How to speak Oz – lesson one

With the Melbourne As One gathering for YouTubers fast approaching (December 1st for those who need reminding) I find myself with a lot to do.  I’m answering questions, still hopeful of securing some sponsorship, organising events for the days and working with the Burnet Institute who are running the World AIDS Day Concert which is also on at Federation Square on the same day.

But I need to do more.  Now that several people from overseas have confirmed the will be coming I have realised I need to help them.  With the local language.  Many of them assume they will be OK because they think they speak English.  Sadly, some will find they only speak American which is not the same thing at all.

Teaching these people to speak Australian (or Strine as it is know to academics) will not be an easy task.  But I am not daunted.  I will start with the basics and work up from there.  Todays lesson covers two things visitors absolutely must know:



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5 responses to “How to speak Oz – lesson one

  1. My parents had the Afferbeck Lauder books, so I have fond memories of reading about Emma Chizzit, and Snow White’s Severed Wharfs… I thoroughly recommend them to anyone wanting to understand Strine.

    However, if you think that mispronouncing Melbourne is bad, then have some pity on the yanks who visited the town I studied for a year in… Loughborough… Yes, it has “ough” in it twice, but the first time it sounds like “uff” and the second time it’s “uur”… God damn yanks going round talking about Loo-Ger-Burr-Ooo-Ger… Couldn’t get Luff-Burr-Urr into their heads. To make it worse it’s in Leicestershire, (Les-ter-shear yanks! Not Lie-Ses-Ter-Shy-Err)

    My brother lives in Edinburgh… he’s given up correcting mis-pronunciation now.

  2. Sorel

    Lol, I like that. Well done video. Totally agree with it. More over there gotta be more of this free speech videos.
    Where is that bookmark button 🙂

  3. Highly descriptive blog, I loved that bit. Will there
    be a part 2?

  4. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw
    away your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  5. Howdy! I’m at work browsing your blog from my
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