australian culture and customs

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Straya (our way of saying Australia)

This is a nice lighthearted video with the usual Australian self-mockery – we love a bit of that. How many of the people and places can you identify? Kudos to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

sorta dunno nothin

I have a 14 year old. Now some Australian 14 year olds can be pretty uncommunicative. How about in your country? There are a number of Aussie cultural references in … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’

One Australian’s view of Aussie culture from online news site, WA Today Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

A request…

Hello and a warm welcome to all my readers. I have now been running this blog for about six months and it’s going pretty well so far with people from … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ita Buttrose, the mother of Australian style and business

Ita Buttrose has been an inspiration to generations of Australian women playing a leading role in the Packer media empire as the creator and first female editor of major women’s … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

please, thank you, excuse me, sorry

“please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Map of indigenous languages of Australia

David R Horton, creator, © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. Check out this link for a high-resolution, magnifiable version of the map Please note that this … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment


What’s does Aussie mean? It’s short for Australian

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The many meanings of ‘mate’

The ubiquitous Australian word has many meanings depending on the context.  See if this hilarious series of videos featuring a very stereotypic Aussie helps you understand some of them!

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cultural Differences Between India and other Countries: A Dinner Invitation

Originally posted on InterSecting Lines:
This was an article I wrote eons ago for Chillibreeze. I had even forgotten that I had written this article till I came across it…

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australian workplace traditions

Originally posted on Vipbackpackers's Blog:
So you’ve come to Australia to work, or you’re thinking of it, and trying to work out all the lingo and what’s going on.…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

jobs – chippy, sparky, brickie, dunny diver – what are you talking about?!

Why use the correct word when you can have some fun and bamboozle non-native English speakers? chippy – a carpenter (they make chips when the cut up wood) sparky – … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 42 Comments

20 ways we will change your name in Australia

If you have more than one syllable in your name, be prepared to lose all but one and possibly add a “y’ or ‘z’ to the end.  If we don’t … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

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