Listening to Australians
Trip Start Dec 18, 2011
23Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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"No dramas, mate."
We love talking to Australians. At the end of the conversation, they want you to know it hasn't been a bother for them--so we've heard the expressions above. For the guy who said it was too easy, I took that as a challenge. Next time I'm going to phone him with a stumper. "How ya goin'?" begins every conversation.
I was worried I'd need Rosetta Stone Australian to learn their language, but I've only been stumped a few times: a doona (anybody want to take a guess?), trainers, strine, and fair dinkum. We feel like we're at a bit of an advantage--our summer in England and Ireland helped us with the "traditional" language differences between American English and the other versions
Today while driving between Singleton and Rutherford we saw a sign beside the road: "Dingos. $250." Liam wanted to stop and buy a wild dog. We convinced him the dog might eat him. Remember "The dingoes ate my baby!" ? I'm not sure what dingo you can buy for $250 in the Hunter Valley.
And for Lynda's question. It seems that there are several uses for the word jumper in Australia. There is the sweater definition, but there's also the sheep the wool came from, the ar**, and perhaps more. I'll keep asking.
Australians don't have nicknames for their coins. They have eliminated the one- and two-cent coins, they have fives and tens, twenties and fifties. The one- and two-dollar coins take the place of bills--there aren't any for those amounts. And the two-dollar coin is about half the size of the one-dollar coin--the opposite of what you'd expect. Leanne at the bank thinks it's hilarious that we call our coins pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. She asks me which one is which and giggles.
I think Australians like talking to us. Women of all ages tend to get misty-eyed when Andy or Liam speak--one told me it's so cute to hear children with American accents. Sort of like when we hear tiny children speaking German--we don't expect them to be so good at it!
The photos attached to this blog entry are local photos--the apartment we're living in, the exterior of the house we're going to rent beginning in July, local, ordinary sights.