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.
|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?”|
|See ya later||See you later/next time||“See you later – I’m going home”|
|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”|
|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.
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|By the way, here are the answers to the anagrams in our last English tips blog:||CAT = ACT
EAT = TEA
STATE = TASTE
NIGHT = THING
SILENT = ENLIST
How did you do – did you get all of them correct?