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Stoneage Dinosaur
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For generations of globetrotting New Zealanders it has always been a question to answer through gritted teeth: "Which part of Australia are you from?"

Now, though, the non-antipodean world may finally be able to tell the difference between the Kiwi and Aussie accents - thanks to a new compendium of New Zealand slang.

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That word 'skite' is in everyday use, meaning to boast, or a boastful person, and comes from an old British word 'blatherskite' which I don't believe you would hear any more in its homeland
I can think of at least one snopester who might disagree with this [Wink]

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Tarquin Farquart
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There's quite a few Australians and New Zealanders living in my area. It's hard to describe it in words, but the New Zealand vowels are different.

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I agree with that. The Kiwi accent seems...broader somehow. Well, that's my experience from watching scores of Aussie and Kiwi films, anyway.

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To an Aussie, the difference is really obvious. Especially in a short "i", as in "fish and chips". It sounds like a Kiwi is saying "fush and chups". Of course, as a Kiwi once told me, it sounds to them like we say "feesh and cheeps".
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Funny how we who live in the locale can pick whether someone is a Kiwi or an Aussie by their accent instantly, but would struggle to differentiate between say, an American or Canadian accent.

The biggest giveaway would be to get one of us to pronounce the word 'sheep'. An Australian would say it with a long 'e-e-e' in the middle whilst a New Zealander would pronounce it 'darling'

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Damian
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The number 6 can also be used as a shibbaleth. Kiwis pronounce it (to Aussie ears) as "sex". They also say "pen" when they mean "pin" and vice versa.


ETA: And they support the All-Blacks.

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It's all about vowels.

As Damian says, Kiwis will say "pin" (to rhyme with tin) when they mean "pen", but not quite the same in reverse. When they want to say "pin" it will sound like the second half of the word "happen".

By the way, when they say "happen" it will sound more like "heppen".

And when they say "cool" it will sound like "cole".

We Aussies, on the other hand, tend to draw out vowel sounds. We pronounce the word "true" with a long "o" sound - "trooe", where Americans tend to shorten the vowel - "tru".

Some parts of Australia (Western Australia - I'm looking at you!) will get two syllables out of a single syllable word.

eg. Pronouce "beer"
Sydney sider - beeh
Western Australian - bee-ah
American - beerrr


ETA: Some Aussies also have this appalling habit of pronouncing the number 17 as "seven-neen".

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Although we think the South African accent is unique (but not necessarily easy on the ear), I found a lot of people in the UK couldn't tell the difference between us and the Kiwi accent.

I think we are like the Kiwis, except even more so.

(and no, Seth Effricans do not all sound like Charlize Theron)

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I found a lot of people in the UK couldn't tell the difference between us and the Kiwi accent.
I would say that in this case, and all similar, we are talking about people who have little experience listening to either accent, once the human ear (most human ears) develop a familiarity with an accent they rarely confuse it with another unless they are genuinely phonetically similar.

For instance, people who drink in London bars north of the river quickly familiarise themselves with Aussie, Kiwi and SA accents becasue if they don't, they ain't getting a drink.

"Gin and Tonic please"

"You want some arse with that?"

"How dare you!"

"No, no, arse cubes..."

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Originally posted by Drainfluid:
Although we think the South African accent is unique

although it does seem to be very similar to the Zimbabwean accent, from my experience.

I'd be suprised if a Londoner couldn't tell the difference between, Aus, Kiwi & Safa.

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Originally posted by wee wifey:
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Originally posted by Drainfluid:
Although we think the South African accent is unique

although it does seem to be very similar to the Zimbabwean accent, from my experience.


...same with Namibia, the white population anyway.

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Some parts of Australia (Western Australia - I'm looking at you!) will get two syllables out of a single syllable word.

eg. Pronouce "beer"
Sydney sider - beeh
Western Australian - bee-ah
American - beerrr

And for those of us in Queensland it's XXXX cause we are too dumb to spell beer apparantly. Don't forget that a kiwi put their beer in a chilly bin( eskie) and wears their jandals( thongs) when drinking said beer.

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To morph an old line about Canadians and Americans:
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What's the fastest way to find out the difference between an Australian and a New Zealander?

Just tell the New Zealander there is no difference.


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Damian
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Originally posted by Jay Tea:
"Gin and Tonic please"

"You want some arse with that?"

"How dare you!"

"No, no, arse cubes..."

Reminds me of a comic strip I saw depicting an Aussie and a Pom being chased by a polar Bear. The Pom yells at the Aussie: "You idiot! I said Kick him in the ice hole!"

