- 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
- 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
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!
International English courses in Australia!