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Ready for Down Under? This is how you understand the Australians too!

Often we only talk about British or American English and completely forget that the English language has many other facets. Like Australian English, for example. Yes, well, Australia is far away, but we think it's one of the most likeable variants. Therefore, today we are giving you a brief insight into the language of the continent of the kangaroos and koalas.

Where exactly does Australian English come from?

The English language was brought to Australia by the settlers in 1788. Since these came from different regions, they had to adapt their language. In practical terms, that means that the regional accents were left out as much as possible. Therefore, it was often said that Australian English was the clearest English at that time, as it was spoken almost without dialect. Then in 1880, English, originally from the south of Great Britain, was considered to be "correct" English. Nevertheless, Australian English was also strongly influenced by the locals and also by the military who were present at the time.

How to mimic the Australian accent

As is the case with all other languages, there are also different accents in Australian. Still, there are some aspects that most of them have in common. For example, Australians tend to to raise the intonation at the end of the wordslike asking a question.

On top of that, they have a relatively fast, but evenlyβigen and soft flow of words to have. Almost as if a sentence were a single word. To your Aussie-To put the finishing touches on your accent, you need yours too Adjust pronunciation. For example, the “i” becomes more like an “oi”, like in oil (Oil) pronounced. Sounds like that write (write) like wroite at. Not that extreme, of course, but to practice it never hurts to overdo it a little. It is similar with the sound “a”, in Australian it is pronounced more like “eye”, ie as if there was still an “i” after it. This is what the Australians' favorite word sounds like mate (Buddy) actually more like meyte.

Of course there are many other distinctive features in the pronunciation, but when you do this Basics do you come across as very Australian!

Aussie favorite words and idioms

Australian words are easier to remember than the specific pronunciation Slangs or simply idioms that you just do downunder used. The Australians are big fans of abbreviations and add an "i" wherever possible. That's pretty practical!

Examples:

Breakfast -> Breakkie
(Breakfast)

Mosquito -> Mozzie
(Mosquito)

Sunglasses -> Sunnies
(Sunglasses)

Barbecue / BBQ -> Barbie
(BBQ party)

Afternoon -> Arvo
(Afternoon)

Australian -> Aussie
(Australian)

More typical words you may have heard:

FlipFlop's -> Thongs

Excited -> Stoked

Food -> Tucker

Mate -> Mate

Think -> reckon

Very -> bloody

And last but not least, a few more idioms:

As - This pizza was nice as!
(Like (as is often used after adjectives to emphasize them); This pizza was delicious!)

As crook as Rookwood
(Be seriously ill, Rookwood is the largest cemetery in Australia and is located in Sydney)

Face like a dropped pie
(not be very attractive, ugly)

Go troppo
(Going crazy, probably comes from the tropical regions, as the tropical heat there can easily get to your head)

How are you goin ‘?
(How are you? Used more often than How are you?)

She'll be right
(Everything will be fine)

Drink with the flies
(Drink with the flies - when someone drinks alcohol alone)

G’day! / Hooroo!
(Hello Goodbye!)

So you should be prepared for Down under! And remember, the easiest way to get used to a new accent is to watch movies or series from that region. This allows your hearing to get used to it and over time it will become easier and easier for you to understand everything. In our course you can watch 144 video lessons with teachers from all over the world for free, just choose your favorite accent.

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