Okay let’s be real here. As much as I’d love to claim this blog has viewers world-wide (well it does, but like, two) about 99% of you lovely readers are Canadian. Which is excellent, because I know you’ll agree whole-heartedly with me when I say that Australian accents are amazing.
If I had to guess I’d say about 95% of the world outside of Australia can’t help but melt when they hear that distinct twang. I’m certainly included. That’s why I was thrilled when I got the chance to talk with a friend of mine last night who happens to be Australian!
Mel and I met while I was backpacking Europe last summer—and we had some pretty hilarious times. I haven’t seen/heard her since then, and I was kind of forgetting what the accent even sounded like. That in mind, it was no trouble at all for me to engage in a 3-hour Skype session.
From “hello”—adorably pronounced something like “hello-ruh”—I swooned. You should have heard it. I should have recorded some to play for you, but I was captivated. Next time. Promise. Maybe.
As nerdy as it might sound, it was pretty cool talking to someone in Australia. It was like talking into the future.
And they say some things pretty funnily.
The first thing I learned that I should tell you—don’t you dare pronounce Australia how you’ve been doing it. Don’t you dare. It’s not pronounced aw-stralia, no; it’s pronounced us-TRAYlia. Key difference there. Oh, and Melbourne? Not mel-born. Mel-bin. Yes. So Melbourne, Australia, should sound like Melbin, UsTRAYlia.
There ya go. You’re getting it.
Next, they have some words they say that are pretty funny. One of the ones I can remember is “I reckon”. Now, if you’re like I used to be, you probably immediately pictured some redneck from the deep south. Well, when Australians say it—at least, this Australian, anyways—it’s amazing. They use it kind of to mean “to think”. Like, I say something, she responds “oooh, you reckon?” Hahahaha. Awesome. Another thing—they call toques beanies. Isn’t that strange?
Hmm. What else?
Oh. You’ve probably heard the phrase “let’s throw some shrimp on the babby (babby being the Australian pronunciation of “barby”, short for “barbeque”, short for “BBQ”)”—but that’s wrong, as I was informed immediately after saying it in my best accent. Which was about 30 seconds after meeting Mel.
It’s actually “let’s throw some PRAWN on the babby”. Yeah. Now you know.
Another thing. Australians love this stuff called Vegemite. And apparently it is a thing, because Microsoft Word recognizes it as a thing. From what I can gather, this Vegemite stuff is a really salty, meaty paste-like stuff that only native Australians like. Mel tells me that foreigners try it and SOMETIMES THEY PUKE. Then she followed that up by insisting that I try some sometime. Sigh. Did I mention it’s made from yeast extracts? Sigh x 2.
Seriously, I love Australians—this one especially. But it also sucks, because their delightful accent gives them such an advantage. Canadian girls, y u no have accents?
Just kidding. You guys are pretty okay too. As far as women go, anyways.
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