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Old Feb 5th 2008, 7:55 am
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Whats Australia's 2nd Language?!
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Old Feb 5th 2008, 9:32 am
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Whats Australia's 2nd Language?!
English. It's first language is Australian
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Whats Australia's 2nd Language?!
Arabic...?
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It appears to be Italian, Chinese(all) then Greek according to the ABS; but I prefer Polly's answer
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Bogan

Should it be one the Pama-Nyungan languages (ie some form of Indigenous language)?
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Originally Posted by steve99 View Post
Bogan

Should it be one the Pama-Nyungan languages (ie some form of Indigenous language)?
English the 1st is Strine

Can't be an Indigenous language to many to choose from, there is over 300 Aboriginal nations.
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Whats Australia's 2nd Language?!
I dunno but these words have been mentioned to me a few times.

Billabonk: to make passionate love beside a waterhole.

Bludgie: a partner who doesn't work, but is kept as a pet.

Dodgeridoo: a fake indigenous artefact.

Fair drinkum: good-quality Aussie wine.

Flatypus: a cat that has been run over by a vehicle.

Mateshit: all your flat mate's belongings, lying strewn around the floor

Shagman: an unemployed male, roaming the Australian bush in search of sexual activity.

Yabble: the unintelligible language of Australian freshwater crustaceans

Bushwanker: a pretentious drongo, who reckons he's above average when it comes to handling himself in the scrub.

Crackie-daks: 'hipster' tracksuit pants.

And for the Kiwi's amongst us:

Shornbag: a particularly attractive naked sheep.
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Originally Posted by Brisben View Post
I dunno but these words have been mentioned to me a few times.

Billabonk: to make passionate love beside a waterhole.

Bludgie: a partner who doesn't work, but is kept as a pet.

Dodgeridoo: a fake indigenous artefact.

Fair drinkum: good-quality Aussie wine.

Flatypus: a cat that has been run over by a vehicle.

Mateshit: all your flat mate's belongings, lying strewn around the floor

Shagman: an unemployed male, roaming the Australian bush in search of sexual activity.

Yabble: the unintelligible language of Australian freshwater crustaceans

Bushwanker: a pretentious drongo, who reckons he's above average when it comes to handling himself in the scrub.

Crackie-daks: 'hipster' tracksuit pants.

And for the Kiwi's amongst us:

Shornbag: a particularly attractive naked sheep.

http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/strine.htm
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Whats Australia's 2nd Language?!
Australia does not have a second language; in fact, she doesn't even have an official first language.

English is the national language, and is spoken and written in a distinct variety known as Australian English. According to the 2001 census, English is the only language spoken in the home for around 80% of the population. The next most common languages spoken at home are Chinese (2.1%), Italian (1.9%), and Greek (1.4%).
Wikipedia.

It is commonly accepted that English is Australia's de facto "official language", since there is nothing in her legislation which grants it "first language" status. And in case you were wondering, Australia has no state religion.
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