A language guide for Australia

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You’re probably wondering why a language guide for Australia is needed? After all, they speak English there, right? Well… as we had our first chat with a real “Aussie” (short for Australian), we immediately knew that we had to learn more about their language. Even though it is English, it seemed different.

Our first host welcomed us with a “G’day, Mate. Welcome to Straya! Want a cuppa?”.

Straya? Cuppa?

“Thank you” and “Sure”, we replied, not knowing what was to come.

As we got a cup of tea, we realized that “cuppa” means “a cup of tea”. Aha!

And “Straya”, well, that must mean “Australia”.

We read that even Australia’s airline “Quantas” is an abbreviation! It stands for “Queensland and Northern Territory Airline Service”. Did you know that?

Sightseeing in Australia while learning the Aussie Slang
Sightseeing in Australia while learning the Aussie Slang

Aussies love abbreviations

Why do Aussies love abbreviations so much? We asked Ross Flannigan, moderator of the “My Love of Golf” podcast.

Ross’ answer was a typical Aussie one: short. “Dunno.”

This is why we also asked Linda, our neighbour here in Jervis Bay, where we had our last House Sit. And she answered: “I never thought of it. It is just the way it is! It is the Aussie way.”

Australian abbreviations

Below are a few abbreviations that we heard during our time in Australia:

Aussie EnglishEnglish
  
AvoAvocado
Arvo (S’arvo)Afternoon (this afternoon)
BarbieBBQ
BiccyCookie, cracker, biscuit
BrekkieBreakfast
ChocoChocolate
Choccy biccyChocolate biscuit
ChookChicken
CuppaCup of Tea
DefoDefinitely
DevoDevastated
DunnoI don’t know
EskyIce Box
FaceyFacebook
FootyRugby
KindyKindergarden
LappyLaptop
MaccaMcDonalds
MozziesMosquitos
PettoPetrol/Gas
ServoPetrol/Gas Station
StrayaAustralia
SunniesSunglasses
Swimmers, cozzies or togsSwimsuit
ThongsFlip Flops
VegiesVegetables

Decoding the Australian Language

We for sure had some fun moments in decoding the Australian language.

It was heaps of (lots of) fun to talk to Aussies. And to learn all the unknown words.

Have you had experiences like that while traveling through Australia? Which amusing stories do you have?

We’re sure there are many more great abbreviations. So, if you know others, add them in the comments below!

And if you haven’t been in Australia yet, but are planning to go, now you’re prepared with the most important abbreviations with our language guide for Australia and can throw in a “G’Day Mate“ and invite an Aussie for a cuppa.

A language guide for Australia
A language guide for Australia
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