Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ...If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.
Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)
The more you know, the less you need.
Australian Aboriginal saying
This sheet is a simple word matching exercise. Students match words in a grid with slang from the box. Here's the text from the introduction:
Australian slang is known as strine. Some words can be found in British English, others are unique to Australia. A key feature of strine is the way words are often shortened.
See if you can match the words in the box with the list of words in the table. The word that's left is the smallest room in the house.
Start by asking what the class knows about Australia. Ask if anyone knows any Australian sayings or expressions and write them up on the board. Then hand out the sheet and read through the introduction together. Then fill the sheet in. With a small group students can take turns suggesting answers and offer an explanation for their choices. With a large class have the students divide into pairs and fill the sheet out together. Then have the pairs form fours so they can compare answers and come to an agreement about differences. Finally go through the sheet together so everyone can make sure they have got the right answers:
|an English person||limey|
Dunny, the remaining word, means toilet and refers to an outhouse. "Going to the dunny" means a visit to the toilet.
Last revision June 2018
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