Think Your English Is good? Try Australian English!

Aussie-English-PicYou reckon you could throw another shrimp on the Barbie for me?

Have you ever spoken to an Australian? (Chad doesn’t count)

The Australian accent is considered one of the hardest to understand by many people, and today we are going to put your listening comprehension to the test.

With our special guest Matt Newton from Australia in the studio, you are going to learn a lot about Australia, the accent, food, stereotypes, and much more. Aww Yeah!

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Words You’ll Learn

  • Fair dinkum – Australian slang which means genuine, honest
  • Platypus – a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal native to Australia
  • Bloody ripper – Australian slang to say something is awesome
  • Sausage Rolls – meat rolled in pastry, very common snack in Australia
  • Bakeries – a shop where bread is made
  • Gems – valuable stones; valuable pieces of information
  • Unveil – to uncover
  • Get carried away – to be overcome by emotion or enthusiasm
  • Butcher – the man, or woman, that sells you meat
  • A doozy – when something is extraordinary in a good, or bad way
  • Hop – the way a kangaroo jumps
  • Straya – the way many Australians pronounce Australia
  • flourish – to add style to something
  • Go walk about – to go around without a sense of direction
  • Spot on – exactly; that is correct
  • Valley girl – Girl who is from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles
  • Give him a fair go – give someone a chance to do a good job
  • Bloke – Australian way to say man
  • Stubby – a small brown bottle of beer common in Australia
  • Lingo – a particular language spoken in a group
  • Barter –  to exchange goods for other goods without using money
  • Hang on – wait a second


  • Elizabeth from Australia – “Just love your RealLife Radio. I’m an Australian teacher of ESL. Keep up the good work guys!
  • Pete Demidoff from Argentina  –  “You teach me something in  every podcast and also make me laugh, great work”

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Kickass Quote

  • “The starting point of all achievement is desire” Napoleon Hill

Conversation Topic

  • Learn all about how Australians speak, some of their crazy words and slang, and get a lot of insight into Australian culture with this episode’s conversation topic.

Killer Clip

“Tell-im ees dreamin” – Tell him he’s dreaming

  • Learn more about Australia, and the way people live in Australia, with the movie the Castle. This movie was filmed in 11 days on a tight budget, but became an instant success in the Australian film industry.

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Song: Area 7 – Nobody Likes a Bogan


Well he’s the king of fashion in his neighborhood,
With his ripped blue jeans and a flannel shirt.
His got a well kept mullet and a packet of smokes,
And his mates will all tell ya he’s a real top bloke.
Well his real name is Barry, but his mates call him Bazza.
And his girlfriend’s name is Sharon, but you can just call her Shazza.
She’s a real top Sheila, a real top sort,
She’ll even change your stubby while your watching sport.

But don’t victimize him for his way of life,
He’s sick and tired of hearing people say…

Nobody likes, nobody likes, nobody likes a bogan.
Nobody likes, nobody likes, nobody likes a bogan.

He drives a vk Commodore with alloy wheels,
With a home made spoiler made from crappy steel.
His got a pair of fluffy dice and all the other toys,
But his No Fear sticker is his pride and joy.
On a Saturday night the boys hit the town.
Yeah they’re cruising the streets with all their windows down.
They put on some Barnsey and they’re on their way,
You can hear the car coming from a mile away

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  • Jolita Vilucko says:

    You guys are doing incredible fruitful job! Don’t lose this mission, because you don’t know how much you help people to learn English in faster and funny way! The first morning I woke up in Sydney after my long journey from Lithuania (EU), I turn on my PC and found you podcast about Aussie English and I used to listen it the whole week in the morning time :). And you, guys, not let me feel alone when I’m living here temporary in Sydney. I just listen every morning and every evening your pod casts and enjoying of your virtual company 😉 and also at the same time use to practice my listening English skills. So, I’m appreciate what you are doing and sharing for humanity of the whole words. Big THANK to you!!! 🙂

    Best regards,

    Jolita, at the moment visiting post-doc fellow at the University of Sydney