Learning Australian Slang

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Alexandra Thorpe
May 21, 2024

I chose to come to Australia for its beautiful beaches and amazing wildlife, but what also had a small influence on my decision was that I would not need to learn a new language to come here. My school has a language requirement when studying abroad, where you must take a course in the national language of the country you are studying in, but since Australia speaks English, I got to avoid that rule. What I didn’t realize was that Australians have so much slang, that it sometimes feels like a whole other language! When I talk to my Australian friend in my class, sometimes she’ll say a word, and I will have no clue what she just said. I’ve learned that they love to take longer words and just chop off the end, like “arvo” which means afternoon. It’s more straight to the point and way more fun to say! So, with help from my Aussie friend, I have built a list of fun Australian words. I can’t wait to amuse my friends and family back home with my new vocabulary!

Australian 

American

Dot points

Bullet points

Timetable

Schedule 

Bubbler 

Water fountain

Servo 

Gas station

Petrol 

Gas 

Arvo 

Afternoon 

Footy

Football

Mozzie bite

Mosquito bite

Bindis 

Prickly weeds in the grass (like burrs) 

Tradie

Blue collar

Sparkie 

Electrician 

Brickie 

Bricklayer 

Tinny

Beer can/small boat

Macca’s 

McDonald’s 

Brekky

Breakfast

Devo 

Devastated 

Defo 

Definitely 

Thongs 

Flip flops 

Dunny 

Toilet 

Lollies

Candy

Sanger

Sandwich 

 

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Alexandra Thorpe

I'm Alexandra Thorpe, a Computer Science junior at Washington and Lee University. My favorite hobbies include hiking, swimming, thrifting, making playlists, and spending time with friends! I have two dogs named Elvis and Bella back home!

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