4. Do the Accent Tag Test
G’day Mate, Hows it goooiiinnn?
I love travelling. And, I absolutely LOVE meeting people from around the globe and trying to imitate their fabulous accents… (yes, I’m one of those annoying people – we should form a club?!)… As an Australian, my accent has always been a source of entertainment to the foreigners I’ve met. Particularly, my floor mates in residence (in Canada) would always point out how I ‘say things in a funny way’.
I’ve now come to the conclusion that my accent is not the only source of amusement for my international friends… It is the aussie slang that ever so naturally rolls off the tongue… words I don’t even realise are ‘Australian’… for example, ‘out in whoop whoop’… ‘bottle-o’… ‘feral’… etc
One of my new friends kindly pointed out to me that he often has to look up Urban Dictionary to understand what I’m on about… He is convinced I’m speaking a different language. The accent doesn’t help. Accordingly, he suggested a tag test to prove that I ‘say things in a funny way’.
My friend= a HongKonger, who was raised in Canada and lived there for approx 15 years of his life… and now based in HK.
Me= an Australian… Melburnian, through and through, raised and educated in Aus… and now based in HK.
Gather two or more people with different accents/from different places in the world and ask them to say the following:
Small things like this make me laugh. I definitely think that you should try this with your international friends. Of course there are many many more words that could be added to the list – are there any obvious ones that come to mind? Please share!