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Old 04-20-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I started a threat on how the Aussie accent is awhile ago, so thought I'd start another asking what you think of it. Do you like it or not? What is your impression of it? What variety do you prefer?

I think alot of Aussies are kind of a bit embarrassed about the accent, though they shouldn't be, there are worse ones out there (think Kiwi, lol, nah it's got a distinctive charm of it's own). Personally, I take it for granted alot but overall it's not a bad accent. I don't like the 'posher' varieties or the American-British influenced variety alot of teenagers use (dude instead of mate, weakened vowels), but too broad isn't nice either. Mine is pretty much in the middle.

It seems mostly foreigners really gush about the accent, especially Americans, but some of them have a stereotypical idea of what it is.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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As a Swedish guy living in the US, I quite like the Australian accent. I assume this probably SHOULD be in plural as I guess the accent is different in Perth then in Brisbane.

I personally think the word "dude" should be avoided unless you are a "yank"........................... :-)
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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As a Swedish guy living in the US, I quite like the Australian accent. I assume this probably SHOULD be in plural as I guess the accent is different in Perth then in Brisbane.

I personally think the word "dude" should be avoided unless you are a "yank"........................... :-)

There's really not much difference, between the accent in Perth, and the accent in Brisbane. For such a big country, The Australian accent is unusually homogenous and lacks the strong regional/state variations, that you might get in the US, or the UK?

Instead, the three major variations (Broad, General and Cultivated) tend to be influnced by the speakers social or economic background...Though that's not always the case, as you often get a cultivated person, who chooses to speak with a "broad" accent.

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Old 04-20-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Interesting!
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Queensland
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South African accent is better.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The US of A
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I started a threat on how the Aussie accent is awhile ago, so thought I'd start another asking what you think of it. Do you like it or not? What is your impression of it? What variety do you prefer?

I think alot of Aussies are kind of a bit embarrassed about the accent, though they shouldn't be, there are worse ones out there (think Kiwi, lol, nah it's got a distinctive charm of it's own). Personally, I take it for granted alot but overall it's not a bad accent. I don't like the 'posher' varieties or the American-British influenced variety alot of teenagers use (dude instead of mate, weakened vowels), but too broad isn't nice either. Mine is pretty much in the middle.

It seems mostly foreigners really gush about the accent, especially Americans, but some of them have a stereotypical idea of what it is.

You started a threat? Lol! I know what you mean, I just wanted to point that out, I thought it was funny when I first read it.


Back to the topic, yes, I love the accent. But I love just about every accent. I love the variety and uniqueness of them all.


But as far as Australian accent variety goes, I've never really heard any distinct difference in the ones I've heard (tv shows, youtube, etc. Never had the pleasure of meeting an Aussie.).


As far as gushing, I'll admit, I do gush a bit (a lot). But to be honest, the people at school I've talked with about Australian accents say they think it's annoying.

Here's a youtube video I watched a while back and thought was hilarious:


YouTube - Adam Hills - Australian accents
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Of course Aussies are not going to be offended by the Aussie accent, as it is what we have come to expect.
The main regional differences are probably city vs country.
Country folk are more likely to talk slowly, with typical drawl and accentuation on the final word.
Thank God I'm NOT a country boy, a tongue in cheek reference to the late John Denver's song.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:00 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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I like it alot, esp on attractive women
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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The word "dude" is as common here as sand. The NZ accent is wierd. "Anyone for Fesh and Cheps tonight"? .... "be ready by sexteen hundred hours".
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The word "dude" is as common here as sand. The NZ accent is wierd. "Anyone for Fesh and Cheps tonight"? .... "be ready by sexteen hundred hours".
Do you approve/disapprove/don't care?

It annoys me 'dude' is used way more than 'mate.' And have you notice the actual way some of the young'uns pronounce words? 'I haave to gat my moybahl phoyne'.
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