Sally "Typhoon" Squires "G'Day Mate" is the best single source for any traveler wishing to penetrate the mysteries of the bizarre mixture of words, accents and rhymes that comprise "Strine", the variant of English spoken in Australia. Other books mention this unique and lively speech of Aussies, indeed many offer explanations of some key words, but Squires' work defines and illustrates the use of several thousand of the most common words, phrases, metaphors and expressions. Paul Rigby's 21 finely detailed cartoons add a second dimension to this highly entertaining and informative small volume. Good on ya' Sally. Recommended for linguists, fun lovers or anyone planning to visit Australia. -John Lomax III: author of "Five Trips Down Under", publication: "The Tennessean"
"I was rolling on the floor from the time I picked up the book to the minute I put it down. It's funny, very funny!" -George Giokas, Commack, NY
"I read it to some Australian visitors and we were still laughing two hours later." -Simon Rigby, New Jersey
"I fell out of my tree laughing!" -Kurly Kookaburra, third gum tree from the left
"I laughed so much my Joey fell out of my pouch!" -Boomer Kangaroo, bush paddock number nine.
"G'Day Mate is so funny it woke me up!" -Krunch Koala, northwest branch of the south west eucalyptus tree in the Sydney Opera House garden -- From the Publisher
About the Author
Sally Squires was born barefoot in the Australian bush. Those years of solitary confinement helped her develop her imagination and her funny bone. In true Australian gambler's fashion she won her green card in the lottery after moving to New York in 1996. She is a journalist and writer of films, plays, short stories, poems, children's stories and songs; an artist, CD producer and student of the drums...at least that's what she admits to.