7 Notes to Self While Living in Australia

Things to remember…

Driving to Wandin...only a tiny glimpse of this incredibly beautiful part of the world.

Driving to Wandin…only a tiny glimpse of this incredibly beautiful part of the world.

1.
If you’re at someone’s house and you need to use the facilities,
DO NOT
May I use your bathroom?”
DO
May I use your toilet?”
Many Australians have the actual toilet separated from the rest of the bathroom. It’s a whole other little room, and although they understand me so far whenever I say “bathroom,” I”m just trying to get used to saying “toilet.” I always feel rude when I say “toilet,” haha.

2.
If you’re inviting someone over for the last meal of the day,
DO NOT
Would you like to come for supper?”
DO
Would you like to come for dinner/tea?
Yes, I know plenty of you Americans have already been harassing me the past few years for saying “supper.” That’s what we do in my awesome family. But I know some you must be like me and refer to dinner as supper. Here, “supper” IS frequently used — to invite someone over for coffee & dessert after the last meal of the day.

3.
If someone says they’re “flat out,”
THEY ARE
busy busy as a bee.
I assumed this meant “tired.” After a whole conversation with the other person saying “flat out” and me interpreting it as “tired,” discovering the truth changed the whole discussion!

4.
If someone says “heaps,”
THEY’VE GOT
a ton / a lot / a bunch / many.
If you hear this from a little Australian kid, you may fall over from the cuteness of it. The Bongers’s 7-year-old daughter was bemoaning the “heaps” of peas she’d had to eat. I nearly died. If a cute guy says this, I could  fall into a coma.

5.
If you hear…
radio personalities make fun of America with a daily feature
appreciate their perspective on Texas.

6.
If you see…
a weekly TV feature that pokes fun of American politics
just laugh. And anyway, these guys have great accents!

7.
The best road sign in the world exists in Australia.
I saw this sign on my way home from Wandin & giggled for three minutes afterward.

credit: traveloops.com

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “7 Notes to Self While Living in Australia

  1. I always felt rude saying “toilet” in London, too! One time we met at the National Gallery for our art class, and the professor asked where someone was, and I said, “She’s in the…toilet.” He remarked that he caught my pause for translation. So strange to think about having to translate in a country that speaks your first language!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s