The Australian accent is unlike any other in the world. While you may be able to understand English reasonably well, you might be a little shocked when you arrive by the unusual way we talk. This is because when studying English in your home country, chances are you were learning with the English or American accent. If you want to master the unusual Aussie accent before you arrive, there are a few different ways to get the hang of our way of speaking.
Listen to Aussie radio
Before you arrive, try listening to Australian radio stations throughout the day. Simply have them playing in the background while you go about your day. Australia has some pretty cool music, and some great radio stations playing it, most of which can be streamed online. If you don’t know where to start, head over to TuneIn Radio to browse and stream their many stations. Or you can check out Triple J, Australia’s biggest alternative music station (and Spiible’s favourite!).
Watch Australian films
Watching Australian films and TV shows is a great way to not only learn the Australian Accent, but also learn more about our history and culture. We have many iconic films that are a must-watch for Australians, so why not check them out for yourself. Take a look at Gallipoli (directed by Peter Weir), Red Dog (directed by Kriv Stenders) and The Castle (directed by Rob Sitch).
Watch accent tutorials
YouTube is full of tutorials, and you can start to refine your Australian accent by watching them. Have a search for Australian accent tutorial and straight away you will see hundreds of videos of people teaching you how to perfect the accent. Gareth Jameson is one of my personal favourites. Even see if you can find some video blogs from Australians, so you can hear everyday Australians ramble on about nothing (it’s a whole lot of fun!).
These are just a few ways to start picking up our accent. If you have any of your own techniques, we’d love to hear them! The more you immerse yourself in our way of speaking before you arrive, the more confident you will feel communicating once you are here!
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!