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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Aussies (The Xenophobe's Guide)

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'Aussies do say "G'day." At all levels of friendship, all levels of formality and all levels of family familiarity. The first word between two lovers in the morning is "G'day." The other main greeting would have to be "G'day mate." The reason why this brief greeting has such universal acceptance is simple: it's the flies. The longer your mouth is open the more flies that c ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Oval Books (first published October 1st 1995)
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These books are entertaining little reads. This one was quite fun. It really felt as though an Aussie was writing it, in quite a tongue in cheek style. Seems like their lives are dominated by flies - sounds wonderful!, not putting on airs and graces, and generally being a bit rough and ready. Having never been to Australia, it's hard to know whether he is just playing up to the stereotypes, or if it all really is like that. There's a bit about the off licence and Aussie
A quick read, great overview of the current Aussie culture and customs. Enough to give you a base of information without bogging you down in such detail that would just confuse or bore, just enough amusing and witty anecdotes that perfectly illustrate the point. Will definitely look for Xenophobe guides again for my next adventure.
A good summary of Aussies, and how to understand your interactions with us... (I really should get my wife and mother-in-law to read this)

"All Aussies possess the mental dexterity to write fluently in one language (basically English with a few Americanisms thrown in) and yet speak an entirely different language.... The Aussies are not subtle and neither is their language. They will say what they mean. The problem is that the words they use don't always mean what they say:
Not too bad = things ar
Awesome, just awesome! :-)
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