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!

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!

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 !