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If you’re new to New Zealand, you will probably hear a few words or expressions that you don’t understand. Like all countries, we have words that are unique to New Zealand and aren’t used commonly or at all in other English-speaking countries. Even native English speakers from other countries find that some of our vocabulary sounds quite foreign. So, if you’re learning English here, be prepared to hear a few words that you can’t find in your translation dictionary!

To help newcomers and visitors understand the quirks and unique vocabulary of New Zealand English a little better, we’ve put together an awesome diagram that highlights some of our unique and special words.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

unique vocabulary of New Zealand

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