Come to Australia to learn English is one of the biggest projects in our lives. I am sure that one of the questions that strike your mind is could I understand how Australian people talk? For Latinos like me, Australian people have a singular accent and it can result quite attractive and interesting to explore. In addition, they talk using slangs; what are they?
Aussies do abbreviate certain words and use colloquialism mixed with an odd sense of humour. Although it sounds different at the first moment, speaking Aussie could be a good experience and can help you to communicate and know more people from this amusing country.
Mathew Cox, program manager at Embassy English in Melbourne says, “slangs are less common nowadays, but they are part of our culture and there are many of these words students can hear on the streets, so it is useful know some of them.”
You can find lots slang dictionaries online, however, I asked our Australian teachers at Church Lane campus in Melbourne what are the most common slangs and their meaning to start to speak Aussie style.
- G’Day: An easy way to say Good day. In addition, according to Mathew, it is very common in rural areas. The pronunciation varies a little bit, but you will figure out what means.
- Bogan: Someone who is uncultured, unsophisticated even if they have a bit of money.
- Bag of fruit: Patrick Dowling, teacher at Church Lane suggests this one and explains it means Man’s suit. Therefore, if you see a man in a new suit and tie, you can see he is wearing his new bag of fruit.
- Go and have a cuppa with sanga in your brekkie: Sounds really odd but it is no other thing that Going to have a cup of tea or coffee with a sandwich in your breakfast.
- Going to the dunny: This one could be one of the most of students I asked have heard. And It is just going to the toilet.
- No worries!: If you are in Australia and you didn’t hear this one, you haven’t been in Australia. Just in case it means do not worry.
- This arvo: Another typical one. It is a short way to say this afternoon.
- Bush: Anywhere that is not in town.
- Good Nick: If something is in a good condition, you can use this one.
- Bloke-man: And of course you see on the streets a guy who looks really good you can he is bloke-man.
I could spend a lot of pages with slangs but I think bearing these in mind can help us as foreigners to survive in the down under, which of course it is other common Aussie slang.