If you’ve ever studied abroad in Australia, you’re part of an exclusive club, and as a part of that club, there are certain things that only you can understand, like for example, not greeting the locals by saying, “G’day, mate!” Check out these 10 things only people who have studied abroad in Australia will understand:
1. Vegemite is a national treasure
Buttered toast with vegemite = breakfast of champions!
2. Abbreviations are everywhere
Yes, it’s still English… but just barely! Once you’ve mastered Australian slang, you’re practically Australian.
3. They’re not shrimp; they’re prawns
The easiest way to stick out is to ask someone to “throw another shrimp on the barbie”. No, Crocodile Dundee, Australians call them prawns. (We know… mind blown!)
4. You absolutely paid way too much money to do this:
If you don’t get to cuddle a koala while you’re studying abroad in Australia, what’s the point?
5. Santa wears board shorts
In Australia, December is a summer month, so say goodbye to Christmas jumpers and hello to bikinis and board shorts!
6. Australia has turned you into an addict… a coffee addict
The land that invented the flat white is serious about their coffee, and no, Starbucks doesn’t count. There’s a reason why Aussie cafés are legendary.
7. Australian burgers are… different
Don’t be surprised when you order a burger in Australia and it comes with a slice of beet on it… and don’t you dare ask them to hold the beet!
8. Thongs aren’t sexy underwear
That’s actually how Australians say flip-flops, which is the preferred form of footwear nationwide.
9. Australians are a thirsty people
This is normal behaviour, as is drinking straight from the “goon bag” (the silver bag inside boxed wine).
10. Beaches are ruined for you forever
Because seriously… nothing compares to Australia’s beaches. You’ll always remember your first surfing lesson in Australia.