Learn Aussie
Learn to Speak Aussie

The Australian version of English is rather unique – here are a few words you’ll need to familiarise yourself with

Word What it actually means
Arvo

Afternoon

Aussie (Ozi)

Australian

Bail

Depart hastily

Barbie

Barbeque

Bathers

Swimming clothes

Bicky

A biscuit

Bloke

A guy

Blowie

Blow fly

Bludger

Someone who does not work very hard

Blue

Fight

Booze

Alcohol

Booze bus

Police road block checking for drivers who have been drinking

Bottle-o

A bottle-o is a booze shop but is generally a booze shop where you can drive your car through it like McDonalds drive through service

Brekkie

Breakfast

Bundy or ‘the rum’

Bundaberg rum which is brewed in Australia

Bush (gone bush)

Also called Woop Woop.  The Aussie term for outback.  If someone’s gone bush, they have gone ‘out there’ somewhere.

Bush telly

Camp fire

BYO

Bring your own.  Generally refers to booze and could refer to food also.  When a restaurant is BYO, you are allowed to take your own wine and don’t have to buy it from the restaurant (rather common in Australia).

Chick

A girl.  Generally used in a positive sense (i.e. attractive or nice).

Chook

Chicken

Chuck a U’ey

To do a ‘U Turn’ but usually in a car (to turn 180 degrees).

Flat out

Busy or working hard.

Flog

To sell something or steal something.

Footy or football

The Australian Rules Football – not soccer!

Franger

Condom

Freshie

Freshwater crocodile

Game

Up for a challenge / mission / obstacle

Goin’ off

Good, but in an strong or heavy way

Grog

Alcohol

Handy

Helpful

Jug

A container for liquid but normally 1 litre of beer sold in Australian pubs.

Joey

Baby kangaroo