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English Survival Guide for Australia

Beitrag von Ramirez » 15.01.2005 - 02:27

Hi Mates!

I opened this thread for people who are travelling to Australia.

Especially people who do not speak english very well can get an overview about important words, slang and flowery phrases!

Everybody is invited to help and may post so that we get an compact thread with everything we need ;)

" How do I express this, What is this in english, what would fit in best? "


What seems important to you, what do you want to know?

Do not hesitate to ask and write!

Have fun

Nico
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Beitrag von Ramirez » 15.01.2005 - 02:41

greetings:

Hi
Hey (Mate)
Hello
Good day ( australian)
Good afternoon
Good morning
Goog evening


How it ' s going
How are you
How are you doing today
What ' s up

Answers:

Great, thanks
I am fine, thanks
thanks, pretty good Mate
I am doing good
I am alright, how are you?
Not too bad, not too bad..



Leaving:

Good bye
Bye bye
See you later
See you
See ya later
Catch you later
Catch ya later
Take it easy
Bye ( telephon)

misc

thanks
thank you very much
thanks, mate
ta - british for thank you
awesome - deutsch - fett, cool, hammer
That ' ll be great! deutsch - das waere grossartig
fabulous - fabelhaft, sagenhaft[/b]
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Beitrag von Boris » 15.01.2005 - 13:17

hi ramirez,

thats a nice idea !! most of the people which have problems with english at the first days they will recommend this thread.

my english ist not so good but i can practise it in this thread very well.

greetings from germany....hey your homepage ist nice :wink:
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Beitrag von Mariposa » 15.01.2005 - 18:46

I want to add something:

Its correct - and only there to say:

How are you going?
(Wie gehts?)

An American for example would say that its wrong, but the Australians say it.

Very important:

Cheers= Thanks (also british)

and instead of "you are welcome - bitte schön":

No worries.
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Beitrag von Peider » 17.01.2005 - 08:47

Hi bro = Hi brother = Hi mate (youth slang :wink: )
so long...

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Beitrag von Isa » 18.01.2005 - 23:03

Nice idea!

Just on thing... Instead of "How it's going?" people say "How is it going?"

Cheers,
Isa
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Beitrag von Ramirez » 19.01.2005 - 05:55

Hi Isa,

well, I heard both before, so both phrases are possible.

Gruesse

nico
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Beitrag von Oz-Rookie » 19.01.2005 - 08:09

Hi @ all,

and what about "How're doing"? I often heard this phrase in the USA.

Greetings
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Beitrag von Miss Sophie » 19.01.2005 - 09:27

in oz i'd often heard the phrase "haya, mate", which could be translated to "how are you going, mate".

the word "mate" itself s the shortened word of "inmate", the general name of a prisoner in australia passed on our days.
Cheers!
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Beitrag von Oz-Rookie » 19.01.2005 - 09:58

Oops, I guess I was too fast with my keyboard.

I actually meant: "How are you doing"?

Sorry. :oops:
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Beitrag von catchat » 19.01.2005 - 12:19

and there is this horrible
" TAAA" - mostly said by british girls and it means: thank you!
liebe grüsse
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Beitrag von Mariposa » 19.01.2005 - 13:04

It's already mentioned above, Catchat.
I don't like this word either.
But my Australian ex flat mate often said it too, and she was about 40...
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Beitrag von Barbarella » 19.01.2005 - 13:43

catchat hat geschrieben:and there is this horrible
" TAAA" - mostly said by british girls and it means: thank you!
ups :oops: I use that quite often as well. BTW, in the UK it's used by many people … not only by girls. :wink:
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Beitrag von Australienanna » 29.03.2005 - 18:35

Can some... any... oh oh... there we go already!

What the hell is the diffrence between

somebody
someone
anybody
anyone

WHEN do you use WHAT???

thanks, anna
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"Move on" - Jet
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Beitrag von boing » 29.03.2005 - 18:54

some - in positive sentences, in questions and offers if you expext "yes" as answer.

any - in negative sentences, questions.

For example:
Have you got any bananas? No, we haven't got any. But we've got some oranges.


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Beitrag von Australienanna » 30.03.2005 - 01:50

hm... thanks... Got it!

...but why should I expect, that they've got no bananas?
"And just because you just don't feel like comin' home, don't mean that you'll never arrive."
"Move on" - Jet
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Beitrag von boing » 30.03.2005 - 23:05

"Have you got any bananas?" is a normal question, so you have to use "any".


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Beitrag von Bine » 30.03.2005 - 23:42

I guess "Australienanna" means something different?

When do you use what??

Example:
Is anybody/somebody/someone/anyone going to the supermarket today?
Someone/somebody took my breakfast ....

and so on...

Honestly .. I do not know the difference either.

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Beitrag von boing » 31.03.2005 - 21:32

Sorry, I wrote too fast :)

The same rules that apply for some and any also apply for somebody/anybody or something/anything

Some examples:

Somebody stole my car.
(positive sentences)

Does anybody know who she is?
(question)

He never does anything bad.
(negative sentences)

And there is no difference between someone and somebody. I heard there is a formal thing, but I am not sure.

I hope, I could help you.

So long,
boing
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Beitrag von Australienanna » 31.03.2005 - 22:47

boing, you're good! so I have to ask you (or anybody....(correct?)) another question:

when do I use what?

too
as well
also
either
neither
"And just because you just don't feel like comin' home, don't mean that you'll never arrive."
"Move on" - Jet
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