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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Music listening – Transistor radio to Internet jukebox

transistorThis is the story of my life of music-listening and the evolution of technology.  I thought of calling this article “From Transistor Radio to CDs, iPhone, MP3s, streaming audio. and YouTube” but that title is a bit long.

The technology of listening to music has changed enormously in my lifetime of over half a century.

In my childhood I had to wait for my favourite song on the radio or hear the record in a shop or at a friend’s house. Now I can find almost any song easily on YouTube  or play the media file on my computer or phone.

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British, Australian and North American English. What’s the difference?

As an Australian born English teacher I am often asked by my students to teach them about Australian English and slang. This document  explains the main features of Australian English (AusA) and compares to British English (BrE) and North American English (NAmE).

The differences between all three varieties of English can be found in four main categories:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Pronunciation differences
  3. Spelling differences
  4. Grammar differences

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Do you know the world population?

countries-by-population-size-1.pngIn my English teaching we often have the topic of world population and how many people live in Australia, Sydney or the student’s own country.

Here is a quick quiz: Do you know the world population now (in April 2018) in billion? (a) 6 (b) 7.5  (c) 8  (d) 8.5

Which are the 5 most populated countries?

What is the population of Australia?   23, 24, 25 or 26 million?

What is the population of your country?

You should know the answers to these general knowledge questions! Read on for the facts.

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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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