Things to remember…
If you’re at someone’s house and you need to use the facilities,
“May I use your bathroom?”
“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.
If you’re inviting someone over for the last meal of the day,
“Would you like to come for supper?”
“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.
If someone says they’re “flat out,”
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!
If someone says “heaps,”
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.
If you hear…
radio personalities make fun of America with a daily feature
…appreciate their perspective on Texas.
If you see…
a weekly TV feature that pokes fun of American politics
…just laugh. And anyway, these guys have great accents!
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.