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Old 10-18-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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I have heard from people from both countries that their accents are different, but as an American who isn’t used to it, it’s hard to tell. Is it a subtle difference like how American vs Canadian accents are?
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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I have heard from people from both countries that their accents are different, but as an American who isn’t used to it, it’s hard to tell. Is it a subtle difference like how American vs Canadian accents are?
It is very obvious to Australians the Kiwi accent, and no doubt vice versa.
It is mainly in the pronunciation of the vowels.
Canadian accents sound like a watered down American accent, and hard for us to discern as well.
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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I have noticed that the Kiwi accent is tronger in the South Island. I had trouble understanding some people who shared a tour with us and they were from a rural town in the south.

The classic difference is illustrated by the Kiwis saying fush and chips, not fish and chips.

But, yes, I tend to confuse American and Canadian accents, especially when the Americans are from somewhere like Maine.

You know it is quite remarkable that the accents from Perth to Auckland are remarkably similar as that is an enormous distance. I am not sure how that came to be.
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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I've been several times to Australia, and not New Zealand, but I have heard a few New Zealanders speak, and I agree it is hard for me to discern between the accents.

Is it true that the New Zealand accent is less drawn-out and drawl"y" than the Australian accent, a little more clipped? It sure does sound "down under" still to my ears, but not as draggy as the Australian one? I may be wrong...

I think it is akin to foreigners trying to distinguish US vs Can accents. Although, I think Canadian accent is still more different than the US ones, than the difference between Aus & NZ.
I find Canadians not only pronounce vowels differently but have a different cadence and style of speech than Americans, they often speak with a lilt at end of sentence whereas Americans speak with a down note.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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Kiwis are easy to pick out, saying fish as if the I was missing, likewise dish, where to my ears, Aussies don’t drawl, but they seem to speak very slightly slower, not as clipped as Kiwis, but I like both their accents.
I find it reasonably easy to distinguish between U.S. and Canadian accents, but I have to listen to them for a couple of minutes for it to become clear, e.g., Canadians will often end a sentence with eh?, and they say words like about, as aboot.
I guess that there’s a difference between a Newfoundland accent, and one from British Columbia, but I’m sure that I wouldn’t get it unless someone pointed it out to me.
I can pin a NYC accent down right off, also Boston, and I can tell the difference between a New England accent, and one from Dixie, but I couldn’t say, “This guy’s from New Hampshire, and this one’s from Connecticut”, any more than I can tell a Georgian from an Alabaman.
A Texan accent sticks out, and I’m confident that I could get that right 7 times out of 10, but if an Oklahoman, from just over the border chipped in, I might go wrong.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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I have been to Australia and have met numerous Kiwis in person over the years and so it's no problem at all for me to distinguish the 2 accents. Of course being Canadian, I can always tell the difference between a Canadian and American accent.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:16 PM
 
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To hear the distinctive kiwi accent, listen to radio live in Auckland

https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home.html

I listen to Mitch every night.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:40 PM
 
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To hear the distinctive kiwi accent, listen to radio live in Auckland

https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home.html

I listen to Mitch every night.


thanks,

for the link ....
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:53 PM
 
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Been to both numerous times and still can't differentiate the accents.
The South African accent is similar but easier to recognize.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Wellington, NZ
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They are similar, but with a couple huge differences. Much more different than American vs Canadian I'd say. Australians say something like "feesh and cheeps" while NZers are supposedly more like "fush and chups". Kiwis pronounce the words bed, head and lead how Americans would say bid, hid and lid, while Australians don't. Australian is a lot twangier as well, while Kiwis are a bit flatter and can sometimes be more British in intonation.

This should all be obviously from a couple Youtube videos or something.
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