Q: I always hear Australian people saying ‘G’day mate!‘ What does it mean?

A: G’day, means ‘hello‘ (short for ‘good day‘) and mate means ‘friend‘!

In Australian slang, we often use the word mate.


“Me and me mates are going away this weekend.” = “My friends and I are going away this weekend.”

Notice that the speaker says ‘me mates‘, not ‘my mates’. This is common Australian slang!


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Question: Do you know what girls often use instead of the word ‘mate’?

Put your answer in the comments!

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38 Responses to G’day Mate!

  1. roberta says:

    …no I don’t know what girls use instead the word “mate”…please tell me…

  2. John says:

    Hi Roberta

    The word is “love”.


    If I go to a restuarant and the waitress is older than me, she may say:

    “Hello love. What can I do for you today?”

    Sometimes my students get confused by this. They ask me if the waitress loves them!

    But if you use the word this way it does not mean “I love you”. It is just a friendly way to talk to someone.

    USAGE: Usually only said by the older person to the younger person of the OPPOSITE sex. (A guy would never use ‘love’ for a guy, but they do use it to girls).

    It is used in the sentence instead of the person’s name.


    Hello love = Hello John

    What are you doing love? = What are you doing John?

    MY SUGGESTION: Don’t try to use this unless you have experience hearing someone use it naturally. It can become confusing!

  3. Robert says:

    Ithink the word is comfusing to the same age of oposite sex.
    But not an old person talking to younger person.

    I don t know whitch word for Girls instard of mate

    please help .

  4. divya says:

    we usaully use hello guys or hi dude…to wish someone. this sentence make proper sense plz someone help me out

  5. i think i would be trubel if i use this word to deal with anybody infront my man

  6. sam says:

    HI JOHN’


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  8. Im P says:

    We gals just use mate as well. It can be used for both blokes and shielas

  9. Naira says:

    Hello John.
    I want to know the means of word “qut”.Is it means good and where can use shuch words.Thanks.

  10. agnes aguilar says:

    i often hear women saying the word love instead of mate.

    • John says:

      Hi Agnes
      Yes – that is right. Women will often say ‘love’ instead of ‘mate’. It doesn’t mean they really love you – they are just being friendly and polite!

  11. Robert says:

    I have no problem about old people saying love to young people
    Same age g’ day mate its oky

  12. Robert says:

    Old people love is no problem to young people .
    But same age g’day mate is good

  13. Robert says:

    Old people saying love to young people its good .
    But same age g’ day mate its oky


  14. mansureh says:

    hello give me address email please

  15. zainub says:

    i don’t know the word used instead of G’day mate but i learned from the above comments that it is the word love.

    • John says:

      Hi Zainub – ‘love’ is used instead of the word ‘mate’ or ‘friend’

      Instead of ‘G’day’ you can say ‘hello’ or ‘hi’


      ‘G’day mate’ = ‘Hi friend’

  16. Robert says:

    I didn’t understand the word G’ day mate until some one explain this talking to me But no problem it’s an Australian slang , To same age it’s comfusing a lot.
    But Old people it’s a polite or friendly word; I under stand this way;

  17. Kalpit says:

    Hi, just wondering what one could say as a response to “G’Day Mate”.. Can we just say HI ? Any other words, or slang, to reply back?

  18. leticia Guerrero says:


    Can we use g’day mate like a formal and polite greeting in anytime of the day?


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