North vs. South: Test your English knowledge. Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in English Language

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Today I have a challenge for you, or if you want to think of it as a quiz, you could call it that too. This is a challenge to see how well you know different English vocabulary and slang from the north and south of the English-speaking world!

Although English is just one language, it certainly doesn’t always seem that way at times. When you hear all the different dialects and diverse vocabulary used by native English speakers all around the world you may wonder: is that really English? What are they saying? Even as a native English speaker, I am still learning new words in English, especially when I travel to other English-speaking countries, like New Zealand, Australia, or Great Britain.

I’ve pulled together a list of unique vocabulary from “down under” or New Zealand and Australia to challenge you with today.

Click here to take the quiz: North-South Vocabulary

In the attached file there are pairs of sentences. Each sentence contains an underlined vocabulary word that makes the sentence either North American or from the Southern Hemisphere.  Your challenge is to figure out which sentence is from “the north” or America, and which is from “the south” or New Zealand and Australia.

If you need some help with vocabulary I have also defined the underlined vocabulary words below to help you.

Best of luck! and Cheers!

howdy or g’day – “hello”; a greeting that begins a conversation
vege or veggies – “vegetables”; a plant or part of a plant that is food
wee or little – “small”
leash or lead – a rope or chain that secures a dog while on a walk
chippie or carpenter – a person who works with wooden objects or structures
tradie or tradesman – a person who works in trades, such as renovations and building
quarrel or row – “argument”; a heated exchange of words
mess with or muck about – to act silly or careless
frock or gown – an elegant (usually long) dress
Mickey D’s or Macca’s – a slang word for McDonald’s fast food restaurant
sunnies or shades – “sunglasses”; glasses that protect the eyes from sunlight
recon or think – to have a particular idea or thought
bundle up or rug up – to put on warm clothing
jumper or sweater – a knit garment worn on the upper body
bachelor’s party or stag do – a party given to a man who is about to get married
brekkie or breakfast – the first meal of the day
flash or fancy – “elaborate”
slice or rash – a portion or single piece of something, usually food
serving or serve – a specific predefined amount of food

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Here are the answers to the vocabulary quiz: North-South answers

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About the Author: Gabriele

Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.