Planning a locum tenens assignment in New Zealand? 10 more must-know slang phrases.

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It's a good idea to learn a few phrases and even carry some sort of translation tool when you're traveling outside of the country (whether it's a smart phone app or an actual paperback dictionary it will come in handy). And even if your destination is in an English-speaking country they'll most certainly still have their own set of idioms that might elicit a head scratch or two.

Now over the years we've given you some quick, handy guides that showcase some of the top turns of phrases in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Feel free to freshen up on those idioms right here then come on back because we've got some more for you.

Are you planning to take a locum tenens assignment in New Zealand? Here are 10 more must-know slang phrases to learn before you venture down under.

1) Aotearoa


Okay, this one is not so much slang as it is the actual name for New Zealand in the Māori language. Still it's important to start with as you'll most likely hear it said during your locum tenens assignment.

What Aotearoa actually means is "Land of the Long White Cloud." Early on it was only used to reference the North Island of New Zealand, now it's a widely accepted name for the entire country.

2) Cuppa

You'll have one of these to either start the day or end the night, depending on what you get in your cuppa of course. Cuppa means "cup of" something, more commonly a cuppa tea or a cuppa coffee. You'll hear people ask for a cuppa quite often.

3) Long Black


It seems virtually every country has developed their own slang for a variety of coffee concoctions. For New Zealand (and Australia actually), you'll encounter the term "long black." This style of coffee drink is made by pouring shots of espresso or ristretto over hot water, which is similar to how an Americano is made.

4) Hangi

Hangi has nothing to do with hanging out or even some sort of surfing trick. To give you a clue of what it is, it made our list of 5 must-try New Zealand foods a while back.

Hangi - which dates back thousands of years - is a way to heat your food. With this method all your meat and veggies are cooked in a sort of earth oven, a pit is dug, lined with stones and heated with fire. It's a truly tasty way to connect with your roots.

5) No worries


Even though this expression has gained widespread use in the English-speaking world, it originated in Australia and New Zealand. It means "no problem" or "don't worry about it." Learn how this doctor and his family embraced the "no worries" lifestyle on locum tenens assignment in Australia.

6) Chocka

During the holiday season a shopping mall might be chocka. Or right after a concert when everyone is leaving the roads will probably be chocka. This slang word signifies that something is "full" or "overflowing."

7) Bach

No, it's not the composer. In fact, it's not even pronounced the same. For New Zealanders bach is pronounced "batch" and it means bachelor pad. Though it's more commonly known as a holiday home. On days off or when you have some vacation time look into booking a bach for the whole family.

8) Dodgy

Dodgy can mean a couple things. It can connote that something is either stale as in "this bread is dodgy" or that someone is acting strangely like "that gentleman at the bar looked a bit dodgy to me." It's a Kiwi's way of saying that things seem off.

9) Ta

You'll say this if someone has done something nice for you. It means thanks. "Here I bought this cuppa tea for you." "For me? Ta." "No worries, it was my pleasure."

10) Togs


Bring your togs - AKA your swimsuit - when heading to the beach. And even though it's officially autumn in New Zealand right now we wanted to let you know just the beach you should check out, Hot Water Beach. You can dig your own geothermal pool all while the cool ocean breeze washes over you.

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