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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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Christian Jespersen
May 05, 2016 Christian Jespersen rated it liked it
This is the second book from the Xenophobe's series I have read, and I was amused but not amazed.
The first one I read, was the the Danish version. Being a Dane that was a no brainer. And I guess it was because I could relate to the most of the things in the DK version that I enjoyed that book so much more.

I found the language easy and funny to read in the Aussie version, and it covered a lot of ground and gave a clever and entertained insight about "Oz".

The main reason I read it, was because I h
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Ape
2010 bookcrossing review:

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
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Andrew
Mar 04, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
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
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Lisa
Jul 24, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-travel
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.
Cleide
Sep 01, 2016 Cleide rated it did not like it
It was a fun reading, although it is not my type of book.
Elke
Nov 30, 2014 Elke rated it it was amazing
Awesome, just awesome! :-)
Jose
Oct 25, 2015 Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and so true
Samantha Lin
Jan 03, 2016 Samantha Lin rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the similarly titled guide to the British that I read last year, but unfortunately, wasn’t such a fan of this Aussie version. There were some funny moments and some other moments that rang true, but for the most part, I felt the “guide” didn’t do Aussies justice—that, or I just have a very different idea of what constituents Australians (very likely, since I’ve been an expat for several years). Still, apart from the few laughs it offers, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone witho ...more
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