Quiz: Can You Translate These Australian Phrases?
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Can You Translate These Australian Phrases?
By: Deborah Beckwin
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About This Quiz

Any culture or country has its own way of saying things, and Australia is no different. 

Australia does not have an official language, but the de facto official language is English, which is spoken by over 75 percent of the population. 

But what makes Australian English unique?

Back in the 1960s, the term "Strine" (pronounced strain) was invented to describe how Australians talk. Strine itself is the way to say the word "Australian," but in a more clipped and phonetic form. 

So where Strine come from? Australia was formerly a penal colony, and this dialect came from two groups of people: London convicts who spoke cockney, a British dialect of English from those who lived on the East End, and Irish convicts. Then it became a cool, rebellious way to talk.

Strine itself mainly a lot of word shortening and abbreviations, like the word "Aussie," which is short for Australian. And "barbie" is shortened for barbeque. Some Strine words you may recognize, like "aggro" meaning aggressive and "deli" meaning delicatessen. 

Australian English also has Aboriginal words. You may recognize "moola," which means money. Kangaroo, dingo, and kookaburra are also Aboriginal words.
In Australia, English words may mean different things outside of the country. If you're going to have tea, you're actually going to have dinner. And a cuppa is a cup of tea (also a British term).

We hope you enjoy this deadly (awesome) quiz on Straya (Australia)! Good luck!


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"This guy is trying to crack onto that Sheila who is not interested." So, what's going on?
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If you "chucked a sickie" to go surf, what did you just do?
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"This meal makes me want to chunder; I hate french onion soup!" This meal makes you want to do what?
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"Ah, stop whinging about how hot it is and get back to work!" You should stop what?
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You just told your Aussie friend that you got a promotion and at work and they responded, "Good on ya! You little ripper!" How are they feeling for you?
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"Can you get those bags? They're in the back of the ute." What is a ute?
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"Let me grab my togs and we'll head out to the beach." What is being grabbed?
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"My son is being such a ratbag right now. He's mocking me while I'm on the phone. I'll call you back." Do you know what a ratbag is?
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You call your friend and you ask how they're doing. They respond: "I'm just having a glass of Cab Sav and a big sook." What's happening?
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You're trying to get into a nightclub and your friend says, "It's chockers in there! What do they mean?
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Someone just called you a tosser. Do you know what they just called you?
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"Wow, that grommet actually knows what he's doing on his board." Who or what is a grommet?
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"Wow, so he just spit the dummy when you tried to end the relationship?" What did he do?
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A waiter brings you your food, and you say, "Ta!" How did you respond?
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You're at a bar, and you come back from the bathroom to see that your beer is gone. You look at your friend who quickly says, "There’s no flies on me, mate." What did he just say?
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You tell your friend that you don't think your partner is cheating on you. She responds, "Ziff!" What is "ziff" slang for?
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"When I got home, I was just flat to the boards." What does "flat to the boards" mean?
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"I have to get up at a sparrow's fart." When is this person getting up?
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You ask your friend to help you unpack after your move, but she looks at her watch and says, "Sorry, I hate to just choof off here, but I've got to get back home." What does "choof off" mean?
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You just took out an old painting from your attic and your Aussie friend looks at it and says, "Ah, looks to be in good nick." What does your friend mean?
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You give your Aussie friend the address of where you're meeting up for dinner, and they say, " Where is this, out Woop Woop?" Well, where is Woop Woop?
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"Well, it's time to hit the frog and toad!" What is this person hitting?
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Your Aussie friend introduces you to their friend and says, "I love this bloke! He is straight up and down." What does your friend mean?
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If you see some mozzies, what are you looking at?
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You take a sharp turn in your car and your Aussie friend riding along with you exclaims, "Crikey! I need to hold on to your Jesus bars!" What's your friend wanting to hold onto?
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You tell your Aussie friend that you met a celebrity, and they say, "Fair dinkum?" What are they asking you?
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If you're giving an "Aussie salute," what are you doing?
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Which way is the word piss NOT used?
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You're worried while waiting for some test results, and your Aussie friend says, "No dramas, mate. She'll be apples." What did your friend say?
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"I didn't think our team would win and then they had an own goal. We deadset did a Bradbury." What does "did a Bradbury" mean here?
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If you're "living on the smell of an oily rag," how are you living?
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If someone tells you that you need to get "on ya bike," what are they telling you to do?
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