Mikayla continues by Mikooks on TikTok (photo)
An American college exchange student who lived in Australia before COVID-19 struck shared some of the ‘weirdest’ habits she noticed in her surrogate home, including how women dress and what certain slang terms mean.
Mikayla, who comes by Mikooks on TikTok, she uploaded six videos about the differences between the US and Australia, saying there were only a few things – like the metric system and ice in an iced coffee – that she didn’t understand.
She was forced to cut her swap and fly back to the U.S. on March 22, scoring a business class seat for the ride.
So what did she think Down Under?
Mikayla said she has missed Arnott’s Tim Tams since she left Australia and hoped she could return to a post-coronavirus world.
But she struggled to get her head around Aussies, referring to hot dogs as a sausage sandwich, and placing a single sausage in a slice of white bread.
In America, the ‘hot dog’ is a Frankfurter in a sliced bun, which makes sense for Mikayla. The Australian version “made her crazy.”
Australians also call ketchup tomato sauce, a liquor store is called a ‘bottle-o’ and when you order an iced coffee it usually contains ice (right)
Australians also call ketchup tomato sauce, a liquor store is called a ‘bottle-o’, and when you order an iced coffee, it usually contains ice.
Alcoholic drinks also caused some confusion, with Mikayla saying, “If you order a vodka sprite at a bar, you get vodka lemonade. But a vodka potion is called a vodka squash. ‘
She also found that crackers in Australia were less fluffy and aerated compared to at home.
THE WAY OF LIFE
After asking someone where the bathroom is and being told it was 50 yards away, Mikayla realized she didn’t understand the metric system even though “most countries in the world use it.”
“I also didn’t know how hot 30C was,” she said.
However, she did enjoy how quickly Australians shortened their terms and described how she ordered a flat white with oat milk from a barista calling it a ‘flatty-o’.
The voltage in our outlets is much higher than America’s, 230 volts compared to 120 volts, making her electrical equipment feel like it would ‘explode’. She also said that all bus times in Australia are written in “military time.”
After asking someone where the bathroom is and being told it was 50 yards away, Mikayla realized she didn’t understand the metric system, although ‘most countries in the world use it’
She noted that there weren’t as many giant spiders as she thought there would be, but these were replaced with large cockroaches.
Mikayla said the no-tipping system – because people earn ‘living wages’ – was fantastic, as was the fact that Ugg boots are much cheaper to buy because they’re made Down Under.
Finally, the assessment of school years was a transition that she had to get used to.
“In America, our years are called freshmen, sophomores, junior and senior years. But here they are called the first, second and third years, which frankly makes more sense, “she said.
Swimmers at Bondi Beach on April 28, 2020
According to Mikayla, there is a known stereotype that Australian people are very attractive, and she confirmed in her videos that this was indeed the case.
“Girls wear fake lashes and have lip injections that really rock,” she said.
Some women are so confident that they like to go topless on the beach, which is not necessarily the case in the United States.
She didn’t specifically mention men in her posts, but you can assume she also thought they were physically attractive given her sweeping statements about the population.
There are a number of names for common items that Australians say differently from the rest of the world, which most hilariously call flip-flops ‘strings.’
But they also call sweatpants ‘trackie dacks’, a sweatshirt like ‘jumper’ and a bathroom is simply called ‘toilet’.
“If I thank you, people usually answer” that’s good “instead of” you’re welcome. ” We’d say it’s okay after someone says sorry, ”Mikayla said.
There are a number of names for common items that Australians say differently from the rest of the world, which most hilariously call flip-flops ‘strings’
The formulation that confused her the most was ‘avo’ and ‘arvo’, with the first referring to an avocado and the second to an afternoon.
Words like ‘color’ and ‘favorite’ as spelled with the letter u, words like ‘analyze’ are spelled with an ‘s’ and no ‘z’ and you don’t pronounce the ‘r’ in words like Cairns.
And finally, instead of saying “how are you?” Australian says “how are you?” What she had to get used to.
In general, Mikayla said she misses Australia and her natural beauty and likes to spend time in her cities.