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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Australia

If you already have a firm grasp of Shakespeare's language, you'll have no difficulty in communicating during your trip to Australia. Admittedly, you may be a little surprised at first bythe Australian accent and pronunciation, but you'll get used to it very quickly.

English, the official language

Throughout the entire country, English is the official language spoken everywhere and by everyone. The Australian accent is rather special. Some syllables are stuck together and sometimes you might feel as though you haven't understood half of the words and sentences. A little adjustment time is necessary in order to understand everything well.

For example, the "i" sound is pronounced more like "oï" than "aï" and the "a" sound is often more drawn out than it should be, pronounced as "aaaa...". The letters "d", "g" and "t" are not pronounced at the end of words. For example, "liking" becomes "likin" or "first" is pronounced as "firs". Similarly, "you" is pronounced as "ya". But it's even more disconcerting when words are bundled together. It can be hard to figure out that "gimme" means "give me", that "dunno" actually means "I don't know" or that "emma chisit" means "how much is it".

Basic expressions / Common Words

UsaAnglais
Good morning / Good eveningGood morning / Good evening
How are you?How are you?
Fine, thank you, and you?Fine, thank you, and you ?
I understand / I don't understandI understand / I don't understand
SorrySorry
GoodbyeGoodbye
WelcomeWelcome
Thank you (very much)Thank you (very much)
Excuse meExcuse me / Please
My name is...My name is
No thank youNo thanks
Yes / NoYes / No
You're welcomeIt's nothing / You're welcome

Commerce

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How much is it?How much is it ?
It is very cheapIt's very cheap
It is too expensive!It's too expensive !
Can you lower the price?Could you lower the price ?
I would like to buy ... this one!I would like to buy ... this, that one !
I like it / I don't like itI love/I hate
MoneyMoney
I'm just looking around.I'm just looking

Transportation

UsaAnglais
I would like to go to ...I would like to go...
PlanePlane
BoatBoat
TrainTrain
TaxiTaxi
BusBus
I would like to rent ...I would like to rent...
MotorbikeMotorcycle
CarCar
BikeBike

Directions

UsaAnglais
Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Where is ... ?/How do I get to ... ?
BankBank
Train stationTrain station
CentreDonwtown
HotelHotel
HospitalHospital
Is it close / far?Is it close/far away ?
Straight aheadStraight ahead
Left / RightLeft/Right
North / South / East / WestNorth/South/East/West

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

UsaAnglais
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenOne, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtytwenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty
seventy, eighty, ninetyseventy, eighty, ninety
One hundredone hundred

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

UsaAnglais
What time is it?What time is it ?
When?When ?
YesterdayYesterday
Today (morning/midday/evening)Today (morning/noon/evening)
TomorrowTomorrow
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
I am here on vacationI'm here on vacation/I'm traveling
I am here for businessI'm here for work/for business

Time to eat!

UsaAnglais
I am hungry / I am thirstyI'm hungry/I'm thirsty
EnjoyEnjoy (your meal)
Cheers!Cheers !
It was deliciousIt was delicious !
What can you recommend?What do you recommend ?
I am vegeterianI'm a vegetarian
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Not spicy ! (I don't like spicy food)
It's too hotIt's too hot !
I am allergicI'm allergic
Sea foodSeafood
PeanutsPeanut
GlutenGluten
I would like...I would like...
WaterWater
Tee / CoffeeTea / Coffee
Beer / WineBeer / Wine
The bill, pleaseI would like the bill please

Health / Emergency / Security

UsaAnglais
I need to see a doctor.I need to see a doctor.
Call an ambulance / Call 911Call a doctor/an ambulance
Where is the hospital?Where is the hospital ?
I do not feel very goodI don't feel well
It hurts hereI have a pain here
Where can I find the restrooms?Where is the bathroom ?
Help!Help !
PolicePolice
DangerDanger
I'm lostI'm lost

Other

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Have a nice day !Have a good day !
David Debrincat
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Updated 26 October 2018

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