Free Friday: American VS Australian Vocabulary Differences

So you’ve been hitting the books hard [studying a lot] and now you’re ready to take all this English to a native speaking country. The problem is….where are you going? Even though the US, Australia, UK, etc speak English, they all have their own, unique vocabulary for some items.

Even when speaking the language, confusion can happen when we come across a word we aren’t familiar with, even when we thought we knew it! I, an English teacher, experienced this confusion when living in Australia and I asked for a lemonade and got a Sprite (lemon-lime soda). What I should have asked for was a lemon squash.

Lucky for you…you have me, and a gazillion [a very large amount] other web resources out there to help you. For today’s Free Friday lesson, I’ll provide you with a list of some unique words and their OZ translations, a YouTube video with even more words, and some links to find some other information.

American VS Australian English

A lot of these words + more can be found in this YouTube video made by the Browns:
Aussie American Words


Still itchin’ for more [want more] Australian? Then check out these links on Pinterest, which also includes some British differences too!


See even more translations here…


Do you have any more differences you’d like to share? Any experiences of not knowing these differences abroad? Share with us in the comments, and of course: Sharing is Caring ♥ ♥  share this post with a friend….


  1. Coco on November 22, 2020 at 4:00 am

    hello i was doing a challenge with my American friend and she did not understand half of the things i said it was so funny this is really helpful thanks

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  3. An Adventure A Day on September 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I was reading an Australian book a while back and there were times I had no idea what they were talking about! 🙂

    • Jennifer on September 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Great! Which book were you reading?

      • An Adventure A Day on September 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        I read the Tomorrow series by John Marsden, it was a pretty quick read. I had watched the movie “Tomorrow, When The War Began”, and was interested to read the books.

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