“Standardized” Aussie Accent?

Posted in Prose by Sandra on October 7, 2008

Yes, I’ve changed the design – isn’t it easier to read the stuff in blockquotes now?

“Australians are becoming more confident with the standard Australian accent,” according toMr Moore, whose new book istitled Speaking Our Language: The Story of Australian English.

“That means there’s no longer the need for those sorts of extreme sounds.”

Words like “mate” would no longer be pronounced “mite” as some of the unique characteristics of Australian speech disappeared, he added.

— full article here

If this is indeed true, I’d prolly have an easier time understanding them than I was worried about. :P

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  1. Trisha said, on October 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    hmm you still might struggle a little, in the major cities we dont say mate like mite, but maybe you should get thrawn to take you to the country areas of Australia there you will propably still hear mite and you may hear some people say G’day, which in the city areas we rarely do as well

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