How Australian English Came To Be
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[24] How Australian English Came To Be

In this episode, I talk about my own variety of English (Australian), how it evolved into what it is today and why it’s the best English variety on earth.


  • American and British English have regional or geographical varieties (e.g. an American from Texas speaks very different to someone from New York).
  • Australian English is different – accents are more related to socioeconomic status.
  • There are 3 varieties of Aussie English – Broad, General and Cultivated.
  • Broad is the most famous and stereotypical accent, used by people like the late, great Steve Irwin (crocodile hunter).
  • Australian English is full of diminutives (shortening of words).
  • Some of the main sources of Aussie English are the Irish, English Cockneys and the Australian aborigines.

Related blog post:

You can read all about Aussie English (and hear samples) in my epic article on the topic.


You can find some great Australian English teachers on italki.

How Australian English Came To Be
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