Australian hospitality and the Australian language

Last weekend, a big group of us from our dorm drove up to a town called Tamworth. A huge group of 15 went up and stayed with the parents of a girl that we know. The girl was with us too, along with 2 other girls from Tamworth. We had a great weekend there away from the university. About a 4 hour drive northwest of here, it’s just a city of about 70,000 people. We stayed at the farm of this girl’s parents, so we had a huge bonfire on Friday night when we got there. One of the highlights of the trip was the food. The family was amazingly generous, and they cooked for 15 of us the whole weekend. Big breakfasts and dinners. The highlight of the food on Friday night was the kangaroo sausage. Just the second time I have eaten kangaroo and I enjoyed it. On Saturday, we just went into town and visited the other girls’ homes and walked around the town.

One thing that Australians like is big statues of weird things. Around towns in Australia, I have heard of the big lobster, the big slushie, and the big banana. This city has the big guitar because it is called the country music capital of Australia. So we stopped at the guitar and took some pictures, then went on our way. Overall, it was a really fun weekend to visit their homes and to just spend a weekend away from the university.

I also want to comment on the Australian language, as they have an enormous amount of unique sayings and different words. Some of the common words they use that we don’t include:

Ages – It took ages to get home.
Heaps – a lot, very – I am heaps excited for the match.
Keen – interested in – I am keen to go to the game.
Take a squizz – take a look – Take a squiz at this funny video.
Maccas – McDonald’s
Arvo – afternoon
Good on ya – nice job – my personal favorite Australian saying
How you going? – How are you doing?
Brekky – breakfast
Ute – pickup truck
Austraya – Australia
Cheers, mate – thanks
G’day – the obvious Australian hello
Rock off – rock, paper, scissors
Mozzie – mosquito
Budgie smugglers/swimmers – swimming trunks

About Trent

I started Frugal Purpose to share my love of personal finance to assist your pursuit of a more fulfilling life. I am a financial analyst by trade, traveler at heart, and want to share with you the beauty of this world.


One thought on “Australian hospitality and the Australian language

  1. That was interesting to read about all of the different sayings there in Australia. You’ll probably be using those words and phrases when you get back home next month!

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