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Difference Between New Zealand Accent and Australian Accents

For third parties or people who are not used to hearing the two accents, there can be almost no differences for them. It could be completely impossible to know who an Aussie is and who is from New Zealand if they sat at one table. However, there exist some shifts and differences between the two accents, that it, the New Zealand and Australian.

The most common difference is from the way they pronounce some words. For example, a Kiwi will pronounce the word ‘haich’ with a silent letter ‘H’. Instead, they will read it as ‘aich’. Even though some Aussies also pronounce such words with silent ‘H’, this is common in all Kiwis.

 

What is the Origin of the Australian Accent?

The Australian accent came from an exposure of different dialects during the colonial times. Children who were born during the period during which Australia was a colony of Britain grew up in the midst of the widest range of dialects. The dialects were mainly from South East England, Ireland, and all over the British Isles. As a result, the native-born kids grew up using a new dialect.

Types of Australian Dialects

The Australian accent has three varieties namely:

  1. Broad associated with the late Steve Irwin.
  2. General, associated with the 27th Australian PM, Julia Gillard.
  3. Cultivated, associated with actress Cate Blanchett.

 

Origin of the New Zealand Accent

A five-year study conducted by Physicists from Edinburgh suggest that the accent came from Britain. This is because most of the New Zealand immigrants came from the British Isles. During the immigration, they landed with the British regional dialects.

 

Difference Between New Zealand and Australian Accents

  1. Pronunciation of vowels

The main difference between the two accents is vowel pronunciation. Australian vowels are drawn out while New Zealanders switch such vowels as ‘I’ for something like a ‘u’. An example is pronouncing “fush instead of fish”.

  1. Origin

The Australia accent is believed to have originated from native-born children who spoke a new dialect combining dialects from the British Isles. The Kiwi dialect, on the other hand, came with immigrants who entered New Zealand from Britain.

  1. Composition

The New Zealand accent is spiced with different British dialect inputs while the Australian accent is a mixture of British and American English.

New Zealand Vs. Australia Accents: Comparison Table

 

Summary  of New Zealand and Australian Accents

The term accent refers to a particular way of speaking a language. Many a time, most people confuse the Kiwi and Australian accents. However, it is clear there are certain differences ranging from the origin, vowels pronunciations, and composition.

 


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1 Comment

  1. My observations as a dual Aussie / Kiwi:

    word fish: Kiwi = fush, Aussie = feesh

    word chips: Kiwi = chups, Aussie = cheeps

    word better: Kiwi = bitter, Aussie = bedder

    word Newcastle, NSW: Kiwis and Newcastle residents = “a” as in car: Aussie excluding residents of Newcastle, NSW = “a” as in cat.

    Aussie accent has a much stronger Irish influence rather American English although that may be the same outcome. Australia was much more industrialised so stronger northern England influence while agriculture was mainly pastoral cattle with secondary arable.

    NZ originally had more of an arable agricultural economy and has a southern England accent influence due to strong labourer migration from London and rural southern counties.

    PS: flags cartoon is unbecoming…………..

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