Australians visiting the USA - the language barrier
There’s no two questions about it – even though we technically speak the same language (that being English), Australians and Americans definitely speak varied dialects. And it can get confusing, especially when trying to communicate with the locals. Here are some tips to help you out (Australian word first…)
How’s it going? = How are you doing?
Lollies = Candy
Entrée = Appetizer
Main Meal = Entrée
Whole meal/brown (bread) = Whole wheat
Flat White = Café Au Lait (although good luck getting one – they’ll probably just make you a latte)
Long Black = Americano
Chips = French Fries
Iceblock = Popsicle
Jam = Jelly
Lemonade = Sprite
Restaurant bill = Restaurant Check
*You’ll often get asked how you would like your hamburger cooked. Don’t be alarmed; Americans seem to like their burgers medium/medium-rare. Don’t be afraid to ask for yours well-done!
Thongs = Flip Flops or Sandals or Slippers
Boot/Bonnet/Windscreen (of the car) = Trunk/Hood/Windshield
Footpath = Sidewalk
Petrol = Gas
Ute = Pick up truck
Lift = Elevator
Another thing to remember is that although Aussies have a tendency to shorten pretty much everything, Americans just don’t get it. So think a little before you start saying words like “brekky” (breakfast), “sunnies” (sunglasses) and “boardies” (board shorts)!
Simply put, just think about what you're saying and if you are commonly greeted by blank stares or even laughter, stop, think about what you said and think of a suitable alternative!