A lot of people find it difficult to understand Australians when they speak. However it’s not necessarily the accent. Australia has almost a full vocabulary of slang.

Here’s the secret: the majority of our slang words are shortened words or ‘diminutives’.

If you want to sound like a “true blue” (slang for “real”) Aussie, try to master these words below. They are really commonly used in the Australian vernacular and if you travel here, you’ll hear them. This Australia Day on January 26, celebrate with me and learn some of my slang!

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