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I once asked a woman who was working at my local nursery (plants, not children [Wink] ) if she was from New Zealand. Her face lit up with joy and she said yes, most people asked her if she was from Australia. I explained that the parents of one of my students were from NZ and I had just guessed it because her accent seemed more like theirs than an Australian one. I think I made her day, though.

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I remember meeting someone in working in a pub in north Norfolk & was unsure of their accent. It seemed to be a blend of New Zealand & Canadian, & was surprised they were from South Africa. Most South Africans I've heard have spoken with a Afrikaans influenced accent. She admitted most people assumed she was from America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
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I remember meeting someone in working in a pub in north Norfolk & was unsure of their accent. It seemed to be a blend of New Zealand & Canadian, & was surprised they were from South Africa. Most South Africans I've heard have spoken with a Afrikaans influenced accent. She admitted most people assumed she was from America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
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It's simple. If they talk funny, they're a Kiwi. Otherwise they're an Aussie.

I don't expect such subtle distinctions anyway; nearly everyone I meet here assumes that I'm a Pom.

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If you are a Pom, then your accent isn't an issue; you can simply turn up and speak in a commanding voice and people will do as you say and respect you for it to boot...
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Originally posted by Penny:
It's simple. If they talk funny, they're a Kiwi. Otherwise they're an Aussie.


Heh [Smile] So, how do you pronounce "beer" Penny - be honest!

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The most effective way to distinguish Kiwis from Aussies in Australia is to look at the person's achievements. If they are successful, we call them Aussies!

(Shout-out to Sam Neill, Russell Crowe, Neil Finn etc)

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A joke seen on usenet (not original with me):
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A bloke went into a fish shop and asked for some "fush 'n chups."

"Are you a Kiwi?" asked the shop owner.

The New Zealander was getting sick and tired of this so he spent the next three months at an elocution class. He finally returned to the shop and asked in perfect English for some "fish and chips."

"Er, you're a Kiwi, eh?"

"How the hell did you know that?"

"Because this has been a hardware shop for the past two months."

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Originally posted by SatansHobbit:
Funny how we who live in the locale can pick whether someone is a Kiwi or an Aussie by their accent instantly, but would struggle to differentiate between say, an American or Canadian accent.

The biggest giveaway would be to get one of us to pronounce the word 'sheep'. An Australian would say it with a long 'e-e-e' in the middle whilst a New Zealander would pronounce it 'darling'

[fish]

Damn, I got beat to the NZ sheep joke!

So I'll throw in a Scots joke instead.

Why do Scotsmen wear the kilt?

... because sheep have learned the sound of a zipper.

[fish]

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As a Canadian in England I was very used to being mistaken for an American but I was surprised when I was mistaken for an Aussie or Kiwi or South African - all of which happened on a few occasions.

I realise that, to me, I don't *have* an accent so I'm wondering - do Canadians really sound similar to the last 3 I mentioned? Because I don't "hear" it at all.

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Speaking as an Aussie, no. To me, Canadians sound more like Americans than like anyone else. I used to be able to reliably pick a Canadian accent from an American accent, but I haven't had to in a while and I've probably lost the knack.

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I can't pick a generic US accent from a generic Canadian either. If the accent is at least somewhat regional I'm pretty good, otherwise, hey we all sound alike to me [Wink]

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I could probably pick a Newfie in a crowd. Apart from that... the Canadians are the polite ones [Wink]

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Pointing out the joke [because the world apparently doesn't revolve around the South Pacific...] which is that Sam, Russ, and Neil, uh, ARE New Zealanders [lol]

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Originally posted by Damian:
The most effective way to distinguish Kiwis from Aussies in Australia is to look at the person's achievements. If they are successful, we call them Aussies!

(Shout-out to Sam Neill, Russell Crowe, Neil Finn etc)



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When my family and I visited New Zealand for three weeks in 1990, we had a terrible time understanding the locals. The vowels are quite different from Australian. A waitress asked if we wanted "Kyke" and we said, "No dessert thanks, just a burger". She said, "No, no, Kyke, Kyke...Kyke-a Kyla". And so it went. By the end of the three weeks we not only understood the natives, we sounded like them! On the plane the flight attendant asked, "Are you eye-kye?" and I replied, "Yis."

And don't get me started about "Seth Efreekan"! Our town has immigrant doctors whose "ekseent" is so strong that we have no idea what we're dying of!

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I could probably pick a Newfie in a crowd. Apart from that... the Canadians are the polite ones
Oh yeah well NFBSK you! [Big Grin]

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