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Tutorial: Speaking Australian!

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Whilst Australia prides itself in its multiculturism, with over 80 languages spoken, the predominant language spoken in Australia is basic English, but as with other countries, there is a distinct and sometimes colourful local variation. It is helpful to understand all the variants, but it is not necessary to survive your stay here. Some people may even take delight in the discomfort of a foreign visitor struggling to make sense of a conversation, but as a whole, we are pretty friendly and most of the time we do go out of our way to steer tourists in the right direction.

Unlike other countries where there are regional accents, the only accents you will find here are those of the upper, middle and working classes, sometimes exaggerated if you are at a social function, but even here you should not find a problem.

Be warned, unless you are absolutely sure of a phrase, do not use it. Slang used in America or England may not mean the same as over here. In fact quite the opposite can be the case with much resultant embarrassment, so be careful. With all of its unique and mostly delightful idioms, the language remains basically English.

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