KIWI SLANG!

 

 

Bach 

A holiday home, pronounced BATCH

Bro 

Brother or good friend

Chips 

Crisps

Chocka 

Full or overflowing 

 

Chur 

Thank You - "Chur Bro"

Cuppa

Refers to a cup of tea or coffee - we do tend to speak quickly & merge our words, so "cup of tea" became "cuppa tea".

Cuzzie or Cuz 

Cousin. Also used instead of "Bro"

Dairy

Corner/Convenience Store

Dear 

Expensive - "that shop is dear"

Duvet 

 Doona / Comforter

Feijoa 

A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet

Flannel 

Face Cloth

Flat Out

"Oh man, he was just roaring down the motorway going flat out!". AKA "Oh man, he was going very fast down the highway"

Gumboots 

Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots

Haka 

Not slang, but it's something we talk about! Maori war dance, more "famously" known through The All Blacks rugby team

Hangi 

Not slang, but you will hear about it while here! The traditional style of Maori cooking

Hard Case 

Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"

Hard Out

"Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!"

Heaps

A lot/Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand

Hot Chips 

French Fries

Jandals 

Flip Flops / Thongs

Jersey or Jumper

Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater

Kiwi 

New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand

Knackered 

Tired/Exhausted

Mate

Friend - "Thanks Mate"

Motorway 

Highway

Munted

Broken / Not Working / Damaged

No Worries 

It's OK / Not a Problem

Not Even

Not true

 

Pakaru (puk-ar-roo)

Not working / Broken

Pavlova 

Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh fruit.

 

Serviette 

Napkin

She'll be Right 

It will be OK / It's not a Problem

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Stubbie 

Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players

 

Sweet As 

Cool or Awesome, also can be used as "it's ok" or "not a problem"

Ta 

Thank You

Takeaways

Fast food

Togs

Swimsuit

Tomato Sauce  

Ketchup 

Tramping

Hiking

Waka 

Maori Canoe 

 

Wop-Wops 

Middle of nowhere

HERE ARE RHONDA'S 10 COMMON FUNNY NEW ZEALAND LANGUAGE BLUNDERS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!

  1. If you are told to bring a plate, be sure it has food on it to share 
  2. If you are angry, remember to say you are "pissed off" not just pissed as in drunk. 
  3. If it's pissing down with rain - bring an umbrella. 
  4. Not the shops looking for the woollies store as I did. Putting your woollies on, it refers to any warm layers.  
  5. If your mate tells you about someone pushing up the daisies, look sad; this is someone who is dead and buried. 
  6. Don't worry about what to do with a box of fluffy ducks. it is just a happy expression and completely bird-free.
  7. That guy walking down the street wearing tiny shorts that are too tight - that's a NZ fashion called stubbies.
  8. A sparrow fart is just an early morning sunrise.
  9. If you hear someone say it's hosing down - they really mean raining very heavily. 
  10. If you were invited to 'grid iron' and it is not very likey in NZ, you would be going to American Football!