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    Default Aussie difficulties with American English?

    Can any Aussies out there say whether or not they have difficulties understanding English as spoken by Americans or Canadians?

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    Texan language is bizarre and everyone has difficulty trying to understand George Bush.

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    Those difficulties are perfectly normal, and they are encountered in both directions... When I was in college (Boston) the Astronomy department had a professor from Australia give some lectures as guest speaker. At first I thought he was speaking in another language, and after a while I started wondering If I had really learned English (which did not make much sense, given that although English was not my native language, I was going through my senior year at an AmericanCollege). It takes a while to get adjusted to a new pronunciation and new vocabulary



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    I guess what I mean is that Aussies are so much more exposed to American and British English than those groups are to Australian English.

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    The Singapore Prime Minister said that Australian language is very similar to English...We find US easier to understand than northern British dialects. But they are not sure about us. UK calls us /horse-trailia/ and US says we are /arse-trailia/.
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    Funny I call you (and will keep on calling you) Australia. You should not be given other names

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    Humberto is absolutely right Chimera. Your countryís name is Australia .. donít let any body call it names. Tell them to show respect .. you and your country deserve it


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    We call it "Strileya" with nostrils closed and vowels in the front of the mouth, high palatal.

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