-Submitted by Meg Bauer, Abroad101′s Global Ambassador at Griffith University in the Gold Coast, Australia
Australian English is almost the same as American English. It took me awhile to get used to however. They talk really fast here. Australians always tell me that Americans talk so slow. I used to always feel bad for saying “what?” every time an Australian spoke to me, but I’m getting better now!
The spelling is a little different between Australian English and American English. For example, the er ending like the er in center. “Center” is spelled “centre.” here. “Yogurt” is spelled “yoghurt” here. Also, the z is words like organization is spelled with an s here to get organisation.
Australians also like to shorten everything especially cities. Brisbane is called Brissie. Melbourne is pronounced Melbin. Cairns is pronounced Cannes.
Here are some good words/ phrases to know if you’re headed to Australia:
heaps = a lot Example: There were heaps of cars on the road today.
potato crisps= potato chips Don’t call these chips, people will think you will be talking about fries.
fairy floss= cotton candy
boogin= a low-class person
reckon= to think Example: I reckon the answer to the test was A.
singlet= tank top
yarn= to talk Example: Come to my office hours and yarn with me.
Good on ya= Good job!
How ya going?= How are you?
Hey?= What? Example: If you missed what someone said last, just reply with “hey?”
chemist’s= drug store/ pharmacy
petrol= gas Example: The petrol station was crowded yesterday.
toilet= bathroom No one here ever says bathroom.
rubbish= trash Example: Please put this wrapper in the rubbish bin.
barrack=to root Example: Barrack for your favorite team!
queue=line Example: I had to wait in the queue at the movies.
bottle-o= liquor store
takeaway= to take out, to go Example: Let’s get takeaway for dinner.
The states= America
kiwi= a New Zealander
fortnight= bi-weekly Example: Rent gets taken out every fortnight.
tomato sauce= ketchup
Hungry Jacks= Burger King
No worries= You’re welcome
Holiday= vacation Example: I went to the beach while I was on holiday.
For emergencies here, you dial 000 instead of 911.
Those are some useful phrases and words to know!
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