Speaking Aussie-Style: The Australian Accent and Slang

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Two years down the track and this little Filipina is yet to get accustomed to Australian culture and customs and yes! That Aussie slang!

The first year of living the Australian way was not only the fine tuning of myself to the places and things that is Australian but more so of understanding deeper its core values and that popular “mateship.” These are massive challenges that I faced in my first few months of settlement especially when I entered the Australian work force.

Truth be told, I struggled immensely in comprehending Australian accent. Decoding Aussie slang is an entirely different story. I felt I was the dumbest little Filipina that could not easily grasp what’s being said.

Photo not mine
Photo not mine

Let me begin with how my real name is pronounced the Aussie way. Most of my friends know that I adopted “Lainy” as my pen name at the blog and most blogpals call me that. Please note that “Lainy” was a sort of an endearment given to me by my ex-boyfriend who is now my husband. But I remain to be “Ellaine” to some friends and family offline. It is commonly pronounced as eeh-LANE. I still am not used to being called “eeh-layn” as it is spoken Aussie-style. I have noticed that older Aussies are more inclined to pronouncing it that way.

You might think I should find it a lot easier to understand and decode both accent and slangs respectively because I am married to a true blue Aussie. But that is not the case. He speaks to me with less Aussie slangs and more on Filipino words. Haha! Talk about interracial marriage! 😉

When I began working and dealing with various people from all walks of life, I got wider exposure to the Aussie accent and slangs and it made things even more difficult. I had trouble coping but I openly accepted the challenge. I guess getting accustomed to it everyday and taking in these new learnings with open mind is part of an immigrant’s journey.

One day, I was doing my regular tasks at work and informed one of our Directors that I just accomplished the major task that was expected of me. I felt lost and confused when he responded: Ta! (Pronounced as tah) I stared at him blankly and didn’t know what to say! He must have thought I was unforgivingly stupid! LOL! I still had not realized what it meant but when I kept hearing it from random Aussies, I have finally figured it out that it must have been a slang for Thanks a lot or an expression of gratitude. Of course, I had that confirmed at some point.

If you speak to an Australian and you wanna speak like an Australian, you’ve got to learn these:

G’day Mate! (Pronounced as Gud-die, Mite!)- This is a universal language that ALL Australians will understand. It is used anytime of the day or night. This is actually just the friendly way of saying “Hello.”

How ya goin?– It is usually the response after seeing someone and simply enquiring how they are.

You reckon?– If you say something and you’re trying to ask them what they think. e.g., I think it’s going to rain. You reckon? It’s the casual way of saying “I think.”

See ya later, see you soon or catcha later!– See you another time; not literally “later” in the day.

Below are the list of widely used Aussie slangs which I have learned to decode over my short stint here:

Arvo– afternoon
Aussie– an Australian
Bubba or bub– Baby
Barbie or Barby– barbecue
Beannie– bonnet
Bloody– it is the great Australian adjective to describe intensity. i.e. bloody idiot!
Bloke– Australian man, guy
Bludger– lazy person
Boot– trunk of a car
Brekky or Brekkie– breakfast
Bugger– a term of frustration
Capsicum– red or green bell peppers
Cardie- cardigan
Check-out– cashier
Chemist– pharmacy
Chips– french fries
Chook– chicken
Cuppa– cup of tea or a hot beverage
Dear– expensive
Docket– official receipt
Doona– duvet or comforter
Dummy– infant’s pacifier
Esky– portable icebox or cooler
Fillet– means the same thing but Aussies pronounce it with a “t”
Footy– Australian football (Rugby League)
Fridge– refrigerator
Jumper– usually a woolen sweater
Kindie– kindergarten
Knickers– panty or female underwear
Layby– layaway
Lift– elevator
Lollies– candies or sweets
Loo– toilet
Lounge room– living room
Maccas (pronounced as Mackers)– McDonalds
Mate– friend or buddy
Mozzies– mosquitoes
Nappy– diaper
No worries– this is a common English expression but it is used quite A LOT here. It means no dramas, no problem, it’s ok
Oz– Australia
Petrol– gasoline or fuel
Powerpoint– power/ electrical outlet
Pram– stroller
Prawn– shrimp
Prezzy or pressie– present or a gift
Pub– short for “public house” or hotel; it also indicates a bar that is licensed to provide alcohol to the public
Rubbish– garbage. Also used to describe something ugly or ridiculous.
Sickie– calling in sick to work
Script– prescription
She’ll be right, Mate!– She will be OK
Shopping centre– shopping mall
Singlet– sleeveless cotton undershirt
Sook– someone who complains a lot
Sunnies– sunglasses
Tap– faucet
Tellie– television
Thongs– beach footwear e.g, slippers
Tomato Sauce– ketchup (Yes!)
Torch– flashlight
Tracksuit pants or trackies– jogging pants
Trolley– shopping cart
Truckie– truck driver
Uni– university
Ute (pronounced as “yut”) – abbreviation for “utility”; it is a utility vehicle with a cargo tray in the rear. I call it pick-up in the Philippines 😉
Whinge– the act of incessantly and annoyingly complaining. The person who does this is called a “whinger”
Woolies– Woolworths

It must be noted that Aussies pronounce the letter H as “haitch”. This is different from how we normally pronounce it in the American English alphabet, “aitch.”

