When you move to a new country, it is very important to mix up with people there so as to build contacts and moreover, you need some friends. To make contacts with new people, one thing that is required the most is to learn about their culture, about their habits and ways and most importantly about the way they talk and use of language.
Australia also has a particular set of vocabulary and lingo which is not only interesting but also fun to learn. For example, if you want to say Barbeque (BBQ), this becomes Barbie in the Australian lingo which refers to a social gathering with friends and family along with grilled food. Take a look at other Australian slangs below.
Australian Record Industry Award – the highest honor for musicians in Australia
A car or any other motor vehicle accident
Refers to a guy or a man
Bluebottle (stinging jellyfish). But at times it can also mean blue cattle dog or redheaded person
Tight-fitting men’s swimming costume
‘Bring Your Own’ food or drink party or social gathering
Chicken, usually a hen
Cup of tea or coffee
Large, insulated food/ drink container.
Used to communicate that one is really very busy
Iced lolly, ice block, popsicle
Sandwich press machines/ sandwich grill machines
Kindergarten- School attended by children around 5 years old
Used to criticize someone.
Language, especially slang
Young surf lifesaver
Opportunity shop or thrift store, basically a second-hand goods store. A great option for international students to save some money.
Someone who quits or leaves early
Registration (usually used for a car)
Stands for Returned and Services League. Basically, a club used for public meets
A glass of beer.
Cigarette or coffee break
Means “turn to pay” “turn to give treat”
Pleased or delighted.
Service station, for basic goods, petrol and gas.
Person who is tame, pathetic, or sorry for themselves
Cheap rubber footwear, known as flip-flops.
Tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, etc.)
Warm sheepskin boots were worn by surfers.
Utility vehicle, pick up truck.
Stands for Saint Vincent de Paul – one of Australia’s oldest charities.
Small, remote town
Weak, cowardly or nervous person
‘U-turn’, or 180-degree turn, usually made on the road
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