Aussie Slang

How to quickly learn and understand Australian slang.

The complete A to Z of humorous Australian words, terms and phrases unique to Australia. Slang is Australia's own vernacular expression and lingo such as word diction, idioms and a glossary of everyday vocalization unique to the sunburnt country known as the land down under.

Articulation and pronunciation of this language and Australian slang vocabulary as well as Aussie phraseology and gibberish has made this brogue and fun speech sole vernacular to Australia.

This ever changing slanguage street talk has involved into a dialect and vocabulary all of its own. Expressive terminology and wording has brought about an interest from people visiting Australia. It is almost pidgin like and a rare vernacular indeed.

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Much verbalization and discourse of aussie sayings has taken place over the years in pubs. You could say it is doublespeak in nature, and spoken in a foreign tongue. The prose uttered by Australians makes it a rare colloquialism. Many a discussion has come about after listening to citizens of Australia who sound like they are speaking in unusual shoptalk. It certainly is the voice and expression most used by aussie patriots. But be warned, slang does contain various vulgarity and vulgarism, and may take time to grasp and get used of hearing.

Generally speaking though, this reference to colonial jargon is fun to hear in day-to-day conversation once you get the hang of it. When spoken in proper context, these light hearted phrases and terminology can prevent quarrelling and quash a disagreement. Check out slang A to Z, and become versed in this doublespeak language from the land down under. Learn how to pronounce and express yourself voicing slang. Discover the meaning of words written in a sentence from an encyclopaedia. It is an apprenticeship in teaching more than traditional book learning. Tutelage through reading and ardent study of this lexicon, can inspire and teach you the right voice and the proper accent of the Australian language.

Training and understanding by way of online schooling does require concentration and discipline. This is especially so you may fully understand aussie talk, and the phraseology of the Australian dialect. Careful enunciation of the language through everyday communication and conversation provides guidance and correct expression of this unusual terminology that is frequently spoken throughout the country.

In the year 1851, news of immense gold finds in the state of New South Wales and Victoria led many adventurous soles away from the safety and shelter of the city to seek fame and fortune in the outback. Isolation and little law enforcement consequently bought about much greed and bloodshed among the miners. Only a few eventually returned to the city with wealth. Bushrangers (Highwaymen) became prevalent.

The scoundrel named Ned Kelly became Australia's most famous bushranger. The fervent fever for gold caused many communities and townships to spring up virtually overnight. A new culture was in the making. Experiences and life in the outback were influencing the attitude, habits, and speech of these new land settlers. In time convicts gained their freedom, establishing small homesteads, raising families, and cultivating the land. Introduction to this strange new land was difficult and played a strong part in the formation of verbal sayings.

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Australian History

Frequent conflict developed between the Aborigine and the free settlers. Among the convicts many served strenuous labour tasks constructing roads and government buildings.

Others were assigned to toil the harsh land under the watchful eye of a soldier. Along with the Aborigine, and his indigenous culture, came a diverse discovery of unusual wildlife, plants, minerals, and for the elusive metal -- gold. By the mid 1860's the nation's population has increased at an alarming rate.

Australia was now the new "land of opportunity" by migrants flocking to her shores. As the country developed, land unoccupied by the white settler, in addition to unexplored territory, now gave way to an infiltration of new inhabitants. Occasional coexistence with the Aborigine created a fresh understanding of their culture, behaviour and speech. These native people, once considered hostile and dangerous, now had influence and a share in the formation of this new progressive language.

Down to this day, you can still hear traces of Aboriginal language blended with slang. Another influence on this vocabulary was the formation of the Australian character, displaying an easy going she's right mate attitude in life. Many words and phrases frequently spoken evolved from exaggerated stories of humorous content associated with the Australian character. As the years passed, much of the terminology as it is known and accepted today, remained as an integral part of the language from the land down under.