In addition, Aussies pronounce the letter Z as “zed.” I am used to pronouncing it as “zee.”

Australia is an English speaking country but the Aussie slang has got a unique flavour to it. Right matey? The Aussie accent is always a thing to contend with. I personally don’t think I’d ever get to learn how to speak the Aussie accent (I won’t even dare try!) the way the true blue Aussies do it but understanding what’s being spoken about is the key to finding it exciting and fun- Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! 😉

Out of the Mouths of Babes and Comes Forth Wisdom

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This is a true story.

What happened while I was on vacation in Manila has had a profound effect on me. For out of the mouths of babes, come forth wisdom could not have had an arguable realism as it did.

Three months later and I was back at the same Shakey’s Pizza located along Makati Avenue. It was with a long shot hope that I would be able to meet a 6 year old street girl whom I had met three months earlier. I wished to meet her mother and to find out what arrangements I could muster to provide a better future for the 6 year old girl.

The 6- year old girl
Dessert time for her! She wanted ice cream so much!

That however, was not possible as neither her street guardian nor the girl was found during my entire vacation. Apparently, they had moved to some other part of the huge Metropolitan City.

However, while having a cup of brewed coffee, I sighted a street boy (photo above shows the lad), looking through the glass. He kept making hand signs to the table of diners closest to him. His hand signs unmistakably said that he was hungry and needed food.

I walked out of Shakey’s Pizza and led this boy to my table. I instructed the waiter to attend to his meal and drink order. After leading the boy to the faucet to wash his hands, his drink and meal was served.

During his meal he asked if his “brother” could share his meal. His “brother” was a much older lad who stood outside Shakey’s Pizza.

I stepped out again and invited his “brother” to come in but he insisted that he wanted his meal to be a take-away. I flatly refused his wish but told him that he could have his meal at my table.

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. (Hebrews 13:1-3)

As though touched by an ironical twist, this boy struck me with the words from Hebrews 13:1-3, because I inadvertently did invite an angel unawares to my table. And an angel indeed, as my short acquaintance with him was about to teach me.

As soon as he had his fill, he kept aside half of the chicken piece and other items on his plate. He asked for a plastic bag to pack it in. He wanted to share his meal with either his “brother” or his step-father.
He would not have it any other way even when I insisted that he ought to finish eating his meal.

This orphaned boy, whose mom died while giving birth to one of her babies and whose father died tragically soon after; this orphan boy who only knows the dusty sidewalks and blazing sun as his home and life-line; this orphan boy who showed a piteous lack of health care and never assured of tomorrow’s succor – he epitomized the haunting words from Matthew 25:35:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

As I left Shakey’s Pizza, I sighted him across Makati Avenue walking briskly with the small plastic bag of his unfinished meal in one hand – presumably heading towards where his “brother” or his step-father was in waiting.

I walked back to my Hotel humbled by the heart of this boy.

How many amongst us in dire straits have the magnanimity to remember, to care and to share?

This orphan boy does!!!

Thank you Pictures, Images and Photos

R O V I E!
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What Is Your Sex Appeal

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Arguable but for whatever it is worth, research has it that the average man turns his thoughts to sexual intercourse 13 times a day – a total of 4,745 times every year. Women think about sex just five times day – or 1,825 times a year.

Going by those numbers we can admit that men and women are very aware of their sexuality every day.

Therefore, one’s sex appeal can’t be easily thrown out of the window when there’s so much sex in the air.

I found out what is my sex appeal rating. It produced this alarming result even though I believe my score is higher than that! BWAAAAAHAHAHA

That picture is a premonition of what I will look when I am 80!

Now if you have been feeling jaded, it will do you a lot of good to check out your sex appeal.

Here is the link that reveals [YOUR SEX APPEAL]

Thank you Pictures, Images and Photos

B E T C H A I!
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The Orgasm Bliss Within You

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WARNING: This article contains some images and terms which may not be suitable for children. Parental guidance is recommended. 🙂

I am no expert to speak about this topic but based on what I see and mostly from what I’ve read, I am led to ask why is it that in this modern Age, there still is taboo and hush hush which surrounds the matter about SEX? More is taught about everything that’s outside of SEX than SEX itself. It leaves humans ignorant and many fumble on their couch or beds or behind the bushes (heaven knows where else) still wondering how to conduct themselves with the opposite gender.

Most do it by trial and error. There’s more errors though, going by the number of dissatisfied women, unwanted pregnancies and melancholic men.

Simply, if you don’t have knowledge, how can you ever give anything but ignorance and yes, include disasters too.

I have always imparted to others that SEX is healthy provided one has a healthy attitude towards it. It does not make me an expert on the subject matter though, LOL!

Let’s face it guys, you wouldn’t be here reading this Article, had it not been for the procreative act of your parents; which equals to them having had SEX and it got you here. LOL!

What is it with these people who go “tsk, tsk” and red in their faces when the matter about SEX is broached for discussion – let alone the sight of a naked human body? I am not talking about being licentious, so please don’t pass this Article off as being such.

