Understanding Your Aussie Date: Language Differences

Like many other nations, Australians tend to take a fairly colourful and creative approach to language. While you likely won't find yourself struggling too much with language differences when you’re dating an Aussie, there are some notable terms that may have you scratching your head.

  • Bickie: If your date asks whether they can have a bickie with their cup of tea (which will more likely be a cup of coffee), then they're after a biscuit. And no doubt something chocolate-coated and easily distinguishable from a cake! Note that “chockie” is similarly derived from chocolate in Aussie speak!
  • Bottle shop: If your date wants to pop by the bottle shop it's not because they have a love of ornamental bottles filled with miniature model ships. Rather it's that they're after beer, wine, or spirits.
  • Good on ya! More common among regional Aussies or older Aussies, this translates to “well done”. However, bear in mind that at times, it is used ironically, so if you hear this it could also be because you've just made a fool of yourself or because you’ve tripped over or bumped your head.
  • How ya going? Try not to hear this one as “by which method of transport are you going?”, as it's the Aussie way of asking how you are. Given that it's purely used as a substitute for “hello”, avoid answering this one in any great depth!
  • Tea: To an Australian, “tea” doesn't necessarily refer to a cup of the staff. Rather it's often used to mean an evening meal, although some Aussies will use “dinner” rather than “tea”.

Of course, there are many more terms peculiar to Australians, but that can be part of the fun when you’re dating an Aussie.

Other Blog Posts

Going on a first date can be a scary experience, particularly if you've been off the dating scene for a while. It’s all in the mind really, so here are some thoughts to help you overcome those butterflies:

Read more...

If you find it difficult to talk to strangers, or struggle to think of a snappy answer on-the-spot, then online dating is a great choice for you. Online dating offers an excellent opportunity for quieter, more introverted types to get to know people they might otherwise not have the chance to get to know.

Read more...

When you’re travelling overseas you’re bombarded with new experiences: different landscapes, climates, foods, lifestyles, accents, working customs, banking systems, television programs, and more. While one of the main reasons for your travel may be to immerse yourself another culture, it can be comforting to spend some time with people from home who are culturally familiar to you in the midst of an unfamiliar environment. If you’re single, dating someone from home can make you feel more secure and comfortable as you explore your new environment.

Read more...

Despite being native English speakers, Antipodeans can sometimes seem as though they're speaking an entirely different language. If you're about to head out on a date with a Kiwi, you might want to expand your knowledge of the Queen's English to include the following:

Read more...

If you're about to head out on a date with an Aussie you've met on Antipodate, then you'll be wracking your brain for things to talk about. Here are some subjects about which almost every Aussie will have an opinion:

Read more...

Choosing the right couple to join you on a double date could be the difference between having a relaxed fun-filled date or an awkward evening. If you want your double date to be fun put some thought into it before you choose a couple you know. Here are some things to keep in mind...

Read more...

If you're heading out on a date with an expat Aussie, chances are that they might be missing their sunny homeland. Rather than the standard venues, why not take them somewhere that will give them that taste of home? Here are a few suggestions:

Read more...

If you're off on your first date with an expat, you might be wracking your brains for somewhere unique and fascinating to take them. If your expat has newly arrived, they may well enjoy seeing some of the more popular tourist sites London has to offer. And better yet, you'll have an opportunity to show off your own local knowledge! Why not try:

Read more...

If you’re new to the UK and you’ve just started dating here, why not get to know your date and the UK at the same time by choosing a cultural venue for your date? If you’ve already visited the major museums and art galleries, don’t worry, there are plenty of smaller galleries and museums around the country where you can enjoy a dose of culture while you date. Here are some museums and galleries you may have missed...

Read more...

If you're about to head off on your first date with someone you've meet on Antipodate, chances are that you already know a little bit about them. If you can, use this information to help steer the conversation, as doing so will show that you're interested in your date and want to take the time to get to know them better.

Read more...

Expats from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia often come to the UK full of plans to explore the country, but often these plans are shelved because there’s so much to see and do close to where we live and work. Here’s a reminder that there are hundreds of interesting towns that can be visited on a day trip. And if you’re getting to know someone you’ve met internet dating or at a speed dating evening, this is a chance to combine romance and sightseeing. Let’s look at a couple of towns that aren’t too far from London.

Read more...

If you're new to online dating you might be a little unsure about the whole process. Perhaps you’ve heard a second hand horror story from a friend, or read about a disastrous online introduction in a newspaper. Perhaps you’re concerned about the stigma of online dating. There's no need to be overly concerned about any of these.

Read more...


Sending Data...
home