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Speak like an Aussie

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Australian English has its own distinctive accent and vocabulary. Check out our list of Australian phrases and before you know it you’ll be talking like an Aussie, mate!

1. Aussie
Another name for the country, its people, and anything else Australian.

2. Barbie
A favourite Australian pasttime is the barbeque or ‘cook off', getting friends together during the warmer months (not to be confused with Ken's girlfriend).

3. Thongs
Famous Aussie beach footwear, not to be confused with the undergarment.

4. G’day mate
The Aussie greeting – shortened from ‘good day’.

5. Boomerang
A flat, curved, and usually wooden object which - when thrown correctly - returns to the thrower. 

6. By jingoes
An exclamation of surprise.

7. Out in the sticks
Out in the bush, away from civilisation, in remote areas.

8. Plonk
Cheap wine (usually cask). Ask us about Goon, baby!

9. Sheila
A common term for an Australian female, usually single and probably good looking.  Thought to have originated from the high number of female immigrants from Ireland called Sheelagh.

10. Dunny
Also known as the toilet.


*The Small Print
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