In most foreign language courses your first learn to say hello, goodbye and thank you. We will start with the most famous G’day.
Australians have a reputation for being friendly and easy-going, so greetings can be informal except in business.
G’day is probably the most Australian greeting and is a shortened form of Good Day.
How are you going has many variations: How’re going? How’re ya goin? How’s it going? Ow ya goin’ How are ya? Hi ya.
How are things? How are tricks?
Australians of different ages may address you with a nickname. For example an older women might call a younger woman love, darling, sweetheart, or sweetie. For example, “Gooday love, how are you?”
How do you respond to G’day
Good / Good mate
Great / Great mate
Not bad / Not bad mate – means good!
See you later – See you – See ya
Hooroo / Ooroo / Toodle-oo
Take it easy
Have a good one – (a good morning, a good day, evening, weekend, or holiday)
No worries can be loosely translated to don’t mention it, or you’re welcome.
Watch Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee actor!) use some of these Australian greetings.
Aussie Slang from All Down Under
Australian Slang on WikiTravel
Australian Phrasebook – Lonely Planet (c) 1998.