Fuck off! 2 = bitch 3 = Fuck me. 4 = What the fuck? 5 = suck 6 = Fuck it.

Swearing in English: Some Similar Expressions

Go away!                  = get lost / go to hell / fuck off!
Jerk                          = dick / dickhead / prick / fucker / motherfucker / asshole / cunt
Have sex                  = do it / shag / bang / screw / fuck

* Bonus Question: Which of the above words mean penis?


dick, dickhead, prick

Swearing in English

How do you make these expressions stronger?
Darn it.=
What the heck?=
Oh my gosh.=

Damn it, What the [fuck/hell]?, Oh my god

Swearing in English: Language Focus

Fuck me!
This expression has two meanings. The first meaning is “have sex with me”, e.g. (said by a girl) “He wants to fuck me.” The second meaning is used to express exasperation. Exasperation is a feeling of anger because you can't do anything about a situation. The situation is futile; it can't be helped. Your car won't start and there's nothing you can do but say `fuck me.'
Screw (verb)
As a verb, screw is a synonym of fuck. You can say, “Screw you! / Screw off / I screwed her.” Generally speaking, the word screw is not as strong as the word fuck.
Cunt (noun)
This is one of the worst words in English. It is a very rude way to describe a woman's vagina. It is also used to describe people (usually women) who are jerks. E.g. “Why is she being such a cunt?” The word is popular (but offensive) nowadays.
Fucking (adverb/adjective)
Adding the word fucking before a noun or verb makes the sentence stronger. “My teacher gave me extra homework.” = “My fucking teacher fucking gave me extra fucking homework.”

Swearing in English: Phrasal Verb Focus

To fuck up sth = to mess something up; to ruin sth (make sth good become bad) . “The new software fucked up my computer. / My ex-girlfriend fucked up my life.”

To fuck with sb = to mess/interfere with sb/sth; to play a trick/joke on someone. “A: Bob said he was gay, but he was just fucking with you. He's not really gay.” / “Don't fuck with me. I'm in a gang.”

Swearing in English Lesson Plan: Connect the below idea(s) to make a sentence.

uprising / government
screw / bitch
fucking / suck / English
cunt / fuck off
life / fuck / up
fuck with / boss
  • The bitch told me to screw off.
  • Peter fucking sucks at English.
  • I told the old cunt to fuck off.
  • My life is totally fucked up now.
  • Don't fuck with the boss or you'll get fired.

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34 comments on “How to Swear in English (Intermediate & Upper Intermediate Lesson Plan)

  1. Joy (Posted on 9-24-2012 at 06:50) Reply

    This is the coolest lesson I’ve read so far. My students will definitely love this.

    1. Josh (Posted on 12-27-2016 at 23:19) Reply

      A very interesting lesson plan (for adult students I presume), however teachers must remember to consider the attitudes and opinions of your students before teaching such a sensitive topic (but that is just common sense). If you have the time and would like to know more about teaching profanity and swearing (and get some some research backed guidelines for teaching such topics) then please check out my lecture and article:–slang.html
      Have a great day,

  2. mb Post author (Posted on 9-24-2012 at 10:32) Reply

    I’m glad to hear that. But be careful with it =)
    Let me know if it doesn’t work out or you have any suggestions.

  3. Matt (Posted on 9-27-2012 at 08:32) Reply

    I’m planning to try it out today with one of my groups. Let’s hope they’re going to enjoy it.

  4. mb Post author (Posted on 9-27-2012 at 19:53) Reply

    Hehe. I hope you don’t lose your job =) Have fun with it!

  5. Britt (Posted on 10-10-2012 at 13:08) Reply

    Thanks for the great lesson! I can’t wait to use this with my hard-to-reach teens!

  6. mb (Posted on 10-10-2012 at 23:40) Reply

    Hehe. Three people have now posted about how they are excited to try the lesson. But I haven’t heard from anyone _after_ they tried it. …. :\

    Hopefully it has worked out for you guys!

  7. PA (Posted on 10-19-2012 at 10:09) Reply

    I teach adults in company — they ask about the usage of foul language all the time, because they hear it in meetings, on television, on the radio, etc., — and I while I don’t spend an entire lesson on it, I don’t shy away from it, because it’s part of the English people speak every day. It’s a fair question for folks who I know will hear these words as a part of their job (even if only on the television).

    I also do lessons on slang, idioms, and figures of speech…even advanced-level students can get derailed by something as seemingly simple as “a horse of a different color”.

    I don’t know that I’ll use the entire lesson, but it’s a tool to have on hand when the questions inevitably come….

  8. Derek Logan (Posted on 1-16-2013 at 06:35) Reply

    I’ve done swearing before in corporate lessons. They’re adults, so usually it’s okay. I don’t know about a mix of different ages of adults. I’m going to give this a try because it looks good, but I have from twenty to sixty five in this class. We’ll see.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 1-16-2013 at 21:37) Reply

      Hmm. I’m not sure I’d teach it to 65-year olds =) But I guess it depends on the person. I hope it works out!

  9. Marcus O'Higgins (Posted on 1-25-2013 at 02:46) Reply

    I suggested a similar lesson plan to a school I was teaching. The response? “Are you trying to shut the school down!”

