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14 Words You’ll Start Saying When You Move to Australia

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G’day Mate. How ya going!?  I’ve been living in Australia for about one month now, and it’s weird how quaustralian slang for afternoonickly I’ve been able to adapt to the local vocabulary/ Australian slang! I absolutely love the Australian accent, and sometimes saying these words may sound weird without it, but I’ve still picked up quite a few of these popular phrases.

If there’s one main rule about “speaking Australian” is that you basically just try to shorten every word as much as possible. It’s pretty fun, and actually correlates with the culture here; laidback, relaxed, and focused on having good times.

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Australia Slang

Before we get started, let’s run through some Aussie slang basics.

As a general rule if a word or phrase can:

  1. Be shortened – it will be.
  2.  Include the suffix “ie” or “y” on the end – it will be. Examples include: brekky (breakfast) and sunnies (sunglasses).
  3. Include the suffix “o” (usually if “ie” doesn’t work) – it will be.
  4. Changed to an entirely different word that is either a) one syllable or b)

Aussies are a casual breed and our dialectic reflects that.

Now, let’s examine the art of Australian vocabulary a little more closely.  If you move to Australia, definitely plan on adding these to your vocabulary. 

Aussie Slang


To start off with the list, I got to mention that it’s rare to even hear an Australian pronounce their full country name.  I often catch myself pronouncing every letter in Australia, and quickly realize how that’s not necessary.  Just shorten it to STRAYA!

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What does cheers mean in Australia? Coming from America, the only situation we ever say “cheers” is at the beginning of sharing a round of drinks.  That is definitely NOT THE CASE in Australia. 

Cheers in Australia is used for so many different social scenario’s.  It’s a way of saying thanks, understanding, drinking, and also a way of saying hello and goodbye.

Even years after moving out of Australia, I’ll use cheers as a way of saying thanks/ after purchasing something. It’s one of the more common ways to say goodbye in Australian!


Far Out

What does far out mean in Australia? 

This is a really fun and unique slang term, and basically means that something is unbelievable, kind of like saying “NO WAY! That is crazy”.

You might recognize this as used by Crush the Sea Turtle in the movie Finding Nemo, and is popular among the surfing culture in…

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