How to speak Australian 如何说一口流利的澳式英语


If before you came to Australia you thought that your English was great, but now that you’re here you can’t understand the local ‘lingo’, then this is the post for you!

Australians are famous throughout the English speaking world for butchering the ‘Queen’s English‘, and whilst this can be very amusing for tourists who speak English as a first language, it can be downright confusing and difficult for Chinese students.

If you’re curious about what an ‘bevvy’ is, or why your Australian friends are calling bags of wine ‘goon’ or wearing ‘thongs’ on their feet, then this video below will explain a lot!

Watch and enjoy 🙂

Please comment below, or on our Facebook page, on any Australian slang that has either confused or amused you during your time here and have a ‘ripper’ of an ‘arvo’!!

*Top Panda Tip*

If you’re ever unsure of what a word, or phrase, means, the best thing to do is always ASK!!
Australians are a friendly bunch, and they are generally always happy to explain our slang, or to teach you a phrase or two.

No worries!




3 thoughts on “How to speak Australian 如何说一口流利的澳式英语

  1. Your article certainly put a smile on my face Bec! Though I am a born Australian, I am not one that is in tune with all of Australia’s slang. We speak English in Australia however as you have identified, we certainly do have our own lingo here. Even though I have grown up communicating in English, I still often find myself struggling to understand what people are saying when they are using slang. Only this week Oxford University Press released the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary and it is the first comprehensive update that has been done since 1988. There were over 6000 words added, including 100 words from indigenous language. Some of the words, such as neenish tart, rurosexual and branch stacking, I have never heard of. These words must be used by a significant amount of people throughout Australia to have been added to the dictionary; maybe I am just yet to come across them in conversation. If I, as an Australian that has lived here my whole life, struggle to understand some of the lingo, how hard must it be for a foreigner?

  2. Bec,
    This blog post is truly indicative of the amusing and sadly accurate portrayal of how us Aussies speak. Being 4th generation Australian and having never been largely immersed in any another culture (apart from traveling), I never stop and think how ‘unique’ Australians actually are. We have created our own lingo here – which either represents are laid back nature and laziness to pronounce the real word, or that we really are just one of a kind.

    It is interesting to view this YouTube video of two Australian boys that look similar to my age and character. They have provided for me a telling depiction of the amount of informal language I personally use on a day to day basis. Despite have an English literature undergraduate degree and being brought up in a family of academics, I have too succumbed to using Australian slang and ‘lingo’. Similar to what Lauren said how hard must it be for a foreigner to get a grasp of our culture, when we don’t even know what we are talking about?

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