Learn How to Speak Kiwi – Talk Like a New Zealander

Oct 18, 2018
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On your next visit to New Zealand (pronounced New Zulland), we want to ensure you are well prepared and have the tools to understand the local ‘Kiwi’ language…

 

So here's a crash course of how to speak Kiwi – including local slang words and their meanings:

 

Common Words

 


  • All Good - Short for “all is good”. Generally means “fine” or “okay”. “Hey bro, how are you?” “All good”


  • Bach - A holiday home, (pronounced Batch). In the South Island, they say “Crib”.


  • Bro - (Short for brother), a term used when talking about a mate (male friend)


  • Bloke - Used when talking about a man. “Do you see that bloke over there?”


  • Buggar - A word used for disappointment - e.g. when you tell someone you had a bad day, they reply - "buggar!"


  • Chocka - Full or overflowing "the bus is chocka today!"


  • Choice - Isn't that great


  • Chur – Thanks


  • Cuzzie/Cuz - Short for “cousin”. Can also be used instead of “Bro” but refers to anyone. “Here comes Katie. Hey cuz!”


  • Dairy - A small grocery or convenience store.


  • Duvet - Comforter, or Doona – Used for on top of bed linen.


  • Heaps - This means a lot – “I had heaps of fun on holiday”. This word is used heaps in New Zulland, so get used to it.


  • Six - (pronounced Sex) is the number 6 - not something to do as recreation


  • Sweet As - Can be used instead of Yes. "Hey Steve, can I stay at your house?" "sweet as"


  • Yeah, Nah - I acknowledge you but no. “Bro, wanna go up to my bach this weekend?” “Yeah, nah”

 

 

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