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Australia Language



Language in Australia

Being a multi-cultural continent, Australia does not have one particular official language. Indigenous Australians used to have around 250 languages prior to the arrival of the Europeans.

After having been colonized by the British and immigrated to by too many nations from all over the world, these native languages died one by one. Only a handful of them remains and still spoken to this day. Some of these are the Western Desert language, Warlpiri, Kala Lagaw Ya, Walmajarri, Arrernte, and Fufu.


Now, the land is composed of people speaking different languages from their home countries. Languages that can be heard in Australia include, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), English, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Maltese, Spanish Turkish, and Vietnamese among the many. Actually, almost all languages of the world can be heard every now and then in Australia because a lot of people from all over the world come and go all the time.


Even less popular language are spoken by some minorities in some parts of this continent such as Afrikaans, Hebrew, Scottish Gaelic, Basque, Cham, Western Cham, Indo-Portuguese, Estonian, Latvian and Northern Kurdish.



Of all these foreign languages though, English is the predominant and hence, the de facto language in use. It is safe to safe that almost 90% of the total number of families in Australia speaks English at home.

Most of them are natural English speakers or it is really their second mother language; while the others are just practicing so they can converse fluently with other people outside their homes.
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Although they are they use the same English words, Australian English is different from the American English and can cause some confusion with foreign people who only know common, or by the book, English.

Australian people have unique terms and phrases, and idiomatic expressions that is very different from American English. For example, Aussies refer to the drugstore as the chemist; the liquor store as the bottle shop; the candy as lolly; the comfort room or toilet as the loo; the hood of a car as bonnet; the trunk of a car as boot and so on and so forth.


Or if an Australian friend tells you to shout in a bar, it doesn’t mean you are to yell or literally shout. He’s actually telling you to pay for the next round of drinks. And don’t get offended if someone tells you, “Half your luck!”, because he’s actually congratulating you.

So be careful with your English when you’re in Australia. The English phrase you know may mean completely different and put you in an embarrassing situation. It’s best to use simple English terms and phrases that are sure common to both American and Australian English.



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