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all things Kiwi

I am very sad writing this post, thinking that we only have 5 short weeks left here in NZ. Where did the time go? I think what makes leaving here different than leaving anywhere else that we have lived is that there are so many people here that I see on a daily basis that I have come to know & love that I will never see again – ever. We do have plans to come back to NZ, just not anytime soon. However, there are a few of our Kiwi friends who have set plans to come see us in America & for that I cannot wait!

When we first arrived in NZ, I was fascinated with all things Kiwi. One of the things that I loved the most was the Kiwi accent & expressions.  So, a few months after we moved here I started a list of my favorite Kiwi words. Eventually, I stopped writing on the list because all of these words/expressions became commonplace to us. In fact, most of them are a part of all of our daily vocabulary now. I have been packing up this week & I came across “the list.” I was laughing b/c most of these words our family uses on a daily basis – so much so that I don’t even think about it now. I wanted to share it with you so that if we talk a bit differently (or the kids have a slight kiwi accent) when we get back then you will now know why:)

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togs – bathing suit

people mover – mini van

growl – yell

rubbish bin – trash can

chilly bin – cooler

prezzie – present

lollies – candy

chippies – chips

capiscum – yellow pepper

corquette – zucchini

cuddle – hug

jandals – flip flops

heaps – tons

how are you going?  - how are you doing?

tinker – a stinker

have a go – take a turn

cheeky – naughty

that’s all right – no problem

gumboots/wellies – rain boots

boot – trunk

bench – countertop

flash – fancy

torch – flashlight

rubber – eraser

buggy/pram – stroller

diary – calendar

hut – fort

littlie – little person/child

queue – line

gutted – upset

kindy – preschool/kindergarten

car park – parking lot

rock up – pull up/show up

shattered – exhausted

dummy – pacifier

mum – mom

mummy – mommy

biscuit – cookie

nappie – diaper

morning tea – morning snack

afternoon tea – afternoon snack

bush – woods

plaster – band aid

keen – excited

baddie – bad person/robber

 

 

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May 23, 2013 - 4:38 pm anne - wow hope! cannot believe time has passed so quickly. love reading through these. your kids pics are perfect.

June 25, 2013 - 10:13 am Critz - Hope what a wonderful experience. Your children are absolutely gorgeous!! Those eyes are incredible! Loved reading the word list. Love, Rhetta

June 25, 2013 - 10:13 am Critz - Hope what a wonderful experience. Your children are absolutely gorgeous!! Those eyes are incredible! Loved reading the word list. Love, Rhetta

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