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View Poll Results: Which city is Sydney most like?
NYC 17 15.32%
San Francisco 42 37.84%
LA 22 19.82%
Other 30 27.03%
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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Fish and chips and pubs? Fish and chips is very minor part of the food scene in Sydney, and can be bought in a lot of America cities. But I’ve never seen a British style fish and chip restaurant in Sydney, or a British style pub for either. A few British style pubs would probably be a welcome addition, compared to the local ‘beer barn’ style establishment. Rugby is actually fairly global sport; being played in France, Italy, Argentina, and other places.

There a lot of ways in which the British historical influence in the US is apparent: the preponderance of Anglo-Saxon surnames (regardless of which boxes are available or ticked at a census in either country) and cities with British names, or use of British measures including road sign in miles per hour. At a more societal level, in the US like the UK Christianity is markedly more Protestant in character than Australia, and there is similar lack of southern European cultural traditions apparent in daily life, like the annual blessing of the fleet ceremony you’ll find in most Australian sea ports. And both the US and UK have comparatively few migrants as a proportion of their population.

Spelling? Australian spelling is actually pretty mixed, particularly in everyday usage. Yes, its ‘colour’ not ‘color’, but is usually ‘program’ no ‘programme’, and it can be either ‘traveled’ or ‘travelled’.

US can seem a lot like the UK depending on what aspect of society you’re focussing on.
Ha lucky you were not in my class for spelling! You would be writing twenty times; programme, travelled, labour, colour, centre!
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:16 AM
 
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Ha lucky you were not in my class for spelling! You would be writing twenty times; programme, travelled, labour, colour, centre!
LOL. "Programme" is definitely not used much, at least today. And I've worked in organisations that required 'traveled', 'targeted'.... I see 'organization' as often as 'organisation' in correspondence.

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Old 02-11-2018, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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Well the kids I taught were too young to use an American spell check. It is not terribly important in the scheme of things. I seem to remember arguments at staff meetings about program versus programme. I do not miss those meetings at all.To be honest I do not think any North American city is much like Sydney. Worldwide, I would be thinking if Auckland or Capetown. But Capetown is scenically more beautiful.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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LOL. "Programme" is definitely not used much, at least today. And I've worked in organisations that required 'traveled', 'targeted'.... I see 'organization' as often as 'organisation' in correspondence.
American companies I guess?
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:31 PM
 
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American companies I guess?
Actually, no.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:22 AM
 
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To me Sydney (I lived there for 3 years) is some sort of mix between San Francisco and San Diego with some sprinkling of NYC (bustling and energy).


I do not agree with any comparison with Seattle or, even less, Vancouver. Some element of Toronto?? Maybe, I do not know Toronto that well.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Actually, no.
So... "non-American companies eager to normalize their English language usage with that of the world's biggest economy operating in that language"?
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Toronto
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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I love Sydney.

It's an outward manifestation of every single thing I've ever dreamed of in a city (and then some - Sydney surprises even me, still). Everything. When I look at a Sydney, I think to myself that life has tried playing a practical joke on me, to take everything from my dreams, quite literally, and put it all together in one place and call that a city.

"Perfect" is probably left to each individual to decide for themselves, but Sydney is the world's most perfect city to me. I like 3 other places as much as Sydney and another 3 just slightly less than Sydney, but ever so slightly favor Sydney above all else.

So my answer to this thread is none of the above. None of these others are like Sydney, they shouldn't try to be as they would benefit by being themselves, but they couldn't ever be either. I've been to all of the other cities on the poll and none of them are anything like Sydney other than superficial "on the surface" sort of similarities. Also, I consider that to be such a good thing.
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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So my answer to this thread is none of the above. None of these others are like Sydney, they shouldn't try to be as they would benefit by being themselves, but they couldn't ever be either. I've been to all of the other cities on the poll and none of them are anything like Sydney other than superficial "on the surface" sort of similarities. Also, I consider that to be such a good thing.
This is very well said and couldn't agree more. Often times, we get lost in generic comparisons or when we even visit a place, holding it up to something else instead of just looking at it and appreciating it for what it is.
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