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Old 05-15-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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How someone could not tell the difference is beyond me. They are poles apart.
If someone isn't speaking with a Broad accent (or one of the funny new "posh accents" )
it might take me a few sentences before I can tell if they are Brit or Aussie...
and my ability to distinguish is mostly because of my exposure to the General Australian accent through the internet.

I have an even harder time distinguishing if someone is Kiwi or British, as there are many kinds of UK accents.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Since Christmas in Australia was mentioned...

Now that I remember that Christmas is in summer Down Under,
perhaps that is the main reason why roasting turkeys at Christmas are NOT a tradition in Oz or NZ,
while they are in England as well as North America.

*When not long ago most people did not have air-con...
I can now imagine the limited-appeal of running one's oven for 6-8 hrs.
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Since Christmas in Australia was mentioned...

Now that I remember that Christmas is in summer Down Under,
perhaps that is the main reason why roasting turkeys at Christmas are NOT a tradition in Oz or NZ,
while they are in England as well as North America.

*When not long ago most people did not have air-con...
I can now imagine the limited-appeal of running one's oven for 6-8 hrs.
I'm not sure of the proportion of roast dinners versus cold seafood lunch is, but a lot of people I talk to do the roast dinner. I hardly ever come across someone who does the cold seafood lunch. I might be wrong but it tends to be more middle-aged and older anglo-Australians who do - probably just the tradition for them, growing up in boiling hot aircon-less houses.

The Poms seem to prefer the roast dinner as well. It's just what you prefer, what's custom and tradition for you. For us, we have seafood anytime of the year, and often, so it's not so special. Doing a roast turkey is a bigger deal, not something I'd want to do as often as we make seafood (at least once a week).
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I think it's kind of endearing, but I don't really understand why they inflect their sentences with what sounds like a question. What separates the different accents? Is it each capital city?

I come from Boston though (probably the least appealing accent ever), so I can't really rag on the Aussie accents

Im originally from the Boston area also. If you listen to both accents you will definitely notice one similarity. Both the Aussie and the Boston accent drop the r in our speech pattern. I imagine it is due to both accents and peoples and the regional histories having some ties to the UK.

I like the Australian accent and find it easy to understand. When I lived in Japan I was constantly asked by English speaking people if I was Australian. They were hearing a New England accent and evidently were only familiar with the Australian one.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I'm not sure of the proportion of roast dinners versus cold seafood lunch is, but a lot of people I talk to do the roast dinner. I hardly ever come across someone who does the cold seafood lunch. I might be wrong but it tends to be more middle-aged and older anglo-Australians who do - probably just the tradition for them, growing up in boiling hot aircon-less houses.

The Poms seem to prefer the roast dinner as well. It's just what you prefer, what's custom and tradition for you. For us, we have seafood anytime of the year, and often, so it's not so special. Doing a roast turkey is a bigger deal, not something I'd want to do as often as we make seafood (at least once a week).
What I meant was discovering why the Christmas turkey didn't carry over from England or North America.
I KNOW they do it in England, Mr. Bean gets his head stuck inside a giant turkey.

So you eat a lot of cheap Chinese seafood, or exxy Aussie seafood?
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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So you eat a lot of cheap Chinese seafood, or exxy Aussie seafood?
God no! I can imagine what sort of toxic soup that stuff would come from . I buy Australian seafood all the time, even though it's often pricier. We have to support the locals as much as possible. While it still is possible.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Then there is always the famous one regarding Aussies from back in (I think) the 70s "they're a weird mob" LMAO - and yes, it's true, and we're proud to be.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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Then there is always the famous one regarding Aussies from back in (I think) the 70s "they're a weird mob" LMAO - and yes, it's true, and we're proud to be.
It's also the name of a movie and a novel.

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Queensland
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When I lived in Japan I was constantly asked by English speaking people if I was Australian. They were hearing a New England accent and evidently were only familiar with the Australian one.
Half the population of Japan has been to Cairns, is probably why.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Australian accent is the most beautiful accent in the english speaking countries.

The only thing wrong with Aussie accent is BOGANS.

BOGANS are uneducated and they have ugly accent. They do not represent Australians.
What is the Australian accent btw?

The more I learn about Australian accents,
the stronger the variations and differences I notice among individual Australians
and the more generically-British a lot of their sounds really are, imho.
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