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English Accents | American & Australian Pronunciation Differences

English Accents | American & Australian Pronunciation Differences

Hello! I’m Emma from mmmEnglish and in this lesson, I found an American all the way down here in Australia and I thought that I’d use him to show you some of the pronunciation differences between Australian English and American English. You don’t mind if I use you, Allan? Use away! How long have you been in Australia Allan? Two weeks now. Two weeks! And what do you think of it so far? It’s beautiful. Yeah. Actually this is our first rainy day but for most days it’s been really, really nice out here in the west side. Rainy days are good for filming actually! Oh! That’s good, perfect day. Hey, what’s one weird thing that Australians say? Australians say a lot of weird things with slang words. What kinds of things have you heard that have kind of just weirded you out? Maybe if someone said, you know, “Go to the boot and get some bush chooks and we’ll crack a tinnie.” And you’re like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about!” Nobody knows what you’re talking about! What he actually said was can you go to the car, the back of the car, open it, get out a can of beer and open the beer. Drink it. And drink the beer. So we can drink beer. Boot is actually not that weird, that’s just you know, you have a different name in America, right? We just call it a trunk. A trunk. The back of the car in America is called a trunk but here in Australia and in the UK too it’s boot. Yes. You also say some really weird things actually, this morning you said to me “I’m going to go and pet that horse out there.” and I was like “what?” because pet is just like an animal in Australia, like a dog or a cat. Right, right. But you’re using it as a verb like you would – like we say pat, pat the animal and you say pet. Yeah, yeah pet. Yeah. Pet the animal. But my point is that even native English speakers have, you know, sometimes we have words or even pronunciation that we don’t quite understand about each other and you have to sort of piece the puzzle together and that’s definitely what we’ve been doing the last few days, right? Since I met you. Definitely. Piecing it together. Yeah right, piecing it together. Figuring it out. I’m going to, I’ve got some words actually written down here that I want to, I want to test your pronunciation on because I think that the way that you say these words is quite different to the way that we say them here in Australia. So I want to test that out and I want to demonstrate to you guys what that actually, what it looks like or what it sounds like. The different – the difference between the American accent and the Australian accent. So the first one is this one, Allan. How do you say this? That’s hot. Hot. Hot. OK, so we would say hot. So more like oh rather than ah. Yeah so it’s a little bit different – that’s an easy one to start with. What about this one? Going to be very different. We say car. This one, Car. Car. Car. So the main difference there is that Allan pronounces the ‘r’ at the end of this word. You say car. We use the ‘r’, yes. And we just dropped that ‘r’ sound, it’s kind of silent. It’s just ah. Car. Yeah! That’s like, that’s proper Australian accent. Car. All right, what about this one? Bottle. Bottle. Bottle. Now the way that I say bottle is – with T’s. Yeah but it’s not, actually, lots of Australians have the same pronunciation of these two T’s like, like you do and often I say bottle as well. So you instead of pronouncing that T, it’s like a ‘d’ sound, like a lazy D sound. Bottle. Bottle. Yeah. Bottle. Bottle. Yeah that’s pretty good, it’s pretty close. But that’s one similarity between the Australian accent and the American accent – is this double T or even just a single T in the middle of words like a bottle of water. A bottle of water. Yeah, like someone from the UK would say a bottle of water – in a better accent than me. OK, how about this one? Burger. I think the way he says this is hilarious! We say burger but you pronounce this ‘u’ in a different way. Burger. Yes. Bur- Burger. Burger. And I just say burger. OK! Sometimes we’d drop the ‘a’ there, we’ll say garage. Garage? Oh, like that’s really, really soft. Yeah, sometimes it’s garage or sometimes it’s just garage. So the main difference between the American and the Australian or the UK British accent pronunciation of this word is that we would put the stress on the first syllable and we would say ga-rage, garage. And you would say garage so the stress pattern is different for this word. Garage. Garage. OK. Bought. That is not how you say that! Bought. Yes. Bought. It’s pretty similar! Bought. Bought. Yeah it’s pretty similar. Bought. What about this one, then? Daughter. Daughter. Daughter. Daughter or daughter. That’s another good example of that ‘t’. Daughter. How about this one? Aunt. Or aunt. But it’s mostly, I think you hear people say aunt more. Aunt. We say aunt. Aunt. My auntie. Do you say auntie? No, we just say aunt. We don’t really use auntie as much. OK so that’s quite different! Aunt and aunt. How about this one? Entreprenuer. OK so the main difference there is in this last couple of syllables. We say entrepreneur. Oh really? Entrepreneur. Yeah. Now I don’t even know how to say it! Entrepreneur. So you kind of do two syllables at the end here, where we just go entrepreneur or entrepreneur. Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur. That’s a weird word. Entrepreneur. What about.. this is kind of related, this word. Yeah. There’s niche or niche. What do you say? I say niche but maybe I’ve been saying it wrong for a while but I think people say niche though. It’s your niche. Everyone, lots of people in America say niche but everyone outside of America says niche. Is that true? Did you have to look that up? No that’s true! I want to make sure I’m not the only one here. It’s not just you! Lots of Americans say niche and add a ‘t’ sound in there but the rest of the world, the rest of the English-speaking world, says niche. Find your niche. Interesting, very interesting. OK. Caramel. Sorry what? Caramel. We’ll say caramel, caramel apple! Caramel, caramel apple! Yeah. Caramel. Yes it’s very different. Caramel. And I don’t know why it’s caramel, but it’s caramel or people will say it both ways. It’s caramel or caramel. Yeah and even then, – caramel – if you say caramel, you put like a stronger stress on this third syllable, don’t you? Caramel. Yeah -mel. Caramel. OK this one. Mobile. Mobile. Mobile. Mobile. Very different. It’s quite different. But this is like – – you say it correctly. You would normally, you would normally say just cell phone, right? Yeah, we say cell phone. When do you use this word? Like a mobile home, like to move things. Yeah, not like a phone? Right. Right because we would use this for a phone. Even, well actually, I jumped in the ocean with my mobile. You did too! and I went to look for cell phones and it’s like in Australia it’s not really, they just always use mobile phones so I was searching for what’s the best cell phone plan and it’s not how they say it. Oh like you were Google-ing that? Yeah yeah. But if you said that to someone here though, they’d know exactly what you were talking about. Cell phone, mobile phone. Right, right. But if you did say mobile or what do you say? Mobile? Mobile. Mobile. They’d be like ‘what?’. Actually that’s like the petrol company. Yeah we don’t use petrol either, we call it gas. It’s just gas or gasoline. So these are like loads of vocabulary differences between American and Australian English. We’re trying to focus on pronunciation but there’s a whole other lesson in vocabulary for sure! OK what about this one? This one is one of my favorites! It’s very simply said. Aluminium. Aluminium is what we say but actually when I when I looked this up, you guys spell it differently – That’s why! Because I’m looking at it, I’m like I don’t think that’s how we spell it, right. You actually have changed the spelling so instead of aluminium, aluminium. You, you just write it aluminum. Is that right? Aluminum. Yeah. Yeah. Aluminum. Just the -um at the end. Stop knocking that plant! Hey buddy! OK how about this? Leisure. Leisure. Leisure. Leisure. But I can see why leisure, that would make probably makes more sense but American pronunciation, leisure, with the ‘r’ and Australian pronunciation, leisure, bit lazier. Turmeric. Turmeric. Yeah turmeric. Here, turmeric. Yeah, yeah. This is like – maybe I’m wrong but I think I’ve called it turmeric for all that I can remember. Don’t doubt yourself that’s just totally how you – Try not to doubt myself. Don’t doubt yourself in everything you’ve known for thirty years! Yeah yeah. But this is the spice, the yellow spice that’s used a lot in Indian cooking and Malaysian cooking. Very, very tasty, delicious spice. So are you kind of surprised by how many differences there are or did you already know about a lot of those differences between American and Australian English? I think I get surprised by something almost every day! That you’re here! Yeah it’s still very new for you, isn’t it? Yeah, It’s just pronunciation, it is very different. Yes. Yeah, yeah. But it’s fun! Yeah? Do you find the Australian accent easy to understand or is it sometimes quite difficult? I think for the most part you can understand it. There’s just, there’s that I think the more harder things in Australia is like using different words for different meanings. Different vocabulary, slang words and stuff like that. Yes definitely. Alright well if you would like to watch any more videos about the difference between American English, Australian English, British English, I want you to go and check out these two here that I’ve just right on top of Allan right now. Sorry about that Allan but can you just hold these videos for me? Right here. Yeah. Thank you that’s perfect! If you would like to watch more of these videos and get updates when I release new videos, make sure that you subscribe to my channel by clicking this red button here and I will see you in the next lesson. Thanks for joining us and thanks Allan! Well you’re very welcome! Thank you for having me. Bye for now!

