Language is central to communication and also to cultural identity.
So it’s no surprise that we adapt our language with our culture. In Australia the English spoken may be difficult for new arrivals to understand. Accent, indistinct pronunciation, slang and diminutives can take some getting used to.
If you are expecting colourful metaphors and similes (“mad as a cut snake”, “flat out like a lizard drinking” “a face like a robber’s dog”) you may be disappointed if you are working in the business environment in Sydney or Melbourne.
But listen out for Aussie abbreviations, which will be heard often. This video covers many of them.
And if you are interested in improving your global communications skills take a look at our upcoming webinar.