How did Australia get its name?

Australia icon, outline style

The name Australia comes from the Latin word Australis which means Southern.

As far back as the 2nd century there were legends of an unknown southern land  –  Terra Australis Incognita (Latin).  It was believed there had to be a large land mass in the south to balance the Northern land mass of Europe.

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What is Australian (Aussie) Rules Football?

Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Are you a fan of Aussie Rules? Do you follow the “footy”?

I showed the following video to my class to help them understand the rules. Try the quick quiz after the video then look at the attached worksheet and answers to learn more.

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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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