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Speak like a local – try some Australian slang!

Outback signs

January 26 is Australia Day!  On this day, we all celebrate how lucky we are to live in Australia, with a great lifestyle and a safe and beautiful country.

When you study English, you learn the ‘correct’ way to speak, but in every English speaking country the locals also use an informal way of speaking called slang.   Australian slang is unique, and we love to shorten words!  Here is some Australian slang/colloquialisms for you to learn.

Vocabulary  Meaning Example
G’Day Good day “G’day, nice to meet you!”
How are you going? How are you? “How you going?”
How’s it going? What is happening in your life? “How’s it going?”
Saying Goodbye
See ya later See you later/next time “See you later – I’m going home”
Other words
Aussie Australian “He’s an Aussie”
True blue Very loyal, expressing Australian values “She’s true blue”
Mate Friend – can be male or female “G’day, mate!” / “Thanks mate!”
No worries that’s ok/you’re welcome “No worries, happy to help”
She’ll be right It will be ok “She’ll be right – you’ll get there ok”
Flat out very busy “I was flat out a work today”
Spud potato “Do you like mashed spud?”
Snag sausage “Throw a snag on the barbie”
Shortened words
Servo service station/gas station “I’m going to the servo to get fuel”
Devo devastated “I was devo that I missed the party”
Brekkie breakfast “She had bacon and eggs for brekkie”
Barbie barbeque “Come over for a barbie tonight!”
Footy football “Let’s go to the footy match tomorrow”
Sunnies sunglasses “I love your new sunnies!”
Cuppa cup of tea “Would you like a cuppa?”
Sanga sandwich “He ate a Vegemite sanga”
Arvo afternoon “See you tomorrow arvo!”

Try writing a conversation using as many of these slang words as possible.

Here are some links that you may also enjoy.

By the way, here are the answers to the anagrams in our last English tips blog:






How did you do – did you get all of them correct?

By |2021-02-18T21:17:09+00:00January 26th, 2021|English Tips|Comments Off on Speak like a local – try some Australian slang!

Merry Christmas to all!

dog waiting for Santa

Merry Christmas to all from the Team at EdVenture Consulting.

We have missed you all this year!

Whilst 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, we sincerely hope that you are well and have found “silver linings”, despite these difficult times.

We would like to take this opportunity to say hello and thank you to everyone involved in our study tours and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

To our Students and Teachers – thank you for your enthusiasm and participation in our programs. We know that like us, many of you were disappointed not to be able to visit in 2020, but with the news of a vaccine and hopefully some better signs soon, we will be welcoming you back before too long! (and we will be ready and waiting!)

To our Host Families – thank you for your dedication to cultural exchange, both in the past and in the future.  Your kindness towards our students is greatly appreciated, and without you, our programs would not be possible.   We will endeavour to keep you posted of any updates over the coming months via a newsletter.  We hope to send this newsletter to families on a monthly basis, so please keep a check on your emails or visit our Website: www.edventureconsulting.com  from time to time. We appreciate all that you do!

Finally, to our Agents – thank you for your ongoing support. To help you during this time we have been working on the addition of new programs such as a virtual homestay program. We have also looked at improvements to existing programs and  have updated many marketing materials  for you. Together we are a team, and we hope to continue  to work with you as soon as able.

During this time, Lisa and Janet are continuing to work on EdVenture Consulting  and keeping up to date with regulatory changes including a new blue card application system. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and well.

Contact :

Janet Venturini       Mob: 0413633315  or Email:  janet@edventureconsulting.com

Lisa Ness                 Mob:   0410 534 539   or   Email: admin@edventureconsulting.com

By |2021-02-18T21:17:56+00:00December 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Merry Christmas to all!

It pays to improve your Word Power!

When you learn a new language, you need to know so many new WORDS –  here are some tips to help you remember them :

  • Keep an organised vocabulary notebook.
  • Look at the words again after 24 hours, after one week and after one month.
  • Read, read, read. …
  • Use the new words. …
  • Do word puzzles and games like crosswords, anagrams and wordsearches.
  • Make word cards and take them with you.

See if you can work out these simple anagrams? (An anagram means changing the way letters are arranged to make a new word. EG:  RAT – TAR)

CAT  –

EAT  –




Can you think of other words? Write your own list and test your friends (or your homestay when you visit). :)

Find the answers when we do our next tip!

By |2021-02-16T06:12:26+00:00November 22nd, 2020|English Tips|Comments Off on It pays to improve your Word Power!

Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

  • student holding sea slug

Have you ever wondered why people choose to host an international student?   The Jackson family started hosting over 15 years ago, when their eldest daughter was in Prep.  We decided to ask them for their story.

When did you start hosting?
We first started hosting when Dana (eldest child) was in Prep.   That was about 15 years ago.  Over the years we have hosted so many students and each one was a great experience for the family!

Why did you decide to host?
I (Jenni – host mother) was an exchange student when I was in high school, and I wanted other teenagers to have that same experience.  It’s a way of giving back to the community.  The first time we hosted was through my children’s school and we just kept hosting from then on.

What was one of your best memories of hosting?
One time, my children and the student who we were hosting, put on a show for our extended family.  There was singing and dancing, and the student did some traditional games and songs from Japan.  It was a real turning point in the relationship we had with that student – he came out of his shell and really started communicating with us

What is something your family has learned from another culture?
For the children, it would have to be Origami – they loved it.   During one hosting, a student gave the children an Origami book, and they still pull it out from time to time and enjoy making Origami.   We also learned that kids are kids, no matter where they come from.

What kind of activities do you do with your students, and what do they most enjoy?
Every student we host is given the experience of a cookout – BBQ and billy tea.   We encourage them to help with the BBQ cooking.   For many students it is their first experience of outdoor cooking, and they love it.   Apart from that, we like to take them to the beach, or into the city.  Students also seem to enjoy visits to the local markets.  Look in your local area – there are often special events and free activities for you to enjoy with your student.

What advice do you have for future host families?
Encourage your student to come out of their room and join the family.   If they say they have homework, ask them to do it at the dining table – that way you can see what they are learning in class, and help them.  It also works as a way to encourage communication.   Involve them in games such as Uno.  Often students will come out of their room if you ask them to play!  Another good way to involve them in family life and have fun.

Would you recommend hosting?
Absolutely!  For families with young children in particular – give it a try, your children will love it and international students love spending time with the younger children.

By |2021-02-09T00:24:56+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Host Family Stories, News|Comments Off on Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

Make English a part of each day !

A diary is a great way to record your day to day life – why not write an English diary?

Here are some ideas

Dear Diary,

Let me tell you about today!

Today, the weather was …..

I woke up and …….

I felt ……….

Today was ….

Here is an example:

Dear Diary,

Let me tell you about today!

Today the weather was perfect.  It was bright and sunny.

I woke up early and went for a walk with my dog.

I felt really happy today.

Today was a busy day as I went to school and also had my music lessons but it was all fun.

By |2021-02-16T06:30:26+00:00October 20th, 2020|English Tips|Comments Off on Make English a part of each day !