100 thoughts on “English Accents | American & Australian Pronunciation Differences

  1. Aussie right here. She does fully pronounce Australia though whereas alot of us pronounce it AStraya lol or Straya. We definitely drop alot of R's from words and use ds in place of tts like she said Boddle not bottle lol. Yes we are pretty lazy lol

  2. I think the american English is easier to understand than the British, but actually I love the British pronunciation.


  3. All right… Firstly British accent, then American accent and now Australian accent… Now I'm confused in my accent….

  4. I like you, and you are my lovely English teacher Emma. <3
    I'm a new Subscriber for you, Who's speak Arabic as primary language.

  5. If you are black and in the states you say Ahnt and Ahn-tee for Aunt and Auntie. Especially when speaking to one. (See Kilmonger's greeting to Black Panther's mother)

  6. You left off two of my favorites.

    Vitamin, which in Australian is pronounced Vit-A-men. However in American it is pronounced VITE-amen.


    the word Vegemite. In Australian it is pronounced Veh-juh-MITE. Here in the states it is pronounced OH-em-GEE-the-hiss-TAH-sss-LIE-ckk-AZZ.

  7. Now I'm completely confused🤧🤧🤧😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭OHHHH NOOOOO I learnt english my whole life for nothing..

  8. You pet an animal in a petting zoo!… Pat, on the other hand, is a name which is typically a shortcut for Patrick or Patricia!

  9. The presenter woman is cringingly awful. I cannot stand listening or watching her dreadful fake laughs and continual attempts at superiority. I don't know exactly what it is that triggers me, but she's just condescendingly yuk.

  10. Well if this a challenge who sounds better ..we know the whole world wants to be American.. So we know who won!!

  11. americans didnt chabnge the spelling. The guy who discoverfed it was named aluminum. We changed it for some reason and it became the scientifically acceptable term and americans didnt. Sometimes the yanks are right what can i say

  12. One of my favorites for UK/Aussie is the difference in how we say "Poor". I made some Scottish people crack up at my pronunciation of that word as an American lol.

  13. im malaysian and now im confused.. i sometime use both ways(accents)(without even realizing cause im too confused lol) to pronounce those words

  14. Bush chook is an emu! I've never heard it used for beer, but if it was it can only refer to one brand of beer anyway (Emu Export) obviously.
    It's also kind of a little annoying to see these vids when we have different words and pronunciations across the country.

  15. What about Arabic Iraqi native speaker , I understand both and can vowel both too ☺️, depends on consideration

  16. Thanks Allan and Emma
    that's seem interesting to me that in my mother language I mean Persian we exactly pronounce aluminium like Australian accent

  17. I'm an American from the Deep South and we routinely say "Aunt" in the Australian/British fashion. And we say niche as "nishe". But "nitch" is its own word. Niche is refers to a sub-category or similar. But "nitch" describes you or someone else's personal preference as in "I found my nitch when I discovered caffeinated tequila." As opposed to "Caffeinated tequila is a niche product". Furthermore I'm appalled that spellcheck doesn't acknowledge the validity of "nitch" but is fine with "y'all".

  18. A lot of these words Americans say differently not all Americans say things the way he is saying. I don’t say niche the way he did. And aunt I don’t say ANT. Even though I’m american my parents are Indian so I suppose I was exposed to British English growing up because of that.

  19. in america the 'phones are in 'c ells', not like here with complete coverage, america charges by the cell….more expensive than us in australia

  20. English is my second language and I grew up listening to people who speak English from all places and now my accent is a mixture of everything. In the words this video mentioned, I pronounce half of them American and half of them Australian and I have lost track of which is which.

  21. I’ve always studied the American English. I’ve been living in Australia for 2’months and now my English is a messy mix of American and aussie 😬

  22. People always asked me what kind of accent I have and I never really figured out. I was born in Chile and raised in Canada, I don’t have a Canadian accent it’s more Australian/British accent I got. The girl is saying how I say words. Interesting… I must be part Australian or something somehow or even British 😂

  23. Why can't we have just the same accent around the world? Don't drop the letters, enunciate all letters for f sake. 😸

  24. Fyi – informative, but in U.S. there are 6 to 10 different distinct accents due to geography. Unfortunately there is not an "American Accent". However due to Hollywood films/show distributed heavily worldwide, the perception is an American annunciation and pronunciation is associated with a California accent. Even within the U.S., many Americans consider Californians to have no accent. Of course from a linguistic perspective that is completely not true.

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    i dunno what makes me love you but definitely deserve our love…
    you're great but still down to the earth …
    your facial expression (especially your sweet smile )
    is worth our time cuz you teach with patience ..
    i don't have enough words to say how you are…even in my native language cuz my vocab is pretty dang poor but still wanna say no matter what ,you'll always remain one of those women who actually inspires her with her smile and simplicity ..
    my bad , i can't even meet you ..may be in future .. im 13 but can make sure to meet my inspiration ( a sweet teacher emma😊)…
    in future..
    You're amazing .. god may bless you …

  26. Very interesting! I'm Canadian and I pronounce some words like Emma and some others like Allan. For Instance, ''Garage'' like Emma and ''Burger'' like Allan. The ''T'' , ''TH'' and the ''R'' also change everything. ''Aunt'' like Emma it's sure!

  27. Australia accent much easy for foreign to learning.. Almost similar British.. Aí Americans your English is not beautiful at all… Sorry!

  28. We Americans butcher pronunciations of words all over the place. It’s obvious based on the spelling but we say it totally wrong 🤦🏻‍♀️

  29. My sister came back from Australia for a week she's bin there for 9 years and we had a great time sad she went back….Now whats puzzling me is that she was continuously getting abuses from the Australians and by the Muslims saying to here she is taking there jobs (She is a cleaner) Not one person has been reprimanded for calling British people POMIE bastards now tell me were is the equality there what a bunch of criminal bastards

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