Everyone says booudaful to everything
Everyone says booudaful to everything
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i still cant believe after nearly 2 years the aussies cant understand me...i mean come on im from manchester!! I speak the queens english!! I cant count how many times ives had to spell clare , ive had clear klar, klur, lire lol, and then they go...oh calierre!! Why didnt you sayeee doh .
clare 39 clinical nurse educator, Rn/mhn, Alex 7
Gotta admit i find the aussies language no probs at all, i understand them and they understand me no-worries.
Just gets a bit anoying when they say "you sound weired, say it again" must be the Cornish accent thingy and the way most things end in AYE. Pretty good aye, not bad aye, you had a blowout then aye lol lol lol.
All the accents from the U do amaze the Aussies.
My Aussie mates try and copy my broad Yorkshire accent - it just sounds so wrong.
Most locals think that most Northern wives are called Alice...................we are actually saying "Our lass"
A few Aussieisms are creeping in with me - I can say Arvo without flinching now.!
Cannot bring myself to say "G'Day" though - sounds wrong.
have spent time recently trying to convert aussie workmates to call 'soccer' real football instead but i seem to be wasting my time! lol (have had strict instructions from husband NEVER to call it soccer in his presence )
also sweets will NEVER be lollies........lollies have sticks
AND u don't wear thongs on ur feet ...they're call flip-flops lol
aussie things are creeping into my vocabulary though....husband took great delight in taking the piss when i said....'he rocked up....', also have starting saying rah rah instead of blah blah
I've never had anyone not understand what I'm saying (in Australia). I've lived in many places but most of my life in Essex. When I worked in Scotland people would have trouble understanding me so I learned to speak more slowly and clearly, and I did start saying the likes of 'in a wee while' and 'blether'!!
I remember seeing a program many years ago about language and apparantly the Aussie accent is closest to Thames estuary English (East London, Essex and Kent). Once long before I had ever been to Australia I visited a friend in the midlands - he was out but his flatmate told him an Australian girl had called round to visit. He was perplexed as he didn't know any Australian girls!
Australians do struggle with Scottish, Geordie and northern accents but then so do I at times. :)
As for different words, my advice is to swallow your pride and adopt as many as you feel comfortable with. Thongs, lollies, parsta, (maybe not 'marone' though lol) it stops you standing out so much and shows the aussies that you are serious about about integrating here and not just here to be a whinging pom. They respect someone who makes an effort to adopt the aussie way of life and tbh, we would probably feel the same the other way round for immigrants coming to the UK.
Last edited by Anne B; 13-06-2010 at 12:47 AM.
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
I like the way that people say that everything is "exactly right" instead of just "right"
Another Americanism is the Aussie pint or ladies pint as I like to call it.
Howard, Maria, Jamie, & Sam.
Howard Flinn - Mobile Bank Manager for ME Bank - www.mebank.com.au
I was bought this brill book when I migrated - it answers a lot of questions about 'Strine' - 'Speaking our Language' (the story of Australian English) by Bruce (no joke!) Moore, ISBN 978195565782. Lot of history in it too....
Hi Cornishbusdriver, Do you know about the 'Cornish Happiness' festival held on the Yorke Peninsula every two years? Next one May 2011. I'm told by someone brought up there that it's well worth a visit. Cornish copper miners migrated there many years ago and their descendents still use some of the 'old words' and customs. Kernewek Lowender the world's largest Cornish Festival held in the towns of Kadina, Moonta & Wallaroo.