Lammos at the barbie – a taste of Aussie English

AS-goodfood-aw-20140121084245602237-620x0How well can you speak the Australian language? That’s right – Australian – It’s a dialect of English. I’m going to teach you a few words to help you enjoy living in this wonderful land down under.

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.



Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

One thought on “Lammos at the barbie – a taste of Aussie English”

  1. Lammos. That’s the first I’ve heard, but I reckon it’s a cool way to describe the iconic lamington. Also, Aussies are quite fond of the words shortened culinary words chocky, bikkie, brekkie and sanga. Aussie English is never dull.

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