Pronunciation tips to be better (bet-ta) understood.
By Joleen Booth
Go on, admit it. Everybody loves the sound of an Aussie accent but very few get it spot on. Say these 10 words right and you’re well on your way to sounding just like a local. Maybe event more 'true blue' than Paul Hogan himself. Yeah, nah.
The wrong way: ah-sssee
The right way: oz-zee
Tip: Turn your ‘s’ into ‘z’ and you’ve got it.
The wrong way: mel-borne
The right way: mel-ben
Tip: Remember Brangelina? Now, imagine Melissa McCarthy and Ben Affleck were the next 'it couple'.
The wrong way: kaw-fee
The right way: cough-ee
Tip: Coffee is an obsession here. You’ll have lots of opportunities to practice.
The wrong way: bon-dee
The right way: bond-eye
Tip: Like, Bond in GoldenEye.
The wrong way: gid-day-mayte
The right way: geh-day-meight
Tip: Now blend it together and say it fast. Now faster. Now faster still. Now faster than the Flash.
The wrong way: this-after-noon
The right way: s-arvo
Tip: Roll it together and say it fast. And remember, we abbreviate everything. Afternoon = Arvo, MacDonalds = Maccas, Breakfast = Brekky. You get the drift.
The wrong way: pro-deuce
The right way: prod-juice
Tip: Say this wrong and nothing will make you stand out more.
The wrong way: bris-bayne
The right way: briz-ben
Tip: Another example of the ‘s’ to ‘z’ swap.
The wrong way: dol-lar
The right way: dol-la
Tip: Easy done by dropping the ‘r’ and adding an ‘a’. We do this a lot!
The wrong way: shrimp
The right way: There’s just no right way to say that one. Use prawn instead.
Tip: Throw a shrimp on the barbie? Said no one, in Australia ever.
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