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An alphabet of Australian slang

G’day mate. If you’re heading down under to learn English in Australia, these popular Australian English slang words will help you to understand the natives – and sound more like one too! Get ready to yabber…


Arvo: Afternoon


Bonza: Excellent


Choccy biccy: Chocolate biscuit


Drongo: Fool, silly person


Esky: Cool-box


Fair dinkum?!: Honestly?!


G’day: Hello


Heaps: Lots


Icy pole: Ice lolly


Jug: Electric kettle


Knocker: Someone who criticises


Lollies: Sweets


Mate: Friend


(In the) Nuddy: Naked


Oz: Australia


Pommie: Englishman


(Not the full) Quid: Not very clever


Rapt: Pleased, delighted


Stubby: Small bottle of beer


Thongs: Flip-flops


Ute: Pick-up truck


Veggies: Vegetables


Wuss: Coward


XXXX: Brand of Australian beer, pronounced ‘four-X’


Yabber: Talk a lot


Zack: small amount of money: “it isn’t worth a zack”


If you’d be rapt to learn English in Oz, check out OHC, with a bonza choice of schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.