G’day mates! You are a recent Sri Lankan who has just arrived in Australia or plan to do so? Or are you an Australian interested in the culture of Sri Lanka and its people? In any case, you’re at the correct place! We’ll be talking about how it feels to be Sri Lankan in Australia here on this blog. The ups and the downs, things of that sort.
First things first: Why do Sri Lankans move to Australia?
Sri Lanka is a pretty place with a lot of culture, past events, and important things from the past. Many people from Sri Lanka decide to move to other countries for a better life because there are problems like unstable politics, money problems, and not enough chances. Many Sri Lankan people like to move to Australia because it has a good economy, good schools and hospitals, and people from different cultures are accepted there.
The Adaptation Process: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!”
Going to a different country is thrilling and scary. This also applies to Sri Lankan people in Australia. The first few months might be hard as you get used to the new place, customs, and way of living. Don’t worry, Australians are really nice and welcoming. They’ll greet you warmly and assist you in adjusting.
You’ll quickly see that Australians are very relaxed and informal. They like to have a balance between work and free time and enjoy being outside by doing activities like surfing, hiking, or having a BBQ with friends and family. Don’t be surprised if your boss asks you to join for drinks on a Friday afternoon or if your neighbor visits with a plate of cake.
You will need to learn the Australian slang. People from Australia speak English differently and it might take a while to comprehend what they are saying. For instance, “arvo” stands for afternoon, “brekkie” means breakfast, and “ta” is a short word for thank you. Don’t worry, you will learn it quickly!
Exploring the Land Down Under: From Uluru to the Great Barrier Reef
Australia is a very big place with lots of different types of nature, animals, and ways of life. If you are from Sri Lanka and living in Australia, you can do a lot of things to see and enjoy the beauty of this amazing country. These are some places and activities that you must visit and do:
- Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge: Iconic landmarks that are synonymous with Australia.
- Uluru (Ayers Rock): A sacred site for the Aboriginal people and a natural wonder of the world.
- Great Barrier Reef: The world’s largest coral reef system and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Kangaroo Island: A wildlife paradise where you can see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and seals in their natural habitat.
- Australian Open: One of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held in Melbourne every year.
Making Friends and Building Connections: “No worries, mate!”
Living in Australia is great because everyone is included and welcome in the community, no matter how different they are. People from different cultures live and work together in Australia, and Australians are happy about that. Being a Sri Lankan in Australia means you can meet new people with different backgrounds and make friends.
You can meet and talk to people in Australia in lots of ways, like through your job, playing sports, doing things you enjoy, or helping out as a volunteer. You can stay connected to your roots and show your culture to others by joining a Sri Lankan community group or going to cultural events.
Don’t feel nervous to start talking to Australians – they’re usually easy to talk to and nice. Remember to say “please” and “thank you” and add “mate” at the end of your sentences to sound like an Australian. When someone says “no worries, mate”, they mean everything is okay or there is no problem.
Q: Do I need to learn English before moving to Australia?
A: Yes, English is the official language in Australia, and you’ll need to be proficient in it to communicate effectively and succeed in your studies or career. There are many language schools and courses available in Sri Lanka and Australia to help you improve your English skills.
Q: What is the cost of living in Australia?
A: The cost of living in Australia can be higher than in Sri Lanka, but it also depends on where you live and your lifestyle. Cities like Sydney and Melbourne can be expensive, but there are more affordable options in regional areas. Make sure to do your research and budget accordingly.
Q: Is it difficult to find work in Australia?
A: It can be challenging to find work in Australia, especially if you’re new to the country and don’t have local experience. However, there are many job opportunities in various industries, and networking and volunteering can help you build connections and gain experience.
Living in Australia as someone from Sri Lanka can be a good and fulfilling experience. It might take a little while to get used to the new place and people, but Australians are friendly and nice. There are lots of chances to explore, make friends, and start a new life. Get your things together, wear your thongs (flip-flops), and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in Australia!
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- “Sri Lankan Community in Australia.” SBS Your Language, Special Broadcasting Service, 10 June 2020, https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/sri-lankan-community-in-australia.
- “Sri Lanka-born Community Information Summary.” Department of Home Affairs, Australian Government, 30 Nov. 2021, https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/mca/files/2021-january-community-profile-sri-lanka.pdf.