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Old 01-23-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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There's something about the Australian accent that I find very annoying. It sounds far too informal. And the pronunciation of words bears absolutely no resemblances to how they're actually spelled.

Sounds cheap and lacks finesse
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Personally I could not give a damn, an accent is nothing to be ashamed of.

You run into insecure Aussies with this same inferiority complex all over Europe, after joining them for a while i realized how stupid it is.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:10 PM
 
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The Australian accent sounds really British/English to me. Then again, I'm an American and well if I were to hear someone from South Africa or Australia, I would think they're British.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:30 AM
 
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I think Russell Crowe has a nice accent. I know he was born in NZ but his accent is Australian. Not every Australian has a real strong accent like Steve Irwin had. The strong Aussie accent can be a bit annoying but a toned down one I think is nice.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:45 AM
 
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I think Russell Crowe has a nice accent. I know he was born in NZ but his accent is Australian.
I hear the Kiwi influence....
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:54 AM
 
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There's something about the Australian accent that I find very annoying. It sounds far too informal. And the pronunciation of words bears absolutely no resemblances to how they're actually spelled.

Sounds cheap and lacks finesse
You find the Aussie accent intimidating because its too informal?

I like the slightly "sing song" cadence and rising inflection that marks the Australian and (some) Canadian accents. In contrast, to me its the end of sentence "down tone" and determined pronunciation of each and every word distinctly that stands out in US, British and Kiwi accents.

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Old 01-24-2014, 01:04 AM
 
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The Australian accent sounds really British/English to me. Then again, I'm an American and well if I were to hear someone from South Africa or Australia, I would think they're British.
So how do you know if they are from Australia or South Africa?

But point taken; perceptions are interesting.

I remember watching a video of Eleanor Roosevelt for the first time - it took a long time for me to be convinced she was American and born in New York, and not British. Similarly Ted Kennedy sounded like a strange mix of Irish, Scottish and Northern English, as does the mother character in Two and Half Men.

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Old 01-24-2014, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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The Australian pronunciation that is presented to the world tends to be an exaggeration of how many of us speak. In most of the circles that I move in the accent is there, along with some slang, but nowhere near the overdone stereotypical Aussie.

Most of the way that words are pronounced align more closely with the British pronunciation which one could argue is more "correct" as it originated first........
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Wait, do you know what the word 'intimidating' mean? Well there's no set way to pronounce vowels.

Unless it's a big bloke named Bazza who's out to get you...



Chopper Reid talks to Eric Bana - cutting ears off - YouTube
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
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That's funny, I had 2 people in separate places in the US say that they liked our accent and that is was a "smoother" version of an English accent.
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