Talking Australian English…

For today’s daily prompt it says write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.

Australian English isn’t simple at the best of times.  Australian English changes depending on where you are.  The ABC has been nice enough to create a website to help with Australian English.

So here’s a paragraph with a few Australianisms from the various country towns I have lived in…

I woke up in the donga and had a bogey.  I rode my pushie down the road, across the grid and through the scrub to the river.  I got there and saw that old mate was already there swimming and when he got up I pissed myself cos his dick togs got stuck up his mana. He noticed me and it was such a shame job.  I headed home and saw the biggest mob of kangaroo and a coupla porcupine.  On the way home I went to the shop and got some little boys, snot blocks and poppers for mangarri at recess.  I paid the kartiya my money and headed home.  I got there and the little tackers gave me so much humbug.  They thought I was gammon about seeing old mate in his dick togs, but it was true ey.

Have fun trying to work that out

Seeing as I’ve been asked for a translation to the above paragraph here it is…

I woke up in my house and had a shower.  I rode my bike down the road and across the cattle grid in the road, through the trees and bush to the river.  I got there and saw a man was already there swimming and when he got up I couldn’t stop laughing as he Speedos were stuck up his bottom.  He noticed me and I was so embarrassed.  I headed home and saw a lot of kangaroos and a couple of echidnas.  On the way home I went to the shop and got some cocktail frankfurters, vanilla slices and fruit juice boxes to eat at school for recess/morning tea.  I paid the person my money and headed home.  I got there and the children all hassled me.  They thought I was lying about seeing the man in his Speedos, but it was true.

Some definitions…

A donga is a transportable house, they are generally rather small compared to a lot of other houses and often stay in one place for a long time.  I live in a donga, it’s been in the same place for about 15 years now.

Mana, mangarri and kartiya are all words from Aboriginal English and used in a number of the places that I have lived.  Kartiya is the word for while person, mana for bottom/backside and mangarri for food.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. misselletea
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 21:08:40

    ha ha ha ha. I;m stuck! 🙂

    Reply

  2. The Asian
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 22:55:29

    Is that even English? 😉

    Reply

  3. helen meikle's scribblefest
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 07:07:37

    To think I”ve lived here all my life and not known about snot blocks! Eaten a few, though…

    Reply

  4. trina59
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 16:47:22

    Coud you please post a translation? It sounded like an interesting little story, but I was not able to figure it out. I like it!!

    Reply

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