Friends told me that when you go to Australia, you need to listen carefully. “Even though you THINK you speak English it is American English. You are sure to miss things”, they said. And they were right.
Sitting at my first session of the National Speakers Association of Australia in Melbourne, I found myself straining to acclimate to the new dialect, the humor and the slang. Learning to order coffee (“long black”) and having “brekky”( breakfast) with my new friends took some concentration. So did remembering to enter the left side of the car and walk down the street without crashing into people. They walk on the left – go figure:). Continue reading