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10 first words I learnt in Australian slang // Le prime 10 parole che ho imparato in “australiano”

Finally after a long time I put together the list of the first 10 words of ‘Australian’ I learnt when I arrived in Melbourne. Yes because in Australia they speak a totally different language! J Come and read for yourself the first words I came across in the land Downunder.

  1. ARVO – short for ‘afternoon’, although I don’t particularly like the sound of this word
  2. AUSSIE – short for ‘Australian’
  3. BARBIE – short for ‘barbeque’, essential word if you want to live and survive in Australia. You’ll attend and/or organise hundreds of them, it’s like the Italian Aperitivo, almost a National sport 😉
  4. BREKKIE – short for ‘breakfast’, another important part of the day. You can’t start the day without ‘a good brekkie’, which often involves ‘Vegemite’.
  5. CHRISSIE – short for ‘Christmas’, a word we learnt after just 4 months of our arrival to Melbourne, since we spent here our first Xmas and we’re going to spend here the next.
  6. FOOTY short for ‘football’, but the Australian one. Nobody living in Melbourne can afford not to know at least something about it and maybe having a team to barrack for. Mine, for obvious reasons, is Carlton.
  7. MATE – it’s a buddy, a friend and it’s used all the time, also not with friends
  8. NO WORRIES – it’s not a word, of course, but an Expression that means ‘No problem’, ‘I can do it’, ‘I’ll do it’). When I first started working, I couldn’t believe my years, it was all I could hear! It’s the ‘Aussie’ philosphy’!
  9. TASSIE / BRISSIE – these two words are just an example of how Australians abbreviate the names of cities and places too. They respectively stand for ‘Tasmania’ and ‘Brisbane’, too long to say! 😉
  10. UTE – it’s a widely spread utility vehicle, a pick up, often used by tradies, surfers as it has enough space for the surf board or any person that needs space, to move things from one place to another or just cruise around.

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Gli australiani si sa’ parlano strano. Si’ parlano inglese, con un accento molto complicato da capire, ma soprattutto con delle parole tutte loro. E adorano abbreviare qualsiasi cosa. Ecco le prime 10 parole che ho imparato in “australiano” quando sono arrivata a Melbourne.

  1. ARVO – abbreviazione per ‘afternoon’, pomeriggio, viene usata molto spesso, anche se non me ne fa’ impazzire il suono.
  2. AUSSIE – abbreviazione per ‘Australian’, australiano
  3. BARBIE – abbreviazione per ‘barbeque’, parola fondamentale in Australia. Non penso si possa fare a meno ne’ di usarla come parola ne’ di partecipare ad un barbie od organizzarne uno. E’ come l’aperitivo Milanese in quanto a consuetudine.
  4. BREKKIE – abbreviazione per ‘breakfast’, colazione, parola altrettanto importante. Non si puo’ iniziare la giornata senza ‘a good brekkie’, di cui molto spesso fa’ parte il Vegemite, che non sono sicura vogliate sapere cosa sia men che meno provarlo
  5. CHRISSIE – abbreviazione per ‘Christmas’, Natale, parola che abbiamo imparato dopo neanche 4 mesi che eravamo arrivati a Melbourne, dato che il primo Natale l’abbiamo passato qui, al caldo! E come il prossimo che verra’.
  6. FOOTY abbreviazione per ‘football’, ma quello australiano. Non son proprio sicura che vogliate spingervi a tanto e a scoprire cosa sia! Ma se si vive a Melbourne, non si puo’ non conoscerlo, avere una squadra per la quale si tifa, perche’ e’ nato qui. Io tifo per il Carlton.
  7. MATE – questa non e’ un’abbreviazione, ma una parola usata per indicare un amico, un compagno di squadra, un collega e viene usata ogni due per tre
  8. NO WORRIES – anche quest’espressione non e’ un’abbreviazione, ma soprattutto quando ho iniziato a lavorare mi sono resa conto di non averla ancora sentito cosi’ spesso, ogni minuto!
  9. TASSIE / BRISSIE – queste due parole sono solo un esempio di abbreviazioni di luoghi, in questo caso respettivamente di ‘Tasmania’ e ‘Brisbane’, ovviamente troppo lunghi da pronunciare!
  10. UTE – un veicolo commerciale molto diffuso, praticamente un pick up, usato soprattutto dai dai surfisti, perche’ ci sta la tavola, o da qualsiasi persona che debba fare dei lavori manuali, trasportare delle cose da un posto all’altro o semplicemente spostarsi
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Milan born, I lived in the US although very briefly, Spain (Madrid), Australia (Melbourne) and now Zurich for an exciting new adventure! I'm a curious person, a traveller, a lover of languages and cultures, food, art & design, a marketer and about to become a jewellery designer. I also love traveling and sharing. Travelling is a Life Experience, and it also means new recipes, new styles, culture and so on... you'll find all my love for traveling and what it entails in this blog! I'll share my own real experiences with you so that you can get tips on Australia and more first hand! This blog is in English and Italian, and occasionally in Spanish. Sharing is caring!


  1. Many of these translate well for New Zealand slang — thank you; it helps me understand our family in Auckland a bit better! 😉

    • Hi Cindi! Oh really I did not know, well that’s good. I guess these main expressions are fairly similar and there are so many kiwis here in Australia. From what I’ve heard they’ve got some pretty interesting expressions too. This post was long due, although it’s only related to the main Aussie slang words. they can abbreviate everything here! Anyway, glad I helped a bit! 🙂 Have a great day! Val 🙂

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