Saturday, July 11, 2009
I often find myself nodding and agreeing,
though I haven't a clue what they are saying.
Bada beans (butter beans) and hee-yah (here).
Gah-leek is garlic and haych is how they pronounce h, as in the name of the letter.
Dinna is dinner and doona is either a bed comforter or the duvet, I'm still confused on that one; I'll just nod and idiotically agree some more.
When you eat something delicious in Australia, a standard commentary is, "That's beautiful.", at least that's what everyone on Masterchef Australia says.
Fillet (as in a cut of meat) rhymes with skillet in Australia, and it doesn't rhyme with ballet.
Ta means thanks, it took me almost two years to find this out.
If you call in sick to work you're chuckin' a sickie... this is actually one of my favorite (favourite) Australia-isms.
At preschool last year the kids made dam-pah. I felt like such a jackass when I asked the teacher to spell it because I just could not figure out what the hell she was talkin' about. Of course she spelled it and I still was baffled. When I arrived at pick up time and saw them eating bread rolls, which are called damper bread, it didn't make me feel any bettah.
Recently my friend said they were going to Barrel for school break. I search it on the internet-- nothing. Next time I saw her I pressed her on it-- apparently you pronounce Bowral like barrel, who would have thunk?
Through Kindergarten drama, I found out that a dobber is a tattletail. And if you're an Aussie, and I'm not spelling this correctly, please feel free to let me know. It could just as well be dobba, but who knows?
If your house or cah (car) is nice, they'll call it flash. If you're getting a kiss, Aussies say pash.
When we meet at the bike park My Favorite Australian says we're going bike-all-ling.
I haven't even a clue how you'd spell that.
Did I mention that they swear on the radio hee-yah? I really like that.
Some other things I like hee-yah: (taken last week on the ferry)
People climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge day and night.
The city as you pull into Circular Quay on the ferry.
Sydney Opera House and the city.