The art of exaggeration prominently displayed by the early colonial folk appears to be an established part of today's Australian character, especially with the male; i.e., "I'eard ya' caught a bigon', mate!" "yeah, a bloody big fish or-right!" (The word bloody, is the most used adjective) Much flavour and spice was added to the dialect by the diggers of the last two world wars.

Although some of the more colourful words and expressions have faded from existence, much of this terminology can still be heard among blokes shouting "schooners" at the local pub. With the advancement of technology Australia is no longer an isolated continent. American, British and European programs have introduced to Australia assorted cultures, languages and accents. Yet, despite this, the Aussie way of talk has flourished.

It proves to be a living and changing language due to the character and the ingenious use of the English language. If you were to visit the "land down under", you would be greeted with the term, G'Day or Ow ya' going'?. Yet stranger terms would confuse your ears, words like: feeling crook, she's apples; or hard yakka. Even more confusing to your ears would be expressions like flat out like a lizard drinking.

The Aussie Dialect

Hearing any of these terms used in a sentence would undoubtedly, leave you a little bewildered, especially when heard in conjunction with the Aussie accent. Aussies bring a new meaning to the word "bilingual". They can understand most foreign terms in the English vernacular, but most likely it'd take you some time to understand the Aussie way of talk.

To aid you in this endeavour, a glossary of the most commonly used Australian words and expressions have been indexed in alphabetical order. Humorous moments may arise as you aspire to express your feelings and thoughts by communicating via the Australian dialect. If a word or expression does leave you a little confused, just remember Australians have a tendency to speak quickly and always leave off the letter "G" at the end of a word, and the letter "H" at the beginning of a word. They pronounce the word as if the letter never existed in the first place.

Unique Style & Speech

Included among Australian sayings are glossary examples, you may find English words which are written to reflect the Aussie accent (not to be confused with the dialect). Below is a list of these words and their English equivalents.

Question: "Why arn't ya' wearin' ya' new at mate?"
Response: "'Cause I'm goin to wear it to the weddin first!"

Also, Australians alter the vowel sounds, such as changing the "a" in the English "fat" to the English "mom". Thus, "task" becomes "tosk", and "mask" becomes "mosk", etc.

Another characteristic throughout the country is to shorten long words and lengthen short words. Even one's own name is no longer scared. For example: Ross is Rossco, Karen is Kaz, John is Johnny or Johnno, Mark is Markus, Michelle is Shelly or Shell, etc. There is also the abbreviation of words and phrases by pronouncing the word with the emphasis on the letters "O", "A", or "IE". For example:

Question: "Ow ya' going, Freddie?"
Response: "Or-right, Mate!"

Sentences or short phrases are also usually run together as one long word spoken in like manner. For example:

Question: "Didyahaveagoodweekend?"
Response: "Arealbottlathanksmate!"

Many words have been included in a short phrase or sentence to give a clear understanding as to how it is to be used and spoken. Welcome now to the "Ridgy-Didge" words and expressions of "STRINE"!

Word Pronunciation
Aw: Are Ardunno: I don't know
Bigon: Big one Betta: Better
Carn: Can't or Cannot Didya: Did you
Doin: Doing Da: Do
Dunno: I don't know 'em: Them
'ear: Hear 'eard: Heard
'elluva: Hell of 'er: Her
'es: He is Fella: Fellow
Goin: Going Gunna: Going to
'ad: Had 'earin: Hearing
'is: His 'im: Him
me: my nar: No
Nothin: Nothing Orright: O'K
Orright: All right 'ow: How
S'arvo: This afternoon Righto: O'K
Tis Mornin: This Morning Ta: Thank you
Ta: To Wadoancha: Why don't you
Wudya: What Do You Whatsanamed: What is his/her name
Wunna: Want to Ya: You
Yawself: Yourself Yeah: Yes
Yes-ta-dy: Yesterday Ywa: Your
Wun: One --End--

Slang Words

Below you will find an A to Z list of Aussie words spoken in everyday speech. You may find some of these words unusual to say the very least but many are spoken with a serious tongue. Many of course, are humorous in themselves.

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