In conversation, Aussies use a lot of slang and idioms. These words are not in your English dictionary (unless you buy The Penguin Book of Australian Slang - A Dinkum Guide to OZ English) and they are not taught in English language classes. When Aussies talk about getting a stubby from the Esky and watching the footy on the telly, migrants and international visitors are confused. Even people who are fluent in English find this informal language a mystery.
(adapted by Maureen Berry from Herald Sun 7 September, 2003)
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