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Different accents/dialects are fun, right? :)
I was curious how many people here can tell a New Zealand speaker apart from an Australian =}

And for some light entertainment:
May 19, 2020 11:10 PM
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I just love the variety of accents within the English language. It's really fascinating.
When I read the title, I remembered this video that shows how seemingly unrelated accents have a lot of common features:
May 19, 2020
Great video! I will always remember 'tin iggs', which means ten eggs. The 'i' here is pronounced like the first 'e' in the English word 'eagle'. That is typical New Zealand English for me.
There are certain terms in Australian English such as fair dinkum (especially fair dinkum shed) and pangers and mash (not sure about the spelling, it means sausages and mashed potatoes). But I just read a book by a Samoan living in New Zealand (Albert Wendt) and he used as well 'fair dinkum'. I don't remember having heard 'mate' or 'no worries' in New Zealand, so I regard this as Australian English (but I could be wrong).

Don't understand why Clovek's comment below got a downvote...
May 20, 2020
Spasibo Viktoria =}
May 19, 2020
I always thought that if I’d try to reduce my German accent and go for a more native sounding one, I’d like to acquire a Kiwi accent. Just because it’s something you’d never expect from a German.

The two varieties are easy to tell apart as this video by my favourite NZ YouTuber (How to Dad) proves: https://youtu.be/hlb3gGNBHFE. Here’s part two: https://youtu.be/xWsQ5lwgpSw.


May 20, 2020
@Alex - thanks for the comments, and I'm glad you liked the video :)

I have rarely heard "fair dinkum", but it does exist. "no worries" and "mate" is common, even my landlord addresses me in that manner ;)

"bangers and mash" is quite common here, too, and I believe that has actually spilled over here with the immigrants from the UK.

May 20, 2020
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