We translated Aussie slang so you don’t have to

Learning a new language can be hard, especially in Australia, where the locals prefer to abbreviate everything! You’ll find that Australians speak quickly and have unusual ways of pronouncing words. From togs to servo, we’ve translated the most mysterious Aussie lingo to have you speaking like a local in no time. Try these out with your Australian friends… results not guaranteed.

Eg. “I’ll have the avo on toast please.”

Creamy, nutritious and delicious. Avocados are a fan favourite, especially with students! Just watch your bank account…

Eg. “Welcome to Straya, god’s country.”

A classic case of shortening. Why spend more time saying something than you need to!

Eg. “Pop your thongs on, the sand is hot!”

In Australia, thongs are simply flip flops!

Protecting Aussies’ feet from the hot sand and bitumen since as long as we can remember.

Eg. “Grab your togs, we’re going to the pool!”

Boardies or bikinis, take your pic but depending where you visit in Australia, there are different terms for this!

In Queensland, we’ll settle on togs being swimming costumes.

Eg. “Watch out for the mozzies.”

Mosquitos frequent the summer evenings and beaches in Australia.

Get your mozzie spray ready or fly swatter ready!

Eg. “Hand me a lolly!”

The sweet, sugar-filled candies that we all dream of.

Chocolates would not be considered in this category!

Eg. “Can I borrow a flannie?”

Checkered shirts made from flannelette material popular in winter and around the campfire!

Eg. “Put a prawn on the barbie.”

Contrary to popular belief, we call ‘shrimp’ prawns, and the barbeque is a barbie (no not the barbie doll you had when you were 7).

Eg. “Watch out for the mozzies.”

Mosquitos frequent the summer evenings and beaches in Australia.

Get your mozzie spray ready or fly swatter ready!

Eg. “See you tomorrow arvo.”

Here’s your first taste of an abbreviated phrase.

If you look past the 5 missing letters, this one’s pretty easy to remember, right?

If you want to be extra spicy, add an “s” to the front to say s’arvo, meaning, this afternoon.

Eg. “Did you wash your undies?”

Whether you like Batman or flowers, this is a uni-sex term for undergarments.

Eg. “Stop hogging the doona!”

An essential item for every student who wants to cuddle up during the cooler nights for a cosy sleep. In saying that, we are pretty blessed with the weather here!

Eg. “I’m taking a swag on my camping trip.”

A swag is a one or two person rollout bed that can be converted into a mini tent! Often used on camping and backpacking trips.

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