Pete: Jimmy! What’s up, mate! Thanks for coming over for the barbie today.
- What’s up – an informal greeting – How are you going?
- A barbie – (Aussie slang) a barbecue
James: No worries, Pete. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I grabbed a 6-pack of beers and some kangaroo snags. They’re here in the esky here.
- To not miss something for the world – used to say that one/someone will definitely attend an event.
- Grab something – (informal) buy or get something.
- An esky – a drink or food cooler.
Pete: Oh, you didn’t have to do that, mate, but cheers. Come in and let’s get cracking. How’s your missus going anyway?
- To get cracking – (informal) get started; begin.
- A missus – (Aussie slang) the girlfriend, partner, or wife of someone.
James: Yeah, she’s good. She’s sorry she couldn’t make it today, though. She’s been crook with the flu since last week.
- To not make it – to succeed in doing something, for example in reaching a place, going somewhere, attending an event, or arriving in time for something.
- Crook – (Aussie slang) sick; unwell; ill.
Pete: No stress. Give her my best when you see her. Shall we crack open a beer? And are you hungry? How soon (do) you want to eat?
- No stress – (Informal) Don’t worry about it.
- Give someone my best – Please convey my good wishes to a particular person.
- Crack something open – to open something.
James: Hell yeah. Here you go. Cheers. I’m starving, so let’s get into it.
- Hell yeah! – Used when you are extremely excited/happy for some reason or another.
- Get into something – begin something.
- Cheers – expressing good wishes before drinking.
Pete: Good on ya. Cheers.
- Good on ya! – (Aussie slang) well done.
James: I think you’ll like this beer. It’s a locally brewed pale ale. Hoppy and strong.
- Locally brewed – make (beer) by soaking, boiling, and fermentation in a nearby (local) location.
- A pale ale – a type of light-coloured beer similar to bitter.
- Hoppy – having the taste or aroma of hops —used especially of ale or beer.
Pete: I love a good pale ale. What shall we chuck on the barbie first? You want snags, steak, chicken skewers or all of the above?
- Chuck something (on something) – (informal) put something (on something).
- All of the above – everything just listed or suggested.
James: All of the above sounds good.
- To sound good – used for telling someone that their idea or suggestion seems like a good one.
Pete: Okay, sweet. Can you fire up the barbie out on the deck while I’ll grab them out of the fridge? Be out in a sec.
- Sweet – (informal) used in expressions of assent or approval.
- To fire something up – to start a machine or piece of equipment.
- A deck – a timber platform or terrace attached to a house or other building.
- In a sec – (informal) – lit. “in a second”, meaning, briefly; soon; shortly.
James: Sure. I’m on it.
- To be on something – A phrase used by an individual in a group suddenly determined to resolve a task or meaningless puzzle.
James: Far out, mate. Enough flies out here for you? What’ve you been feeding them? One the size of a jumbo jet just flew past.
- Far out! – (informal) used to express shock, surprise, or being impressed.
- Enough something for you? – used ironically when noticing the extreme nature of something.
- e.g. “Is it hot enough for you?” – when it’s a hot day.
- A jumbo jet – a very large airliner (originally and specifically a Boeing 747).
Pete: I reckon. It’s summer, mate, what can you do?
- I reckon – (Aussie slang) used when agreeing with a statement or observation someone has made.
- What can you do? – said when someone complains about something and you don’t think anything can be done to change the situation.
James: I can leave you out here to it while I go inside to fetch another beer! That’s what I can do!
- To fetch something – to retrieve or get something.
Pete: Oh, come on, mate. Don’t leave me out here alone drinking with the flies?
- Come on! – (Aussie slang) used to show frustration or annoyance at something.
- To drink with the flies – (Aussie slang) to drink alcohol alone.
James: Hehe tata!
- Tata! – (Aussie slang) bye; see ya!
Pete: Jeez! You know who your friends are, don’t you!
- Jeez! – used to show frustration or annoyance at something.