It is not really difficult to understand an Australian if you have a good level of English. However, Australian people also have their own accent and slang. And the further you are from the big cities, the stronger the accent will be! Go Study will help you to understand and talk like a real Aussie with this quick guide to understanding Australian Slang. So go get yourself a coldie and let’s get started!
becomes footie/footy, afternoo n becomes arvo, barbecue becomes barbie, etc.
Have a look at this video to get an idea!
The Aussie pronunciationIf you want to talk like an Aussie, you will need to change the pronunciation of a couple of your vowels:
-a becomes -i
-ou becomes -eah
-i devient -oi
The Aussie wordsAnother trend in the Australian slang is to cut the words and use shortened versions: football
Short list of Australian slangFind below a list of the most popular Australian slang. You need to learn them to properly understand an Aussie!
- Ace: something really good
- Arvo: afternoon
- Aussie: Australian
- Barbie: barbecue
- Bathers: swimming suit (Victoria)
- Big Smoke: a big city
- Bogan: Australian redneck
- Bottle-o: Liquor shop
- Brissie: Brisbane
- Bush: Australian countryside
- BYO: Bring Your Own - When you can bring your alcohol
- Cab: taxi
- Coldie: beer
- Croc: crocodile
- Cut lunch: a sandwich
- Down Under: Australia and New-Zealand
- Footie/Footy: Australian football
- G'day: good day (hello)
- Heaps: a lot
- Mate: friend
- Onya: good on you
- Oz: Australia
- Ta: thank you
- Toot: toilets
- Kiwi: New-Zealander
Short list of Australian expressionsAustralian people know how to create really poetic expressions!
- As useful as an ashtray on a motorbike
- Don't come the raw prawn with me
- Flat out like a lizard drinking
- Going off like a frog in a sock