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Hello,

Can anyone tell me how to distinguish British and Australian accent?

I don't have many opportunieties to hear Australian accent but whenever I hear it sounds to me like one of British accents.

What is typical for Australian accent? Is there any easy way to tell the difference?

thanks for any commnets
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Im not sure how to tell u this but all i can say is Australian sounds more hmmm how should i say : little bit funny! Their pronunciation is more hmmm Ah! you can go this address to listen how Australians speak http://www.australianbeers.com/culture/generallingo.htm and more bout their accent! :p
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There is no single English accent. The difference between a northern English Accent (or dialect), such as "Geordie" and the "Cockney" accent is far, far greater than the difference between the Australian and the South East English accent.

The Australian accent does not sound exactly like cockney, no it sounds a bit posher, exactly like the Essex accent, innit.

It is a bit like the difference between Mexican Spanish and the Iberian Spanish. There is a difference but regional Iberian Spanish dialects have far greater differences because the language started there. Catalan is related to spanish and is spoken in North East Spain but is less similar to Southern Spanish than Mexican Spanish is, both in the grammar and spoken accent.
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i used to live in australia for a while (and will soon again Emotion: big smile). two things were particularly obvious to me in the way they pronounce, at once:

first, the "ai", (like fight) as in: mate, make, take, they...

then, the "oi" (like in choice) for e.g. "no", "tomorrow" which goes more like "noi", "tomorroi"

(this is of course not a 100% exact rendition with just those two letters)

I found that the british actually, depending which region they are from, have that too in a way, esp. the "ai", but that "oi" - thing is a little different. in oz the sound goes up to the "i" ("ee"), in britain more down to the "ou"
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The two accents are a bit different, but it's easy to mix them up. It seems that Australians get their accents from the brits when they used Australia as an island for a debters prison. British sounds a bit more civilized and clipped. Sometimes it's easier to understand as well. Australians have a stronger accent but what you want to watch for is when they have vowels at the end of their sentences. Especially with o's. They add a sort of r-ish sound at the end. If you have a chance, then listen to them say things like "no" and "hello". Its very interesting acctually.
One thing I've heard (all?) British people do is say a long "O" like "eh-O", as in words like "no" spoken "neh-O." Australians always say long "O" with an "ah" or "ae" sound in front of the "O."

words like "no" sound like "nah-O", "nah-y-O" or "nah-O-yih."

*I'm a Canadian, so I cannot say from personal experience, but this is what I've heard from talking to other Australians about their accent.
Australian accents differ significantly from region to region, much like they do in England. People from Queensland often have the very strong nasal stereotypically Australian accent that you see depicted in media. People from New South Wales, Victoria, Canberra and possibly also Tasmania often have a slightly less strong variant. They also typically pronounce many vowels much shorter than an Englishman, even if they don't have a think Australian accent. This is particularly prominant in words like graph and dance. South Australia, which was not convict settled, was influenced more by the middle-class English, and hence South Aussies typically have a much more English sounding accent than people from most other areas in Australia, although it still retains a distinctive Aussie ring to it. Vowel pronunciation is also much longer than in other areas of Australia, and more closely resembles the typical English pronunciation. Much the same can be said of those from Western Australia. People from the Northern Territory are different again because of the heavy Aboriginal influence. A lot of the Aboriginal slang and pronunciation has permiated the local dialect, but will usually be strongest in those of Aboriginal descent.
Having lived in Australia for 35 years, and having learned British English there (the Austalian accent proved to be too difficult), I can only stick to my initial view, which was: Speak British English through slightly clenched teeth, and you get an approximation of how the accent should sound. As for fine examples of Australian Common Speech, listen to Australian Parliament on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
You can always tell if a short i sounds like "ee". For instance the word "bin" would sound like "bean". Also, Aussies use the back of their throat to say vowel sounds...like o would sound like it has a y after it. A long I sounds like "oii" (but more subtle). Also, a lot of Aussies pronounce their Ts like the Americans do, unlike the British, who either pronounce them clearly or not at all.
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