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1. Posted by nautilus (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

Hi everyone, I'd like to get to Oz and spend a year. I want to travel around the country and by the way, improve my english. I've heard about the differences between British English and American English, but not much about Australian English, just that it's rather "peculiar". As I'm intermediate English student (and also spanish...;)) I think it could be a problem for getting a job and so on.
Is Australian English so different from others?
I'm also curious about it.

Thank you.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 6:48 AM by nautilus ]

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I don't think that it is too different in the way they are spoken. The difference is the words and the meanings which if unknown can be a little awkward. Such as: You don't root for your favorite football team. Haha...

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Hey Nautilus

The language is not different, lm not sure about the spelling ie do Aussies spell colour the right way or the American way! But there will be coloquialisms and sayings - as is common in every country (with the UK being one of the worst!)

You know things like "No Worries" said to you after you say thank you - ie your welcome! Im sure there are hundreds of other little peculiarities which might make you sratch your head but for the main part you will get by fine!

Oh and watch out for the scarcastic irony Australians are world champaions at it! Its extremely funny and if you dont know what l mean watch out for James one of the Travel Gurus on TP!!!

4. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Lots of words get shortened and/or a vowel added to the end.

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if you want to learn PROPER english then there is one place in the whole world were proper english is spoken. this is isle of skye based on the west side of scotland.

no they dont have scottish accents too or english, its just weird...they speak perfect english. no slang, no pronouncing etc...PROPER english.

6. Posted by nautilus (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

Thank you everybody!

I've found this web page that talks about the Australian slang and also some Strine vocabulary. The way they talk can be so funny, but for an English student it's absolutely terrifying!

Here you are some Strine.

Bickie: Dollar.
Bludger: Lazy person.
Milk bar: Corner general store.
Lolly: Money.
Pavement pizza: Vomit.
Rainbow sneeze: Vomit.
Technicolour yawn: Vomit.
Piss: Alcohol, usually beer.
Kafuffle: Argument.
Poofter: Homosexual.
Ratbag: Someone who does not behave properly.
Reckon!: You bet! Absolutely!
Ripper: Good.
Owyergoin: How are you going? Often used with 'G'day' and 'Mate'.
OYO: On your own (flat or apartment).

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

No worries mate!!!

Thats why the English Language is one of the most difficult of all languages to learn because of all the coloquisms and regional variations!

Good luck!


8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

My favourite Australian term (courtesy of Men at Work) is "chunder". Disgusting, but really, really apt.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

LOL, I like the vomit words!

Actually, I wonder if there are any girls in Australia who's name is not sheela

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Actually, I wonder if there are any girls in Australia who's name is not sheela

Obviously there's KYLIE!!!!!!!!!!!

[ Edit: from neighbours fame obviously! ]