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    Default The differences between Australian English and American English

    Hello, I would like to know what is the differences between Australian English and American English?
    I want to use this topic as my thesis and I need lots information about it. So, thank you for everyone who wants to help me.

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    Default Re: The differences between Australian English and American English

    I'm no expert on Australian so I can't help you much, but your question reminded me of an Aussie who visited me in college who got the biggest kick out of the word "Herb".

    Here in the US if you use the word with a hard "h" it refers to a name while if yous use it with a silent "h" it refers to a plant. Apparently in Australia it's just the opposite. He may have liked it so much becuase the word is also slang for marijuana (remember this was the 1960s). Anyway good luck with your thesis.

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    Default Re: The differences between Australian English and American English

    May I suggest that you obtain some Aussie slang dictionaries? I got one off Ebay long ago, and I think I've seen some on Amazon.com. Try some Google searches too.

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    Default Re: The differences between Australian English and American English

    Hello Natassya,

    Australians have different ways of saying things, just to name a few:

    Instead of saying flashlight, they say torch. Torch has a completely different meaning in AmE, but to Australians it's just a flashlight.
    I've heard they also say 'the batteries are flat' instead of 'dead' which is how an American would say it.

    It's mostly just phrases or expressions and some words or how they spell things.

    A very common one is 'Realise.' That's the way an Aussie'd spell it; that and pretty much every other similar word, such as generalise, etcetera. They replace the 'z' with an 's.' but I think they do that in UK as well sometimes.

    They do have a really different accent tho. For most part they don't pronounce the 'r's (when in the middle of a word) so it can be a little dificcult to understand them sometimes. At least it is a little hard for me to understand them.

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