Category Archives: Language

Words worth stealing

There are some Canadian words that I plan to wrap up in tissue paper and place in my pocket for the long trip back to Australia. I’ll sneak them past customs and release them into the Aussie wilderness. They will … Continue reading

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The ‘T’ Word

On my son’s first day at school he put up his hand and asked if he could go to the toilet. Aussies reading this can’t yet see the issue… Little Canucks, however, caught on straight away and responded as only … Continue reading

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Let’s talk loonies and toonies…

“Can I have a loonie or a toonie? What about a few quarters? I just want to buy some gum!” pleaded my kids. They’ve got the Canadian money lingo down pat. They know their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies and … Continue reading

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Pencils, tuques, lollies, duo-tangs and more…

Pencils or pencil crayons? On the first day of school my children came home with a list of school supplies to be purchased. No big deal! Surely we use the same language with stationery. A pen is a pen, a … Continue reading

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Morning tea?

I casually asked a friend to come over for morning tea as we had a few things we needed to chat about. She looked at me and smiled, “Do I have to wear a hat and a frock? And will the … Continue reading

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How to speak Aussie

My son has a friend who has been trying to perfect an Aussie accent for the last year. Every time he comes to our place he fires off his latest attempt at saying g’day. I must admit, a few times … Continue reading

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