en fr
Cafe oz blog
Friday 19 July 2019 19 July 2019

Expressions 100% Aussie to know absolutely (part.2)

Expressions 100% Aussie to know absolutely (part.2)

We hope you have worked on your pronunciation well after our first article because we will teach you many new expressions that will make you look perfect too!

Some places to know

The « bush »

When we talk about the Australian bush, we are talking about the countryside and vegetation, far from the hubbub of the city. 

The « outback »

This is the name Australians give to the vast, arid, uninhabited areas in the hinterland.

« Billabong »

It is a body of water, often a very winding river found in the middle of nature. 

« Loo » ou « dunny »

An urgent need? If you're looking for the little corner, don't ask for the toilet, we won't understand you!

« Bottle-o » 

This is short for bottle shop, a store where you can buy alcohol. Good to know: in Australia, you can't buy alcohol from everywhere, only in bottle-o, pubs and restaurants. In addition, it is forbidden to drink in public areas such as parks or beaches.

A little hungry ?

As you might expect, the aussies are barbecue and picnic fans on the beach and they have a whole vocabulary for that! 

« Barbie »

No, it's not the famous doll but the diminutive for barbecue! On holidays such as Christmas, a relaxed and sunny "barbie" is organised, with the family, on the beach, instead of a formal dinner around a table, as in Europe.

« Bevvie »

As you have understood, abbreviations are the passion of Australians. Bevvie is the short version for beverages which means drink.

« Esky » 

Australians bring their "eskys" with them to the famous "barbie" on the beach to keep drinks cool. It can be very hot in Australia in the summer, so you better have this cooler on hand to keep your drinks cool.

« Sanga » or « sanger »

This is the sandwich to put in your esky for a picnic on the beach.

« Bangers » or « snags » 

When you make a barbie, you need snags, sausages, of course!

 « Tinny » 

You see when people say to you, "Can you get me a little one? "the Australians have definitely made a point. "Tiny" which commonly means "small" is simply their way of saying beer can.

 

We wanted to finish this article with an animal we love, the kangaroo!

A little anecdote: when they arrived in Australia, the European explorers asked the Aborigines what these strange leaping animals were called, the Aborigines replied "kan-ga-roo", which means "I don't understand". Since then, these strange creatures have been named after this mutual misunderstanding, and the aussies often abbreviate by "roo". What about the kangaroo baby? We call him joey. We love it! We love it!

Your e-mail address is only used to send you our newsletter and information about Oz Cafes activities. You declare that you are over 16 years old and can use the unsubscribe link included in the newsletter at any time.

Request a Booking

Request for quotation

Châtelet
  • CHâTELET
  • DENFERT-ROCHEREAU
  • GRANDS BOULEVARDS
  • LILLE
  • LORIENT
  • MONTPELLIER
  • QUEEN'S HEAD
  • ROOFTOP
  • BORDEAUX
  • TOULOUSE

Are you a professional? You wish a private space? Click here

Châtelet
  • CHâTELET
  • DENFERT-ROCHEREAU
  • GRANDS BOULEVARDS
  • LILLE
  • LORIENT
  • MONTPELLIER
  • QUEEN'S HEAD
  • ROOFTOP
  • BORDEAUX
  • TOULOUSE

    Are you a professional? You wish a private space? Click here

    Loading...

    Successfully send!
    We come back to you soon.
    (Booking service is close from friday 5pm to monday 9am)
    Quotation request successfully send!
    Commercial service back to you soon.