How to understand what Aussies are saying
Australia. A country with long summers, clean streets, bright beaches and a really, really weird way of speaking.
Maybe it’s because Aussies spend so much time staring at the sun, that the never-ending squinting turned their voices all nasal. Maybe the relaxed ‘eternal holiday’ vibes caused all the vowel sounds to draw out longer than they’re meant to. Maybe the attitude of over-familiarity towards all people and things at all times caused a nickname epidemic.
Look, who bloody knows. All we do know is that we can’t teach you how to mimic the accent, but we can certainly teach you how to understand a little more Australian slang.
In order to navigate the land down under and understand whatever the hell people are actually saying, there are a few buzz words and phrases that may be helpful to memorise.
Bloody oath = that’s the truth
Old mate = used often sarcastically to describe someone you don’t like or are not happy with. But be careful, because it can just as often be used literally to describe - you guessed it - an old friend.
Sick = cool
Fully sick = really cool
Bottlo = the bottle shop
Servo = service station
Aggro = aggressive
Avo = avocado. Please note: this rule applies to pretty much all names that have a consonant letter in the middle of them. It also isn’t limited to people, but also objects. E.g. “Robbo” = Robert, “Jono” = Jonathan, “Stevo” = Steven
Chewie = chewing gum
True Blue = authentic
Slab = a case of alcoholic beverages, usually beer