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Australian English

  • Difference Australian English is quite taken with metaphors and idiomatic expressions. This is difficult for the language learner, but it is well worth it. Australian usage of English is creative and inspiring.

  • There are hardly any Aboriginal words, as contact has always been limited. Terms like billabong, boomerang, kangaroo or kookaburra mostly refer to Australia's unique flora and fauna or to tools used by the Aboriginal population.

  • Grammar and syntax are largely identical with British English, as Australia has been independent for a short time only (in linguistic terms).

  • 90% of Australia's population live in urban centers. Therefore, regional difference play a less important role. Australia's dialects are categorized for their intensity rather than geography: broad, general and cultivated Australian pronunciation. Broad Australian orientates itself on a British dialect: Cockney! Cultivated Australian follows the pronunciation of the British standard RP (Received Pronunciation).

Is this a problem for learning English?

As mentioned above, we are talking about standard varieties, not regional dialects. Dialects and slang can be strong and difficult to understand, no matter where you are going. However, standard varieties are hardly ever mutually incomprehensible and are all totally acceptable in official context and examinations!

In all recommended language schools you are taught standard English. Acquiring some local slang and dialectal vocabulary is fun and adds excitement to your English learning experience. However, your main activities will be centered around standard English!

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