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Australian Slangs – People


Mate – Anybody at all, typically used only to refer to men, used as an informal address for strangers (“G’day, mate”), as a name placeholder for friends, and as a term for friends in general (“Invite your mates around”).
Love – Similar to ‘mate’ but used for women. Or from a woman to male. Depending on context can ether be + or – eg, “Now listen here love” “what shall it be love” “want a drink love”
Drongo – Light-hearted insult, silly or dim-witted
Aussie – Australian – pronounced Ozzy
Relo/Rellies – Relative, as

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More on Australian Slangs

Some more:

Amber fluid : beer
Ambo : ambulance, ambulance driver
Avos : avocados
Bail (somebody) up : to corner somebody physically
Bail out : depart, usually angrily
Barbie : barbecue (noun)
Barrack : to cheer on (football team etc.)
Bathers : swimming costume
Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
Big Smoke : a big city, especially Sydney or Melbourne
Bikkie : biscuit (also “it cost big bikkies” – it was expensive)
Bingle : motor vehicle accident
Bities : biting insects
Bizzo : business (“mind your own bizzo”)
Blow in the bag : have a breathalyser test
Blue : fight (“he was having a blue with his

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Australian Slangs – Places

Geography :

The bush – areas outside of major cities and towns.
The outback – the deserts of inland Australia
Bushfire – wildfire
Whoop-Whoop – The middle of nowhere (eg: So I was stuck out whoop whoop…) It is a short ‘oo’ sound, like in ‘pull’, not long like in ‘choose’. Also an actual town in the middle of the Australian bush.
Beyond the black stump – An imaginary point beyond which the country is considered remote or uncivilised
Back of Beyond – Even further than beyond the black stump. Really far.
Scrub – Thick, snotty bush



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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.


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

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Preparing for IELTS? Read this.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a language skills test that covers listening, reading, writing and speaking in four separate sections. It is a universally recognized test conducted for candidates who want to pursue higher education or gain work experience in foreign English speaking countries. Its mandatory and its score is accepted by 130 countries. There are two formats: Academic or General Training.

Most education institutes have different language requirement, which could depend on the course, country and region. Over 10,000 organisations from over 130 countries recognise IELTS, including:

Universities, schools, training colleges

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