What does an Australian accent sound like to a foreign person. I don't know because I am an aussie!! Anyone that answers, I will put a shrimp on the barbie for you!!!!
When I hear an Australian accent, I picture Crocodile Dundee, koala bears and "Outback Steakhouse"(just a joke for Americans) We actually have a restaurant chain in your honor. But to describe it...? Well the only thing I can say is that people with British accents sound very formal, like someone ready to serve you a "spot of tea". Australians sound a little more rough around the edges, like they are ready to take you on an adventure.
This is really difficult Mike. I now want you to try to describe my Philly/NY accent. and if you succeed, I will give you a cheese steak!
I appreciate the offer of shrimp, but I am highly allergic and have been told my next bite of shrimp will be my last.
Oh, how much do I love the Australian accent!! Very attractive...very interesting. I'm sure that you are not an employee of Geico, but that little Aussie gecko that they have on there probably gets them a lot of business! Or - is he a kiwi and not an aussie?
I'll give it a burl...the Aussie accent, to me, sounds like a mouth full of sunshine that washes over a person and makes them feel instantly at home.
hey, I live in England (in north yorkshire, very strong accent, it's quite hilarious, if you've ever watched an adaptation of wuthering heights then you'll know what i'm talking about :D) and I wouldn't say that australian sounds like a mixture of Scottish and 'British' ( Britain being of course a culmination or Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland an England), i'm assuming it was meant to say an 'english' accent.
But having Australian relatives and a sister who lives in aberdeen (one of the most strongly accented areas of Scotland) then I'd have to disagree. I'd say that the australian accent just has very 'wide' vowel sounds (like the Yorkshire accent) and it is quite 'adventerous' sounding. Although just a quick warning, no-one in england says 'a spot of tea', and if you try that with anyone in yorkshire then you may just get 'clouted' . although I must say that i've always wondered what my accent sounds like to other people, I have friends from down south (london area) who say that i sound like I was raised in a barn and others who have to seriously concentrate to understand what i'm saying!!! WOOOOOOHH, SHRIMP!!!!! :D
Hey Mike, Or as we say "Yo, how ya doin?" Greetings from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Have a world famous Cheese Steak on us!!!! !
As an American Aussies sound a bit like a mixture of British and Scottish. I like the accent better than British though. It is very distinct though and easy to pick out.
I love the Australian English accent. It´s my second favorite. I think my favorite is an accent that certain Native American tribes have when they speak English, but unfortunately, I don´t know which tribe. I just know I´ve seen a few TV actors of Native American decent and loved their accent: it´s rhythmic and mellow.
I work customer service for a cellphone company. I get calls from all sorts of people with all sorts of accents and sometimes just very broken English (but that is rare). I pride myself on taking the time to understand them and on doing my best to be understood by them, but I messed up with an Australian fellow once. It went like this...
- Me: What can I do for you?
- Him: I´m having trouble with my fine.
- Me: I´m sorry, sir, you´re having trouble with your...fine?
- Him: No, not fine! Fine! I´m having trouble with my fine!
- Me: I´m really sorry, sir. I´m just not getting it.
- Him: My cellfine! I´m having trouble with my cellfine!
I felt so stupid. Of course he was having trouble with his phone. I work for a cellphone company. But, really, he wasn´t saying "fine" but probably something more like "faw-oon."
He took it well, by the way.
G'day mate, dijaavagoodwegend?
And the shrimp on barbie? Better make mine a prawn....
Hehehehe.You guys put a big smile on my face. Well Nicole I can only recognise 3 accents from the states. They are:1- the LA accent: por ejemplo 90210. The way they speak is indicative. 2- Southern accent: Sounds like the Hill Billies. 3- The New York Accent,- The Sopranos are a good example. So you would sound like them. ... You would say New York as " New Yaarrk". It a tough sounding American accent!!!!!!! 1 shrimp for you as well!!!
I 'ave a son livin' in Mermaid Waters, City of Gold Coast, Qld, Australia. 'e's been there about 9 years now and the little 'chip off' is starting to sound like one of yer own. Always nice to connect with one of my sons (chosen) countrymen.
I forgot to say that 4annie is an aussie too but you guys might already know this. I found this video in which this lady imitates about 14 different accents. It is quite interesting to listen to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k&feature=fvw
And with "shrimp", in Australia we actually call them "prawns".
I always think of Russel Crowe when I think of somebody speaking in "aussie" English. I think it is very clear actually, more so than Scottish or Irish for example.
When I think of Austrailians I think of Rolf Harris with his Diddery doo (Did I spell that right? ) Dame Edna Everage, Kangaroos, Koala bears and Fosters lager...and the other one with 4 XXXX's lol .not to mention Crocodile Dundee and Home and Away etc... The Australian accent is very interesing and informal I have found the Aussies very sincere, kind and friendly guys and girls for the most part I think of Australians like Paul Hogan The guys like to portray themselves as Tough,(macho) outgoing and adventurous ... pretty much like Nicole described... you therefore almost expect them to take you on a ten mile hike or a Survival trip and that's just to give you an appetite for breakfast hahaha
British people are not all formal and we don't all speak with a posh voice, not that I am typically English anyway - having been born in Peru (but that's another story.. I digress lol)
hi your accent i think varies mostly from our british in the vowels. To me it sounds like an 'i' after an 'a' like mate it sounds like maite, its hard to explain but thats the only way i can say it. it sounds lazy but then again it was settled by convicts so thats cool and i guess my accents a little lazy i love the accent and id like it but i know it would take a very long time. Once i finish school i plan to move to Australia so its been really cool to talk to an aussie i probably havent answered your question very well but its the best i could do (from a school girl) lol
The Aussie accent? Well - it's as plain as the b***s on a dog, mate! I find the Aussie accent to be immediately friendly and down to earth but I don't like that one with the rising intonation at the end of every sentence (like a question? Y' know?) And I'm afraid I can't tell the difference between Australian and New Zealand accents (sorry!!!)
In fact, put an Aussie and a Brit in the same room and the result always seems to be the same - first an argument about sports , second is good-natured insults (you pommies are soooo bloody pomous and you can't play Rugby or cricket -you Australians just drink lager and have barbies all day) then a mutual friendship and respect...........or maybe I've just met the good ones.