Originally Posted by FUEGO
Is there really that much difference between NZ and Australia? I understand Perth is quite different from "civilized" Australia (it has a "country" twang to it??).
As someone who grew up on the west coast of the U.S. (and hence with that accent), when in Australia for 2 weeks it seemed like the Australians ignored some "r"s and put in extra "r"s at apparently random places. One guy spent thirty minutes trying to get me to pronounce "bird" properly and I never really got it. I only visited the east coast of Australia, though.
The New Zealanders, on the other hand, spoke what sounded like proper English English to me, but about twice as fast as I'm used to. At the airport, I couldn't understand so I told the lady selling me a ticket, "please, you must speak slowly and clearly, because I am an American."