Speak like an Aussie

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Australian English has its own distinctive accent and vocabulary.  Check out some of the Australian phrases below and you’ll soon be talking like an Aussie, mate!

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

2. Barbie
Short for barbeque. Cooking out/grilling is a favorite Australian pasttime.

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 wood 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 civilization, in remote areas.

8. Plonk
Cheap wine.

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 Fine Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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