G’day Mate – getting started with Aussie English

goodayThis is the first in a series of articles for non-native speakers to understand Australian English, Australian culture and the way us Ausses speak.

In most foreign language courses your first learn to say hello, goodbye and thank you. We will start with the most famous G’day.

Saying Hello

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!

Saying Goodbye

See you later – See you – See ya

Cheers mate


Hooroo / Ooroo / Toodle-oo

Take it easy

Have a good one – (a good morning, a good day, evening, weekend, or holiday)


No worries

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.

More information

Aussie Slang from All Down Under

Australian Slang on WikiTravel

Australian Phrasebook – Lonely Planet  (c) 1998.

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.

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