It amazes me that most men go, “WHAT?” when they are asked if they know about a woman’s G-Spot. These men are re-incarnated walking sex dictionaries, gauging them by their aspersion of highly censurable expletives.

Back to school guys! This is what a woman’s G-Spot is all about.

And in the same vein, ask a woman if she knows about a man’s P-Spot. And yes, they are all over themselves, thinking that it means the PENIS! Wrong!

Back to school girls! This is what a man’s P-Spot is all about.

And now that you are enlightened, go forth, “increase and multiply” your Orgasms while showering your Love!

Empowering Lives through Education

This post is in strong support to Stacey Avenue’s 1st Anniversary Special:

A Blog Campaign for Free College Education.

Isang Araw Lang, Takbo Para sa Libreng Kolehiyo

I feel honored to be taking part in Stacey’s anniversary in pursuit to giving importance to education. I personally believe that involving oneself in this worthwhile endeavor is a big boost to the education sector.

This undertaking brought back so many fun-filled memories…

It was in 2001 of July when I was hired to work for a developmental organization. It is a school-based Non-Government Organization (NGO) funded by The Ford Foundation where its main office lies in New York. I felt proud to have been chosen amongst a handful of applicants. And yes, you can say, luck was on my side.

A Dream Community for the Lumads
I had no idea what the project was all about until I had my first job orientation. It’s a community-based project which aims at “effecting Change of Attitude Among Indigenous Peoples Towards Basic Education”. The project had wider mileage because we covered the entire South Central Mindanao (Region XII) through the partnership with two other colleges in Cotabato Province and Sultan Kudarat.

The project itself gave me the opportunity to serve more remote and mountainous areas where Lumads composed of Manobos, Bagobos, Tirurays, Aetas, T’bolis and B’laans inhabit. There were also sub-tribes of Muslims mostly found in the lowlands along the seashores and rivers.

A strong determination for development among the Indigenous Peoples is their only weapon to win the battle against poverty and to bring prosperity within reach for every family through the acquisition of EDUCATION. Training and education for them are both important in at least two ways.

First, these support economic growth over the long term; and second, these help break the transmission of poverty from one generation to another.

This IP project had to combat the widespread perception that the economically disadvantaged parents are not capable of providing the high quality of care, attention and learning experiences appropriate for their young children.

A Real Challenge
The socio-economic situation in the Philippines has remained a major concern particularly with the families living below the poverty threshold. Despite the effort of the government in implementing programs and projects that address the basic needs of these families, the decline in the poverty incidence is far from registering a significant downtrend. The indigenous peoples in particular who mostly inhabit the mountains and hinterlands are very much affected as they have been experiencing extreme poverty. Because of the economic and financial constraints, these people have been limited to the access of what other Filipinos enjoy like decent homes, clothing, nutritious foods and quality education most importantly.

The Early Childhood Development Program may not necessarily be the first priority by the indigenous communities because IP families have more pressing needs for their day-to-day survival and the community development program must take account on all of them.

The aforementioned facts have been the formidable and yet arduous tasks for the project implementors. As implementors, we firmly believed that effecting change in the attitude of these parents towards the development of their children specifically in basic education is very much attainable. Parenting Education and Training of Day Care Workers were only the two important components of the project. This is on the premise that these marginalized people are capable of developing and improving their lives given the opportunity and taught the technical know-how to achieve them.

IP Families in Focus
The exposure of the team to the tribal communities particularly with parents and children has enabled me to determine the felt needs of the inhabitants being developed. In the conduct of Parenting Sessions, I particularly witnessed and understood the IP’s ways of life. Extreme poverty is still their major problem. Poor roads, bad transportation, lack of school buildings, books and school materials, further compounded the problem. What emerges is an entire generation of rural IPs who are barely literate.

In general, the proximity of the IPs’ houses from the village center where schools are mostly located, deprive many children from attending school. They come from poverty-stricken, large- extended families and parents could hardly afford them even just the basic education for their children. Poor health, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and psycho-social conditions of these children aggravate their lack of opportunities to education. Many children work in the farm with their parents and they are left with no choices as this is their only way to survival.

Interventions and Significant Changes
The project implementors gradually succeeded in empowering the communities through the continuous conduct of parenting education. It is the process of eradicating the “culture of silence” among the indigenous peoples; it is developing critical minds and so these people will not be easily relegated to the sidelines.

The parents have exhibited some manifestations of self-improvement in attitude on children-related issues specifically child care development and self-reliance. The team had worked diligently in ensuring that these critical services for the families are integrated into the Parenting Sessions which undoubtedly are inching towards effecting a change of attitude in the IP communities.

The implementation of the project during those years when I worked for and with the IPs has not only provided impetus in changing the lives of the poor families and disadvantaged individuals in the depressed communities. The intensified conduct of Parenting Sessions denote the effort to actualize the steering role of concerned groups.

It is therefore essential that early childhood development programs are considered as education projects that center on children and are mediated by the participation of the families, the community, society and the government. It is only through this kind of alliance that the millions of children living precarious lives can have a real opportunity to develop.