Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I've gotta say, I'm lovin some of the terms these Kiwi's use for things. Give me a couple more months and I may just take some of these phrases home with me!

Chilly Bin = A cooler. Like a cooler full of beer, except, its a chilly bin full of beer.
Mate = Friend.
Heaps = A lot.
Wee = A little.
Spot On = Well, I think this can be used for many things. For instance, it could be used to say something is either correct, or really great. Aww, that's spot on!
Jandals = Flip flops.
Good on ya = Expression of approval, friendly approval of somebody's actions.
Sweet as = Great.
Gutted = Used like, "I was gutted." Meaning, I was sad.
Flick = Used like, "Ay, just flick me a text." or "Flick me an email later."
Hire = Rent. "Hire a car for the weekend."
Zed = common pronounciation for the letter Z. So anytime you hear a web address ending in .nz, people say, "yadda, yadda, yadda dot en zed." Really messed me up for a while.

A handful of foods are also called something different.
Courgette = Zucchini
Capsicum = Bell Pepper
Rocket = Arugula

In any case, there are heaps more terms I could report, but I only have a wee bit of time at the moment. Off to start my new job at Country Road today!


kristi said...

Love all of these. I think it's key for you to bring home with you a little of what you learn in en zed. Can't decide which one I like best... chilly bin, heaps or wee... Miss you.

Wendy said...

Love it! Glad you are both having such a great time!