In New Zealand, people speak English. Well, mainly... Like every country, it's developed a few words that aren't used anywhere else. A bit of Maori (native New Zealanders), a bit of Australian expressions, and a big influence from the UK gives New Zealand a very rich vocabulary.
Nothing to be afraid of; we just thought you should know that "togs" is a swimsuit and that "sweet as" means cool. To immerse even faster in this English environment or just refresh your vocabulary, we are offering affordable English lessons through our language school.
ANZACAustralia New Zealand Army Corps during WWI. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance of them.
Aotearoamost widely known and accepted Maori name for New Zealand, translated as "Land of the Long White Cloud"
Aroha for love
Blow me downan expression of surprise
Britperson from Britain
Bushsmall forest, native trees
B.Y.O.certain license given to restaurants which allow customers to bring their own alcoholic beverage
Chipscrips or deep fried potato slices, thicker than French fry
ChurThank you, cheers
Come again?please repeat what you said more clearly
Crayfishedible saltwater spiny lobster
Ehused at the end of a sentence when expecting a response; pronounces "A?"
Flatan apartment, so "Flat mates" are the people who live together in a flat or house
Footyrugby, not the Australian footy.
Give it awayto abandon something
Give it heapstry your best
Going nutsgoing insane or angry
Good on youexpression of approval, friendly approval of somebodys actions
Good as goldaffirmative answer, aproval of quality
Greasesfish and chips, popular takeaway meal in New Zealand
Haere maiMaori for Welcome
Hakatraditional Maori dance
Handlepint of beer
Hangitraditional Maori meal prepared in an underground oven
Hard caseGood sense of humour
Heapsa lot, "There are a lot of boats in the harbour - There are heaps of boats in the harbour"
Hokey pokeyvery popular type of ice cream flavour in New Zealand
How it going matea common greeting
Ice blockice pop
Jandalflip flop, thong
Jarglass of beer
Kaifood (Maori origin)
Ka paigood job (Maori origin)
Kia Orahello (Maori origin)
Kiwi birdflightless bird native to New Zealand, national symbol of New Zealand
Kiwifruitpopular New Zealand fruit
Lollyany sweet or confectionery
Maorinative people to New Zealand
Marmitepopular spread, made from yeast extract
Matecommonly used for friend, but can also be used for a stranger
Meangood, "That's a mean car!"
MuntedMunted: Wrecked, ruined
No worriesno problem
Nicksteal, "He nicked my shoes!"
Pauaabalone, popular and highly expensive eatable shell
Pavlovameringue tort, covered in cream and fruit, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova
Petrol fuel for engine, gasoline, benzene, so *Petrol station* is the gas station
Pissing aroundwasting time
Piss offgo away
Post codezip code
Primoexcellent, good, "This ice cream is primo!"
Raining cats and dogsraining heavily
Ripped offpaid to much, "You got ripped off on buying this car"
Shake a legcommand to hurry up
She'll be righteverything will be fine, "Don't wary about your broken car, she'll be right"
Shoutto buy something for everyone
Stuffed upmade a mistake
Stubbysmall bottle of beer
Sticky tapecello tape
Sweet asomething really good
Tertiary educationeducation above secondary school
Tiki tourThe senic route
Tin foilaluminum foil
Too muchgreat, very pleased
Valetprofessional car cleaning service
Vegemitepopular spread, made from yeast extract, imported from Australia
Yakgeneral conversation, "We have been yaking on the phone for a while"
Zedcommon pronunciation of letter Z