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Learn Australian and British Slang with Naomi Watts

Amagansett homeowner and Academy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts may be rich and famous, but she’s not too posh to teach us dumb Americans a heap of British and Australian slang words—including the naughty ones!

“The argument continues: Am I British? Am I Australian?,” says Watts—who was born in Shoreham, Kent in England and moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at age 14—before proving she’s totally brill at explaining slang words from both countries, as show by Vanity Fair in their video below.

She refers to herself often throughout, for phrases like “good nick” and “old bird,” but we could watch Watts rabbit on forever. She’s a class act all the way, despite being absolutely no help teaching us what “go to the fang” means. Vanity Fair offers similar slang lessons from Mexico with Salma Hayak and in Hebrew with Natalie Portman.

Watts’ latest film, The Book of Henry, is due in theaters this Friday, June 16. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, it tells the story of Susan Carpenter (Watts), a single mother who uncovers a plan in her son Henry’s (Jaeden Lieberher) book to rescue a young girl from her abusive stepfather. Instead of admonishing her son, Susan gets in on the action and sets out to save the girl at any cost.

You can also see Watts in director David Lynch‘s revival of Twin Peaks, which picks up 25 years after the original hit series ends. It airs on Showtime Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Lynch gave Watts her big break in his 2001 film Mulholland Drive.

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