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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

‘ranga’, ‘red’, ‘bluey’, ‘ginger’

All words for a redhead (even if their hair is actually orange). Careful with these; ‘ranga’ actually comes from orangutan (an orange-haired ape) so can be considered derogatory. Question: Who … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 1 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 · 22 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