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5 Mistakes ALL CHINESE Make When Learning Australian English!

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东南西北人 发表于 2015-10-22 21:11:40 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Mistake 1: Being too American!
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When trying to master the Aussie accent, it doesn't help if you've been bringing up with VOA (Voice of America) every day. When coming to Australia, a lot of Chinese speakers will bring an American-English accent with them. For example, Chinese speakers sometimes try to add an "OMG" into every possible sentence. Although some of Aussies may use this term, it most likely means that they've spent too much time watching trashy American TV during high school...and just sounds a bit forced.

Mistake 2: Thinking that a question ends in a neutral tone!
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Being a Chinese speaker, you will be used to ending a yes-or-no question in the neutral tone 'ma'(吗). But here in Australia, you can turn any statement into a question by a rising intonation at the end. Even one word can become a question; for example, "dinner", said with a rising intonation, takes on a new meaning: would you like to have dinner? "You like oranges", with rising intonation on the word oranges, becomes "do you like oranges?". Raising your tone at the end of a statement can be said to be the Australian equivalent to 'ma'(吗).

Mistake 3: Thinking that you can memorise the Aussie slangs and idioms!
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If you're the type that loves memorising textbooks and you think you've found the greatest book full of Aussie slang and idioms, don't do it. Sure, have a read for exposure, but there is nothing worse than a non-native speaker adding an Aussie idiom in the wrong context. You can read about them to understand their meaning but it is always best to employ the assistance of an Australian if you would like to learn how to use an idiom or slang in your own speech.

Mistake 4: Thinking that saying "G'day mate" with an ocker accent is the way all Australians speak!
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Not too many young Australians these days actually say "G'day mate" in everyday conversation, so wait until you're addressed that way to reply with "G'day". In fact, stereotypical Aussie slang will often be used mockingly.

Mistake 5: Hanging out in Chinatown all the time!
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Hanging out in Chinatown on the weekend with your Chinese mates may be comfortable---and feel like it's curing your homesickness---but try to get out and experience some Aussie culture. Getting out of your comfort zone will be rewarding and help to improve your English and Australian accent. Making some local friends and getting invited to a barbeque on the weekend, or going have a beer with someone after class...it's all about immersion, so getting yourself immersed! You didn't come to Australia to learn Chinese! When you're told to "bring a plate" to that barbeque; make sure that it's a plate of food to share, not an empty plate! These are the things that you will learn from experience, not in Chinatown!

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mikelu 发表于 2015-10-23 00:13:46 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 三T上人 于 2016-7-22 16:41 编辑 <br /><br />

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davidlau1976 发表于 2015-10-23 08:01:59 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 三T上人 于 2016-7-22 16:41 编辑 <br /><br />

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zspkd 发表于 2015-10-23 11:52:57 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 三T上人 于 2016-7-22 16:41 编辑 <br /><br />西方人对这5点都有微词吧!

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