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Living in Australia

About Australia:

Culture & Society:

Australia is a multicultural country & free from discrimination. Almost a quarter of us were born overseas, and four million Australians speak a language other than English. Australia is a society of people from a rich diversity of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. Most Australians are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who arrived over the last two centuries from more than 200 countries. Australians are very friendly, energetic an confident.

Here are are some insights into Australian culture:
  • Australians are quite casual and informal. For example, most Australian students refer to their lecturers and tutors by their first names.
  • Australians expect everyone to be treated equally. It is customary to thank shop assistants and other service staff when they assist you.
  • It is important to be on time in Australia — it is polite to call if you are going to be late for an appointment.
  • Smoking is not permitted in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other public covered areas, such as train stations.
  • Littering is prohibited, as is drinking alcohol in a public place.

Most Australians will be happy to help you if you’re unsure of something.

Transport :

All of Australia’s capital cities are served by a wide variety of public transport, including trains, buses, ferries, monorail, light rail and trams. The types of transport available vary between cities.

Each state and territory has a public transport website:
For longer distances within Australia there are trains, buses and four major domestic airlines:

There are also various small regional airlines for travel to regional or remote areas.

Australian Slang:

Australian English is similar to British English, but many common words differ from American English—and there are many unique Aussie idiosyncrasies, slang terms, and expressions.

Here is a list of commonly used words and phrases — try them out with your Australian friends!

1.Arvo: afternoon

2.Barbie: barbeque

3.Bogan: redneck, an uncultured person. According to the Australian show Bogan Hunters, a real bogan sports a flanno (flannel shirt), a mullet, missing teeth, homemade tattoos (preferably of the Australian Flag or the Southern Cross), and has an excess of Australia paraphernalia. This "species of local wildlife" can be found by following their easily distinguishable tracks from burnouts or the smell of marijuana.

4.Bottle-O: bottle shop, liquor store

5.Chockers: very full

6.Esky: cooler, insulated food and drink container

7.Fair Dinkum: true, real, genuine

8.Grommet: young surfer

9.Mozzie: mosquito

10.Pash: a long passionate kiss. A pash rash is red irritated skin as the result of a heavy make-out session with someone with a beard.

11.Ripper: really great

12. Roo: kangaroo. A baby roo, still in the pouch, is known as a Joey

13.Root: sexual intercourse. This one can get really get foreigners in trouble. There are numerous stories about Americans coming to Australia telling people how they love to "root for their team." If you come to Australia, you would want to use the word "barrack" instead. On the same note, a "wombat" is someone who eats roots and leaves.

14. Servo: gas station. In Australia, a gas station is called a petrol station. If you ask for gas, don’t be surprised if someone farts.

15. She’ll be right: everything will be all right

16. Sickie: sick day. If you take a day off work when you are not actually sick it’s called chucking a sickie.

17. Slab: 24-pack of beer

18. Sook: to sulk. If someone calls you a sook, it is because they think you are whinging

19. Stubbie holder: koozie or cooler. A stubbie holder is a polystyrene insulated holder for a stubbie, which is a 375ml bottle of beer.

20. Sweet as: sweet, awesome. Aussies will often put ‘as’ at the end of adjectives to give it emphasis. Other examples include lazy as, lovely as, fast as and common as.

21. Ta: thank you

22. Togs: swim suit

23. Tradie: a tradesman. Most of the tradies have nicknames too, including brickie (bricklayer), truckie (truckdriver), sparky (electrician), garbo (garbage collector) and chippie (carpenter).

24. Ute:Utility vehicle, pickup truck

25. Whinge: whine

Good onya, mate! Understanding the Aussies should be easy as now.

Food & Entertainment

Australia offers a fantastic variety of food from all over the world at restaurants, cafés and takeaway shops. This is due to its rich multicultural heritage, Each wave of immigrants brought new food and customs with them — European migrants introduced espresso coffee, the Vietnamese brought pho and migrants from India brought spicy curries.

Australia is known for its high-quality fresh produce (including meat, seafood, dairy, wine, fruit and vegetables), which is available at all markets and supermarkets. Bakeries, butcher’s shops, fruit and vegetable shops, delicatessens, international food stores (Indian, Srilankan, Chiniese) are common in all cities the country, so it won’t be difficult to find everything you need to cook your favourite foods at home.

Australians value their leisure time and take advantage of the great climate by spending a lot of time outside having barbeques with friends, bushwalking, camping or going to the beach. They also like to shop, dine out and go to the cinemas in their leisure time.

Sport in Australia is popular and widespread. Levels of both participation and watching are much higher than in many other countries. In Australia most sports are available including home-grown Australian Rules Football (AFL), cricket, rugby, surfing, rowing and tennis. In many ways Australia seems to be the sports and outdoor activity capital of the world. The various climates available around Australia, throughout the year, enables a wide range of activities all year around.

Australian Open Tennis, FORMULA 1 ™ Grand Prix , Surfing, Australian rules Football, Cricket, swimming, Melbourne Cup etc sre some of the world famous events held in Australia


In addition to all this Australia also has a vibrant cultural scene, with music, arts and food festivals held throughout the year in all cities

Interested to Study in Australia?

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