As an Australian born English teacher I am often asked by my students to teach them about Australian English and slang. This document explains the main features of Australian English (AusA) and compares to British English (BrE) and North American English (NAmE).
The differences between all three varieties of English can be found in four main categories:
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as “Euro-English“.
In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the”k”. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.
A big challenge for people learning English is remembering the many common irregular verbs. Native speakers probably don’t think about how verb tenses are made. Irregular verbs can be confusing! Swim, Swam, Swum – Read, Read, Read – Go, Went, Gone.
The purpose of this post is to share an A4 sized chart I made of 147 irregular verbs, Click the link to download the PDF: Irregular Verb list PDF file
Did you know the most common irregular verbs are be, do, have, go, get, say, see, think, make, take, come and know?
I Still Call Australia Home is a song by Peter Allen, recorded in 1980. Allen sings of Australian expatriates’ longing for home. Watch the video, follow the lyrics and see the famous Qantas commercial which used this song.