Chur Bro and jandals eh: New Zealand lingo you need to know

To Australians, Kiwis speak funny.

It’s not just the delightful mashing of vowel sounds that causes a snigger when New Zealanders say the number six. Try having six people on the deck of your Airbnb.

Nor is it just the Maori pronunciation of destinations such as Whakapapa and Whakatauki. Yes, the Wh really is pronounced F.

What will trip Austrlaians up, however, is the abundance of Kiwi slang.

For a nation so close, Kiwis have developed a language that bears no resemblance to anything heard in Australia.

If you’re going to embrace the Australia New Zealand travel bubble, you might need to know a few of these terms below.

But first, if you’re not Australian or Kiwi, have a laugh at all our accents below:

Kiwi slang you need to know

Jandals
A summer essential and the Kiwi version of thongs (flip flops if you’re American or English)

Togs
Your swimming costume or bathers. When you’re going to the beach in New Zealand, don’t forget your togs and jandals!

Chur
You’ll hear this one a lot in New Zealand and often followed by the word “Bro”. It can mean thank you, cool, good, cheers.

Chilly bin
What you used to keep your drinks cold. The Kiwi version of an esky or cooler.

Kiwi slang
A chilly bin needs some ice.

Cuzzy Bro
This is what you call your best friend. The Aussie version of ‘mate’. “He’s my cuzzy bro!”

Sweet as
Kiwis use this when everything’s good; when everything’s okay. It’s a bit like chur, can be used like “no worries” or “nice one”.

Saussie
In Australia, we call them snags. In New Zealand, they are saussies. These are a necessity at a NZ summer backyard barbeque.

Kiwi slang saussies
Don’t burn the saussies.

Eh?
More a sound than a word. Similar to “aye”, it means “do you agree with what I’m trying to say?” or “don’t you reckon?”

Aw, stink!
Just like “Aww damn!”, a phrase used by a disappointed Kiwi. If you’re saying this, you didn’t want to hear what you’ve just been told.

Ending anything in ‘as’
New Zealanders pin “as” to the end of basically anything. As seen above, “sweet as!”, and it means “very sweet!”. It’s said to excel the adjective being used.


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