Greetings from down under!!!
My name is Allison and I am currently located in Wollongong, Australia, which is about an hour south of Sydney!
Wollongong is a smaller city than Sydney. Instead of living off campus in an apartment with other Americans, I am living in a dorm with other Australians. Living with Australians is so much fun and also extremely helpful when getting used to the area as well as the crazy lingo that they have here. Coming here, I was very happy knowing that I was going somewhere that they spoke English, but little did I know that I would be completely clueless when being spoken to because of all the slang and different words that they use.
First of all, everything that the say is shortened – “maccas” is McDonald’s, “brekkie” is breakfast, “mozzies” are mosquitoes, and “cigi” is cigarette, just to name a few. When we go out to dinner it gets pretty bad. I have to ask for capsicum if I want peppers, musli when I want granola, tomato sauce when I want ketchup, and goon when I want wine.
If I’m somewhere sketchy they call it “dodgy,” my friends here are my “mates,” we go to “pubs” and not bars and they say “how are you going” instead of how are you doing.
When I’m getting ready to go to the beach I now put on my thongs and swimmers rather than my flip flops and bathing suit and I now have “heaps” of fun instead of “a lot” of fun. I never would’ve thought that I would be dropping out of my writing class because I was afraid of the language barrier!
Besides that, the experience has been amazing so far and I can’t wait for what Australia has to offer. Stay tuned for next week after my adventure into Sydney for the gay and lesbian Mardi Gras!! Until then, cheers mates!