Educate Yourself: Australia

As my adventure continues, life brings me ‘down under’ to Australia. My primary goal in visiting was to meet cousins for the first time and it was such a great outing with them! We got along pretty quickly and they taught me many things about this great country/continent of yours that I love about Australians:

Slangs (Yes, there are many more but these are the ones that stood out):

Chemist
Also known as a ‘pharmacy’. What do you call a chemist, a person who studied chemistry, then?

Bogans
The Australian equivalent of hicks and rednecks.

Central Business District (CBD)
Their term for “downtown”

“Lads”/Gabber Music


Uhh…

“Wogs” (Guido-hybrid)


Right. Carrying on.

“Macca’s” (mah-kiz)
For some reason, they call McDonald’s here “Macca’s” and the company even acknowledges it in their advertisements! Their Aussie Menu proudly mentions it and I absolutely adore it.

Aussie Kiss
It’s like the French Kiss but ‘down under’ 😉

Roundabouts
I don’t know why Canada didn’t pick this up from the British but they are primarily roundabouts all over the suburbs; no 4-way stops or whatnot. Very efficient and cheap way of getting people around intersections. I like that.

The Accent
My cousins gave me tips on how to speak Australian or should I say, “‘Stralian?” If you elongate the second syllable and pronounce ‘e”s softly (i.e. “beach” would be “beh-each”), you only slightly butchered the accent. I try but I still get laughed at.

Australian Dollar
I don’t know what you all put in the soil but man, your dollar is worth a lot vs. the Canadian dollar. Also, can someone explain to me why your higher valued coins (i.e. 1 or 2 dollar) are smaller than your lower valued coins (50c or 20c)? Check this Wikipedia link to know what I’m referring to.

The ‘Ute’

I. WANT. ONE!

Anywhos, I’ll show more of Australia when I head back to Canada and get all of the photos organized and uploaded.

I’ve been everywhere for the past week and covered a lot of ground around Sydney CBD.

For now, if you are a local reader and have any recommendations of great places to eat, tweet me please or reply!

Cheers,

– Don

Advertisements

Thanks for reading! Leave a thought and we'll discuss. =)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s