“don’t let me bore you with my knowledge of New Zealand…”

     (NB May be some coarse language…and I don’t mean when they quote Australians…)

I have yet to understand how our accents can be so different.

I watched a whole documentary once. On the plane. To New Zealand.

It answered not my questions. It was an hour long exercise in finding different ways to say

we have no idea

why the New Zealand accent is as it is

(Just between us, my husband was pretty excited when the air hostess started talking about “door sex”.  He thought we had, indeed, found the most welcoming country on the planet.

“Door six” the person next to us so helpfully pointed out…)

When checking out of our hotel in Auckland I had to ask my husband to translate,

my American husband to his Australian wife.

I am not proud of this fact. But it is what it is.

(I mean, my ear was filled with Americanese, because we lived there. And, well, my husband speaks it.)

He is better with languages anyway…


23 thoughts on ““don’t let me bore you with my knowledge of New Zealand…”

  1. Door sex, this has me still giggling. I have similar problems with my trouble and strife. Mrs D is a cockney and I hail from the North of England, we both have translators. Big question for the weekend Vanessa- Rugby League or Rugby Union?

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    1. Oh, so you understand being in a bi lingual marriage? 😉
      That is a big question indeed, but for the eastern states. Where we live, it’s Australian Rules Football, AFL. Different culture. I could ask my brother, though, what he does, as he follows Rugby (he’s in Canberra).

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  2. and did you notice they speak in a lower register? Or is it just me? I had a tough time when I worked there, and their affinity of shortening and mashing up names drove me nuts, I could never figure out who they were referring to sometimes. interesting things we notice when we travel away from home and the familiar – nice post!

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    1. That’s interesting you bring that up…Australians do a lot of those things too. One of the things that always struck me was that American women, generally, speak in a higher register than Aussie women. I think there are a number of contributing factors to this, but you are one of the first people I have come across to bring that up! 🙂 But it has always intrigued me.
      How long did you work there?

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      1. I was there for about 4 months, short stint though would have liked to stay longer. Yes they do speak in lower register and I am used to higher pitched voices, in Asia Chinese especially is very high octave! I was ok with the Australians though, worked with a few in Malaysia as well as in Canada, but the Kiwi’s were my biggest challenge – I basically had to lip read at times!! But there’s a gentleness to it too, not all bad. Very soothing voices that matched the country they lived in, so little noise pollution probably encourages the lower register!!

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        1. I agree about the noise pollution! America has a different energy, an urgency and a different “noise”, I got the sense people were trying harder to be heard. I found that after living there for 10 years my voice had also changed.

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          1. So you speak more like an American now? In accent or pitch? I would think the Australian accent is so hard to shake off, I watched The Sullivans growing up and loved the different way they spoke to my ears at that time, having never really heard other accents than American and British on TV. Since then I have lived in many countries and also grew up listening to many languages and dialects each one with its own tone and timber, I am not sure what I sound like these days! Though I have often been mistaken for a South Afrikaans whilst in New Zealand. there’s huge population of the whites from Zimbabwe etc who also add to that lower register in Auckland especially.

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            1. How fascinating! I am sure you would have lots of interesting stories.
              When we were in Colorado, I worked in a pre school and I found I had to change the way I spoke to make it easier for teaching etc. And apparently, after our last trip there, people thought I came home sounding more American again. So I think I definitely sound Australian, it’s just the way I say a few particular words perhaps. And my voice has definitely lowered again.
              That is interesting you have been mistaken that way, I have always been intrigued by that accent, there are definite similarities to the NZ accent.

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              1. And I think if we had a coffee share we would never run out of things to say, lots of interesting conversations too. And when I speak in a different language, my tone of voice and chatter speed changes too! Amazing observations I find all of a sudden! Yes lots of SA influence in and around Auckland, North Shore and Tauranga. Less in the South Island I noticed. Always a pleasure chatting with you!

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  3. Such a great post!!! Loved the “Door Sex” Too funny! Yes, I often feel sorry for those from Europe who have to deal with the fact that we in the U.S.A. are lazy with words. We use the same sounding word for more than one thing – pain, pane, pear, pair, ail, ale etc. Really enjoyed your post.

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  4. I think Jemaine had the best description of the difference between Australian and New Zealand accents after he woke up next to an Australian woman after a night of drinking. Brett: What’s her accent like? Jemaine: It’s sort of an evil version of our accent.

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