Is Australian English so different?

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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In New Zealand I got called "Teener" a lot. Do Australians do that change-your-name thing, too?

12. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Australian English is basically exactly the same as British english, but it just has a few words that are slightly different, because you wouldn't hear an American or British person say "G'day mate" which in more commonly known words means "Hello friend". Words like colour are spelt the english way not like the way they spell it in America. if you were talking about your mother you'd spell it my mum, but in America, Canada and some other places that have been tought english they'll spell it the American way of my mom.

Other words such as "Tucker" is basically just in Australian english not American english. That is a word you are very unlikely to come across in Australia but it means food, so if some woman in the country said "how was your tucker mate", they'd just mean "how was your food friend". I personally have hardly ever heard the word tucker said, but an American woman who is my tourism teacher at the moment claimed she had that said to her at a cheap restaurant not that long ago. If you stick away from pubs then about the most different words you're likely to come across would be "mate", "G'day" and sometimes females may be called a "sheela" or a good looking woman could be known as a "chick" but I think chick is also in American English. If you stick away from the bars which tend to attract a lot of dumb uneducated guys or people who hang around with a tough group of guys who talk rubbish between each other, you are less likely to come across the word sheela or any of the other slang Australian terms. A lot of guys will call a woman a chick, like they might say "she is a hot looking chick" or "how are you going chick" something along that line, but sheela is a word that would mainly only be heard at a bar with guys talking to other guys. After a while you'd get used to it. If someone mentions the word pissed that is referring to being drunk like "You are so pissed" means "You are so drunk" that is a term you are likely to here at a pub, but hopefully on a trip to improve your english and see good stuff you wouldn't be dumb enough to stick around a pub until you got to the stage of being pissed.

Half of those slang terms given by nautilus I have never heard in all my life living in Australia and some mean different things to the examples given.

Bickie: Dollar. (when you hear this it is more likely to mean biscuit, Buck or bucks is more likely to mean money than bickie like "that'll cost you 2 bucks")
Bludger: Lazy person.
Milk bar: Corner general store.
Lolly: Money (I've never heard Lolly refer to Money, it is more likely to mean candy bar or some sugary thing like a candy bar, chocolate etc).
Pavement pizza: Vomit. (you will almost certainly not hear that)
Rainbow sneeze: Vomit. (you will almost certainly not hear that)
Technicolour yawn: Vomit. (you will almost certainly not hear that)
Piss: Alcohol, usually beer. (you may hear that, but it may also mean they need to go to the toilet)

Kafuffle: Argument. (you wont hear that)
Poofter: Homosexual. (you may hear it but it is unlikely)
Ratbag: Someone who does not behave properly.
Reckon!: You bet! Absolutely! (is more likely to mean "think" like you reckon? means "you think so?"
Ripper: Good.
Ow yer goin: How are you going? Often used with 'G'day' and 'Mate'.
OYO: On your own (flat or apartment). (you wont come across that)

Almost all of those terms would be pub terms and would be unlikely to come across outside of a pub environment. Bludger might be heard at a job if you don't work hard.

Bugger!!! is another term you may hear that you may or may not know what it means. It is just an expression of dissapointment so "Bugger, I should have done this instead of that".

Another term that I thought was in all English but one American had no idea what I meant is "fortnight". That just means two weeks. So if someone said "I'll see you in a fortnight" it means "I will see you in two weeks".

You wont have any problems though as almost everything means the same in Australia as any other place in the world that speaks English.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 5:09 PM by aharrold45 ]

13. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Purdy

Oh and watch out for the scarcastic irony Australians are world champaions at it! Its extremely funny and if you dont know what l mean watch out for James one of the Travel Gurus on TP!!!

Outrageous. You should be ashamed of myself!

14. Posted by nautilus (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Harrold, I hope my post about Australian slang wasn't offensive to any aussie, it was just curiousity about it and I thought it was funny what I found, but I guess my source wasn't reliable . Thank you for your remarks.

15. Posted by xashleighx (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

heya guys, from the message posted in regards to the slang...some of those words are what us brits use also! i doubt that the language will be a problem...its english but with australian slang, and you won't be using slang when you're applying for a job!, you'll pick up the slang from the locals in the bars! hehe! don't worry so much...and i think it's funny that the post in regard to where perfect english is in scotland!! hehe! although i think MOST of us brits would be offended by telling us we do not speak perfect english...we are ENGLISH! hahaha! good luck with the language anywho if you are studying it as a second language! and happy travellin! MWAH XXXXXXXXXX

16. Posted by BLINDUSAR (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Some are used in English language by a few... I say kafuffle but it does not mean argument, it means out of place not right a pain in the backside and quite a few other meanings.

Like at work I had to do some photocopying and it was arranged so bad that it took for ages to get sorted before I could do anything so it was such a Kafuffle.

17. Posted by xashleighx (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hehehe i love the word kafuffle - it reminds me of little britain! hehehe andy and his minder!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

18. Posted by Bokkie20 (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I remember a few situation when I lived in NZ and just asked myself, what certain words meant...(especially swear words, which we never learned at school)

One more thing:

I got to NZ and everytime I met someone they asked 'How is it goin?' and I gave them a really polite answer, to find out that they weren't listening/interested. I worked out (weeks later) that it is a different way for them to say 'Hello'. So when people asked me how it was goin, I would just mumble 'good', ask the same or not say anythin at all.
And then one day this guy asks me 'How is it goin?', me not really answering, him waiting and so I had to find out that there were a few people that really wanted to know how I felt *g*

19. Posted by Bokkie20 (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Have u ever been to New World? Then u'll remember the best line ever:

And how r u today?

Has anyone ever really told them (on a shit day) how he feels and all the things that went wrong??? Man, I should have done that once

20. Posted by nautilus (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Which English-speaking country speaks the most "particular" or difficult English?