Australian Slangs

Greetings!

Australian Slangs – Greetings

G’day Mate! Welcome to Aw-stray-lee-uh (Australia).

We have tried to compile some of the Australian slang, words and phrases here for making easy to understand the language and culture. The idea is to make you feel a lot at home on your first day Down Under.

Greeting:

  • Hey / G’day – Hello (Often combined with How ya doin’ / goin’)
  • How ya goin’/ How’s it going? – How are you?
  • How ya doin’ – How are you?
  • How’s it hangin’? – How are you feeling?
  • Not bad mate – Not bad mate (friend)
  • Cheers mate – Thanks
  • No worries / No drama / No Problem – That’s okay
  • No wuckers – No problem
  • Oi! – Hey! (Rude way to get attention)
  • You’re right – No thank you. (also:What you are doing is okay)
  • She’ll be apples / It’ll be right – Everything will be ok / go to plan
  • See ya later – See you later
  • Hoo roo/Oooroo – Goodbye
  • Take it easy – Goodbye & be careful
  • Have a good one – Have a good day / night / weekend / etc
  • Root – synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses, “I feel rooted”; “this washing machine is rooted”; “(s)he’s a good root”. A very useful word in fairly polite company.
  • Another related word Root rat : somebody who is constantly looking for sex.
  • Ta – Thanks
  • Sweet – Great
  • Ace! : Excellent! Very good! 

Time:

  • Arvo – afternoon, eg “Let’s meet for a schooner this arvo”.
  • Yonks – Years, commonly used to convey an exaggerated view of time, eg “I haven’t seen you in yonks”.
  • Ron – Shorter for later on, eg “I’ll save it for ron”.
  • Tick – Short amount of time, 5 minutes up to an hour.
  • Smoko – Any short break from work

Keep a watch more posts coming for Australian Slangs.