NOTE: You might think the writing is simple. This article was written for both native English-speakers and for ESL students.
Do you want to learn English? The Australian way?
If you are studying English at intermediate level, I think you can try learning this.
There are many kinds of English dialects. People from places like England, Scotland, USA, Canada and Africa have different ways of speaking English. This article is about Australian English. But mainly, Australian slang.
I lived in Australia for 20 years. When I first came to Melbourne from Hawaii, I was surprised (a little bit) by how Australians spell and pronounce words. I also had an American accent, but the other kids wanted me to speak with an Australian accent. Now I still speak with an American accent but I do not write the same way Americans write anymore.
If you are staying in Australia, here is some examples of how Australians talk and write. This is not a full list.
First of all, Americans like to call Australia “Down Under”. Australians do not call their country “Down Under”.
You can buy a buy a book about Australian slang and it will have lots of words. However, most of those words are not used a lot. Maybe not in Melbourne. Maybe, people in other parts of Australia say different slang. Anyways, here are some common slang.
|G’day||Good day (the Australian way of saying “Hello”, you’ll this see on postcards)|
|mate||friend (also used in UK and New Zealand)|
|How’s it goin’?||How are you?|
|to have a go at something||to try something|
|to have a go at someone||to pick a fight with someone|
|that is “full on”||that is too much|
|to shout someone||to pay for someone|
Slangs for food
Here are some Australian slang for food.
Slangs for names
A person’s name can also become a slang. Mainly names of men. Here are some examples.
There are two standard writing systems in English: British and American. The spelling, grammar and pronunciation of Australian English is more similar to British English than American English. Here are some words with British spelling that Australians use.
|practise (v)||practice (v)|
|centre (place)||center (place)|
Australians pronounce their words like the British and not like the Americans. Here are examples.
|aunt||ahhnt||/ɑ:nt/||ant, like the insect||/ænt/|
I hope I did my best in teaching pronunciation in a blog. I also hope you can read the phonemes.
Australians use words use that British use that Americans don’t use, words that Americans use that the British don’t use and words only use by Australians and not by either British or Americans.
Here are some British words that Australians use and Americans don’t use.
|garbage bin||garbage can|
|primary school||elementary school|
|4-wheel drive (4WD)||SUV|
Here are some American words that Australians use and the British don’t use.
|driver’s licence||driving license|
And here are some words Australians use that neither the British nor Americans use
|pickup truck||pickup truck||ute|
|candy floss||cotton candy||fairy floss|
|oven crunchies||tater tots||potato gems|
|fizzy drink/pop||soda||soft drink|
|flip flops||flip flops||thongs|
If Australians say some of these words to you, you now know what they mean. Try using some of these words when you meet the local Australian people.