Speaking Aussie A to Z


The majority of Australians speak English.  Australian English has its own distinctive accent and vocabulary.  Here are some common words and phrases to try out:

A     ace (excellent); ankle biters (little children); arvo (afternoon)

B     bathers (swim suit); bonnet (engine end of a car); boot (trunk end of a car); brolly (umbrella)

C     chewie (chewing gum); chook (chicken); cook top (stove); cuppa (hot beverage)

D     dag (funny person); docket (receipt or bill); dummy (baby pacifier)

E     earbash (nonstop talk); entree (appetizer); eve (evening); exy (expensive)

F     fairy floss (cotton candy); flanno (flannel); fly screen (window screen); footy (Australian rules football)

G     G’day (hello); Good on ya (Great job); grazier (cattle or sheep farmer)

H     hard yakka (hard work); holiday (vacation);  Hungry Jack’s (Burger King)

I       It’s a goer (something that will definitely happen)

J       joey (baby marsupial: kangaroo, koala, wombat); jumper (pullover sweater)

K      kip (nap); kiwi (someone from New Zealand); knackered (exhausted)

L      light globe (light bulb); loo (bathroom); lounge room (living room)

M     mad (crazy); mate (friend); mozzie (mosquitoes)

N      nappies (diapers); neddies (horses); Noughts & Crosses (Tic-Tac-Toe)

O      oil (information); outback (the bush, uninhabited region)

P      pacer (mechanical pencil); Paddle Pop (popsicle-type frozen treat); pram (baby stroller)

R      ripper (great); rock melon (cantaloupe); rubbish (garbage); rumpus room (family room)

S      sanger (sandwich); shark biscuit (amateur surfer); sponger (boogie board); sunnies (sunglasses)

T      ta (thanks a lot); tap (faucet); torch (flashlight); trolley (shopping cart)

U      uni (university); uey (a u-turn); ute (pickup truck)

W     waffle (nonsense); whinge (whine); windscreen (windshield)

Y       yabber (talk a lot); Yank (an American); yakka (work)

Z       zed (how Aussies pronounce the letter Z)

  • About 18% of Australians speak a language other than English.
  • Some of the most common ones are Italian, Greek, Arabic, and Mandarin.
  • There are also many varieties of Aboriginal languages spoken by a small percentage of Australians.




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