Australian and American English – 6 Confusing Words

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This blog post is for sharing a short video about six words which have different meanings in Australian and American English. Enjoy!

Continue reading to see the video on YouTube and a transcript of the video.

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Where did Australia get its name? (Video)

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Here is a video about how Australia got its name and why it is called Down Under.

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The Vocabulary of Mobile Phones

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This article is a summary of vocabulary I have taught on the topic of smart phones.

A mobile phone a telephone with access to a cellular network  system so it can be used over a wide area, without a physical connection to a network.   Before mobile phones there were land-line phones. In Australia we call it a “mobile” and in America they call them cell-phones.

A smart phone is a mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, Internet access, camera, and an operating system capable of running downloaded apps (programs downloaded from the Apple iStore or Google Play). A user needs to find a service provider and a plan of which there are many kinds – prepaid, SIM Only, or a monthly plan. Often there is a contract which includes the purchase of the phone.

The main service providers in Australia are Telstra, Optus, Virgin and  Vodaphone . Do you use another provider? Let me know in the comments.

What do you call smart phone in other languages?   keita-denwa (Japanese),  handphone 핸드폰 Handeupon  (Korean),  teléfono móvil (Spanish),  cellular (Portuguese).

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How to increase your English vocabulary

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As you learn English you face the big challenge of learning and remembering new words and expressions.

How can you increase your vocabulary and become a great communicator in English?

The best strategy is to be exposed to a variety of English through reading, listening and speaking;  writing down new words to help you remember then using these new words in your daily life.

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How to speak Australian – abbreviate everything!

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How to speak Australian? Abbreviate everything!  In this video I share the video by hijosh with a transcription of all the words.

I often show this video to my students. The word list and following questions can be used in an ESL lesson.

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British, Australian and North American English. What’s the difference?

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:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Pronunciation differences
  3. Spelling differences
  4. Grammar differences

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