How To Use Australian Slang Like a Local

So you are an American thinking of going to Australia. You have packed your things and left your place. Suddenly, you remembered something that your friends warned you about in Australia. They told you to never attempt speaking Australian slang as the “Aussies” will just laugh at you and call you a “Wanker”, which means a monkey slapper.  Well they have a point.  It is very hard to learn Strine (a made up language spoken by Australians). 

Strine is another word for Australian slang and this is what you don't want to attempt working on if you don't want Australians to make fun of you. Best thing that you can do is just to understand their dialect and respond by speaking in your normal English form. Since Australians also speak English, you will not have any problems with that. Here are some basics though if ever you hear an Australian conversation or when they strike up a conversation with you.

  • Keep in mind though that Aussies (pronounced as ozzies, not aussie) love making fun of themselves and everybody around them, and yes, even you.
  • Aussies will tend to drop the letter “g” when saying words that ends with “-ing”
  • They remove the word “the”.
  • They talk fast, so make sure what you're hearing is right. You could always say “pardon?”
  • One word that you always say as well is the word “gonna” that was derived from “going to”, but it's “gunna” in Aussie terms. Once they use this, they will also remove almost every word that came with a sentence and all that matters is to complete the thought of the sentence. So what would most likely to happen is that they will ask you “Gunna watch?” instead of “Are you going to watch?”
  • For the days of the week, they take off the letter “a” on the word when pronounced. That's why it will sound like “Saturdy” or “Wednesdy”.
  • They tend to make words shorter with the words “g'day” instead of saying “good morning”
  • “Arm arm” is like a signal for help, children often use this word, and it could be used the same way as when you're pleading for help.
  • “Arm arm! I was bim-bye that lil guy over there!”
  • “Bim-bye” means to be attacked, more of like “attacked by” or “hit by”
  • “Sheila” is a generic term for a female.
  • Once the word becomes too long, they will still make it short. Like the bird kookaburra will be just called “kooka” instead.
  • Barbecue party is also done in Australia, but here they call it “barbie”
  • They also do a lot of nicknaming and shorten the name. For last names that has Scottish heritage like “McIntyre” will be called “Macca”. “Bluey” is the term for red heads.

So with that said you can start having a conversation with an Australian and find some key points when they talk to you. They are not really hard to understand at all once you get the thought of the sentence.


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