The first thing you need to know about Aussie English is that we like to shorten words. I am sure you are familiar with how we say Aus-sie instead of Aus-tra-li-an. it is much easier to use two syllables to say Aussie than four syllables for Australian.
I know you like food, so I will give you some vocabulary. Imagine you want to have a casual Sunday afternoon lunch at home. What do you cook? A barbie – it’s not a Barbie Doll – but abbreviation for Barbecue. And where do you buy food for the Barbie? At Woollies! If you think I am talking about a sheep – Woollies is short for Woolworths – the supermarket.
So what food do we eat at barbecues? You need some meat and salads, but after the main course you may want to eat some classic Australian cakes and biscuits.
Australia is famous for a special sweet treat made by dipping sponge cake into a mixture of water, cocoa and icing sugar then coating with desiccated coconut. This wonderful creation is called a lamington, but abbreviated to lammo. You may want a cup of tea or coffee after your lunch, and we have an abbreviation for that – cuppa. It could be a cuppa tea or a cuppa coffee.
Sit back and relax with a cuppa and enjoy your lammo after the barbie.