  10. Marcus O'Higgins (Posted on 1-25-2013 at 02:48) Reply

    Do you have an X-rated version of this plan? (!) (for my private adult class)

    1. mb (Posted on 1-25-2013 at 16:29) Reply

      I probably agree with your former school, to be honest. This is not the type of material a ‘professional institution of education’ would like associated with its name =) Maybe it’s best for private students who you know quite well ;)

      ps: there is no x-rated version (I don’t even know what an x-rated lesson plan would look like ;P)

  11. Michael M¡irt­n (Posted on 4-17-2013 at 23:19) Reply

    This is brilliant. Can’t wait to try this out tomorrow. Thanks a lot!

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  13. Kate (Posted on 4-3-2014 at 13:57) Reply

    Hi. This is awesome. Though I offered my class a lesson on filler words and they actually asked me to do a lesson for swear words. Anyway I am affraid i cannot provide them with enough seapking ractice :)

  14. Dennis (Posted on 6-16-2014 at 10:16) Reply

    Excellent.  I actually have my first ever class on American cuss words because for a foreinger, Hearing some words can be easily mis-interpreted and or pronounce poorly.  Part of becoming fluent in any language includes a few classes on profanity.  Thanks much for posting this lesson plan.

  15. Chris (Posted on 2-2-2015 at 07:13) Reply

    My adult students asked for a cursing lesson and this plan will work brilliantly.

  16. Ali (Posted on 2-7-2015 at 22:13) Reply

    That’s quite funny and interesting , however if I showed this to my Teacher he would’ve killed me, but anyway… thanks))

  17. Marc (Posted on 3-12-2015 at 15:49) Reply

    I okayed a lesson on profanity with a group of upper-intermediate adults before using it this evening. The lesson was a lot of fun for everyone, and the students quickly got over the embarrassment of swearing in English. I supplemented the material with some general discussion questions on profanity and peppered it with a few Yiddish words common in American English.

    I’m surprised there isn’t more available for teachers on the internet regarding profanity. Thanks for writing this lesson!

  18. Doug Joy (Posted on 4-8-2015 at 15:19) Reply

    I love it. I thought I was the only one to have made a lesson plan on this subject. I teach in BKK and The Thai students love it. I remember when I was growing up, the first words I wanted to learn were the bad words. Then I could say fuck you in another language, to my teacher, and she wouldn’t know.In my current lesson plan I made a dialogue which the students act out…It is hilarious. Because Thai culture is very soft, they don’t yell much and so a lot of tension is kept inside. When I do these skits I really make them put feeling into it and it’s pretty interesting. Cussng is definitely a pressure release technique. Thai bad words are very tame.

    What a good lesson plan you made and let me know if you want to collaborate. Thumbs up!!!

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 5-16-2015 at 15:39) Reply

      Thanks Doug. Regarding collaboration, do you write lesson plans as well? The site has had guest posters in the past. Send me an email ( if you’d like to discuss it.

  19. Po (Posted on 7-27-2015 at 06:57) Reply

    That’s totally awesome! Thankee
    My students gonna like this

  20. Carina (Posted on 10-26-2015 at 23:22) Reply

    Thank you so much, it’s such a great help for me.

  21. Cai T. (Posted on 1-10-2017 at 10:28) Reply

    This is my favourite lesson by FAR.
    I know at least 3 students who will LOVE it, and I can’t wait to show it to them.

    Well planned– I’m excited to try it!

  22. Dana H. (Posted on 4-8-2017 at 09:23) Reply

    Well, since my students are swearing at each other in English anyway, I might as well teach them the meaning of the words they so enjoy spouting out without much thought.

  23. Mars (Posted on 9-20-2017 at 21:11) Reply

    My students literally BEGGED for a lesson on swearing in English, yours is awesome, they will love it! Thank you so much!

  24. Anonymous (Posted on 1-27-2018 at 18:51) Reply

    not my cup of tea

  25. DJLaoshi (Posted on 2-13-2019 at 00:14) Reply

    My senior students found the idea of such a lesson plan revolting. No Thanks!

  26. Lucie (Posted on 9-30-2019 at 14:07) Reply

    very good!

  27. Matias Gonzalez Pindat (Posted on 12-29-2020 at 06:31) Reply

    This is gold. Thank you for planning this out so clearly! I’m teaching slang, colloquialisms and foul language to two ESL adult students. I think they will be thrilled with this part. I’ll let you know afterwards!

  28. Grace (Posted on 2-17-2022 at 11:42) Reply

    I am going to try parts of your lesson with my English class (German native speakers, all adults, of course). What’s more, I have a memory card game where you need to match pairs of words to find British English swearwords , so I will use that game as a warm-up exercise. However, one thing I am going to mostly leave out are profanities with a sexual connotation…

  29. Anna (Posted on 8-1-2023 at 20:54) Reply

    Thank you! It is a really cool lesson plan!

  30. Claire (Posted on 11-26-2023 at 13:53) Reply

    This is cracking me up. It’s so professionally done yet so vulgar at the same time. Well done! :)

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