Friday, November 18, 2011

lessons learned and colloquialisms pt.3

hire = to rent (you can hire a car, a movie, etc)
canteen = cafeteria
bikkies = biscuits (aka cookies)
How did you go? = How did you do? (ex: How did you go on your homework last night? or Are you done with your work? Good! How did you go with it?)
How you going? = How are you? / How are you doing? (ex: Hey, Sofia, how you going?)
texta = marker
mozzies = mosquitoes
pinch = to steal
pigeonhole = teacher's mailbox
little boys = cocktail sausages (you can guess why)
gridiron = American football
Esky = ice box/cooler
cherries and berries = cops
dear = expensive
scabby = gross, not good
pissed = drunk
hey? = what?
ute = pickup truck (utility)
banger/banga = sausage
lollies = any type of candy
  • Aussie men wear short shorts!!!
  • rattails. side ones. both sexes. yikes.
  • if you want an Australian book, buy it in Australia. you won't be able to find it in the States, or even online. at least not for a better price.
  • when Aussies talk about pie, 99% of the time, it's meat pie.
  • it's not uncommon for my students to strip off their shoes and socks at random times throughout the day. pretty much whenever they feel like it.
  • I have recently discovered that a lot of words (like Macca's, texta, my student Tayla) are spelled with an a when I thought they were spelled with an er, but it sounds like an a due to the accents. it's so weird! I see these words/names written, and then I feel like an idiot. it's really bizarre.

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