AUSTRALIAN vs BRITISH ACCENTS - Different Types & Sounds+ Typical Slang Expressions!
Everybody loves gold, right? From the Gold Coast of Australia to the shimmering gold of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
Hello it's Jon your pronunciation and accents coach and right here you can get a better British accent. Yes, today we are looking at the British vs Australian (or Aussie) accents through slang and everyday expressions. Plus, at the end of the video I’ll show you my Top TV Tip. Here’s a clue - I’ve already mentioned it - but alright I’ll show you my TV tip at the end.
Now, today I really want to focus on slang and everyday expressions as there are some really interesting similarities and differences between British and Australian slang as you’ll find out.First though, let’s take a look at the different kinds of accents on offer.
There are three main Australian accents: the most popular is the General Australian English (spoken by someone like Hugh Jackman) and as the name suggests it’s standard or general, Then you have the broad Australian accent - just like Steve Irwin spoke or someone who’s spent a lot time in the Outback or the bush) and you have the Cultivated Australian accent which is a bit like Mainstream RP or even the Transatlantic accent (like the actors Geoffrey Rush or Cate Blanchett speak. On the British side, I’ll be speaking in my regular Southern British English (SBE) which is pretty standard I would say.. If you want to find out more about British accents then I have done plenty of other British accent videos - check the links in the description.
So, a feature of accent that clearly separates them are the vowel sounds. The general rule is in Australian English - the longer and more diphthong-like the vowel sound - the broader the accent. In broad Australian English you get these long vowel sounds which are much looser than in British English. Think of the very word Australian and you can hear the difference.
By the way, you could hit the like button if you love the Australian accent and Australia, just like I do!
I’m going to show you the Australian expression on one side and the British equivalent or what I would say on the other side. Plus, I’ll give you some context where necessary. I’ll try my best at the Aussie accent as well. Alright?
So let’s kick off with the greetings. When Australians say g’day, I might say hello, alright?
When an Australian says mate - I might also say mate or matey. Pretty similar right? Plus, the similarities between both places is that it is very colloquial. So, don’t say it unless you really know someone well.
You could combine the two phrases and say g’day mate in Australian or alright mate in British English.
When an Australian says bloody oath! I might say too right! This is used to agree with someone.
When an Australian says It’s a ripper! I might say It’s a beauty! Let’s say you are digging for gold and you find the gold nugget that you’ve been longing for. Then you could say, it’s a ripper or it’s a beauty!
Fair dinkum! In Australian English means the real deal or genuine. I might say the real McCoy - like ‘that fortune teller is the real McCoy’.
When an Australian says far out! They mean something is great, unbelievable.This is an interesting one as it apparently comes from the jazz world and then entered the surfers vocabulary. In British English you can say something is bonkers.
No worries -and it means no problem or that’s alright. Australians love saying this one! I would probably say ‘ don’t worry about it’.
Rack off - in Australian English basically means - go away! A good British equivalent is bugger off.
Tucker - in Australian English means food. Now because it’s informal the British equivalent could be nosh. E.g. ‘I’ve bought lots of nice nosh for tonight’
Crickey is Australian for being surprised. I might say - Blimey, look out!” but we also do use crickey in British English with the same meaning..
Reckon - is used in Australian English to mean I think. It’s also used the same way in British English. You could say ‘I reckon Youtube will just keep on growing’.
Mozzie is what Australians call a mosquito.
Now, as you can see here Australians like to shorten their words by changing the ending of the word.
Some other examples are -Australians would say barbie, whereas I would say barbeque. There is also Brekky for breakfast and biccy for biscuit.
We also have arvo in Australian English whereas I would say afternoon. And Australians could also say defo where I would simply say definately.
So, you can see that there is a lack of formality running through Australian expressions to make them easier to say but also less formal.
Dunny - in Australian English is the toilet. I could say loo (neutral) or bog (slang).
And finally, how can we miss bloody or bloody? We both love this expression to emphasis what we are saying. That’s bloody great - bloody Nora.
Top TV Tip
Alright , now my top TV tip today is a really interesting reality series called Aussie Gold Hunters. It’s a fascinating look at gold prospectors who are in search of that elusive gold nugget. Now, these aren’t city types so you will hear a pretty broad Australian accent and loads of the expressions we have done today were featured in the series. I literally dug out these slang phrases from the series.
If you want to see what life in the deep Australian bush is like then go and check out Aussie Gold Diggers, available on the Discovery Channel and Netflix. Link to the trailer as always in the description below.
And my friends, that’s it for today I hope you had a whale of a time and do comment on anything connected with today’s video. I’d love to hear from you.
But for now stay connected and have a bloody good time. See you!
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