G’day G’day How ya goin? Aussie Greetings

gdaygdayAustralians are a relaxed, friendly nation and the most famous Australian greeting is G’day (short for Good day).

G’Day, G,Day is a song by Australian country music legend, Slim Dusty. Here is a video of the song and the lyrics which contain some great Australian slang and language.

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How to speak Australian – abbreviate everything!


How to speak Australian? Abbreviate everything!  In this video I share the video by hijosh with a transcription of all the words.

I often show this video to my students. The word list and following questions can be used in an ESL lesson.

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The Pub With No Beer (song)

slip.jpgSlim Dusty was an Australian country music singer-songwriter and recorded many songs about Australia.

The Pub With No Beer song is based on a poem written during World War 2.   Beer was rationed during the war and American serviceman had drunk all the beer in the Day Dawn Hotel in Ingham, Queensland.

Dan Sheahan, a local farmer,  had ridden 20 miiles to  town for a beer and discovered there was none.  He later wrote a poem based on this experience.   In 1956 songwriter Gordon Parsons reworked this into a song and presented it to Slim Dusty.

I included a vocabulary list at the end of this article – useful for ESL students.

Watch Slim Dusty sing the song, and follow along with the lyrics.

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Australian wine language and slang

aussie_wineIn this article I explain the language and slang of Australian table wineranging from grape varieties, bottles and casks, paying corkage at restaurants, and playing goon of fortune in the backyard.

In a previous article I wrote about beer and drinking and many of these words apply to wine. You can read that article here.

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Australian Beer and Drinking Language (Slang)


australian-kangaroo-with-beerDrinking beer is a big part of Australian life.

In this article I explain the language  of beer and drinking in Australia. You will learn some slang as well.  I discuss  wine  in a later  article which you can read here.

So grab a coldie, and enjoy  this article.   Cheers mate!

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Days observed in Australia

Australia has many public holidays and I wrote about these in an earlier blog post. There are many other days observed each year including religious holidays but these are not public holidays.

Chinese New Year  – Valentines Day – St Patrick’s Day  –  Harmony Day –  Mother’s Day –  Father’s Day – HalloweenMelbourne Cup – Remembrance Day

In this article I am writing about the days observed  here in Australia and these days are especially popular for various kinds of businesses. Australia is multi-cultural so there are special days for Catholics, Jews, Muslims and  Hindus.

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Public Holidays in New South Wales

How many public holidays are there in New South Wales? The short answer is that I miss 9 working days in one year.

There are many public holidays celebrated on the same date in all states of Australia such as Australia Day and Easter.

There are some holidays with different dates in each state, e.g.  Labour Day.

Victoria has Melbourne Cup Day – a public holiday on the first Tuesday of November to celebrate a horse race!  Can you believe it?

Here is the list of public holidays observed in New South Wales.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Australia Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday   (Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday fall on the weekend, not weekdays)
  • Anzac Day
  • Queen’s Birthday
  • Labour Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday but employers usually let workers leave early to celebrate and attend parties.

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