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  • Series: Language Reference
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 Blg edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740590996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740590990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an interesting book for someone who has not been to Australia. Although there are variations between Aussie English and Standard Australian English, visitors will mostly encounter SAE. "Aussie" English is used in informal settings and is useful to know - but it is not as common as this book would suggest. The Australian accent may be difficult for some visitors and the use of works describing local peculiarities (beer's, local areas, etc) may seem strange at first. The section on Aboriginal languages is extremely good and gives an accurate introduction to this unique field. However, again be aware that the majority of Australians have no knowledge of Aboriginal languages and very few white Australians actually speak an Aboriginal language. The Anangu languages of the central Australian Outback are spoken by people living in communities in areas that require a permit to visit. You will hear these languages in communities that are attached to visitor centers or by Aboriginal guides to these areas. But do not assume that because book devotes half its content to Aboriginal languages that you will hear these in every day speech. Overall a good introduction to Australian "culture" and speech, but too much emphasize for a book of this kind on Aboriginal languages.
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Great book to understand what the Aussies are and what the heck they are saying, and they love, love, love to spend hours with you drinking beers going through the book laughing at themselves. Great book, I left it in Australia for them to continue the fun!
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This book is a lot of fun! Our Australian friends really do talk like this.
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Got this book in prep for a trip to Australia and they don't actually talk like that and therefore this was a waste of money.
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