How to speak New Zillund

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby trefusis » Fri May 15, 2009 1:45 pm

There are definitely strong similarities between the NZ accent and the local one we have here, which I've always attributed to the Scots influence on both places. (I live in the North-East of Ireland, where the Irish/Scottish coastlines at one point are only 25 miles apart.) The "u" vowel sound in words spelt with an "i" (e.g. hit/hut) is very typical of this area.
That's the conclusion that I've come to, but...

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Gojoe » Sat May 16, 2009 12:02 am

What are you talking about. New Zealand only has one vowel. They look different, but are all pronounced the same. Pretty much all sound like uh.
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby biscuit » Sat May 16, 2009 12:07 am

It does sound a bit like mumbling, but there are more wovels than one though. At least two. I only know one Kiwi in real life so I may be wrong.

I like the way Brian/Murray says Big Ben in the radio series cause it sounds like Bug Bin to me :lol:
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Great H » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:14 am

I thought this handy guide might help... :D

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Faith » Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:10 pm

When I was living down on the South Island, I noticed they add the word "as" to the end of everything. For example, "It's cold as" or "Sweet as" or "My hours are long as"

This video kinda explains what I am talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVHZwI8pcA

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Corrine » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:32 pm

Those were great Faith and Great H!! I'm a bit of a language/cultural nerd, so I love seeing things like this. With that list of translations, there were several I couldn't even guess until I looked over on the other side. Love the "sucks peck" (half a dozen beers). That made me laugh out loud. That's interesting about the "beached as". So, it's almost as if they are going for a comparison simile, but never quite follow through on it? By the way, were they calling each other "bro"? Wasn't sure if I heard that right in the cartoon. Do they do that in New Zealand?
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby indigo_jones » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:45 pm

Ah, Great H, you found a classic list! I know that's been posted here somewhere on the board in the distant distant past. I always get a kick out of that one.

Corrine, they do call each other "bro" a lot in NZ (or at least Wellington), from what I've heard. It's popped up in any number of interviews I've seen over the years. I love the "as" thing, too. Funny as!
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Faith » Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:16 pm

I'm wearing my Sweet As tshirt today. :D It's choice. (another phrase I picked up in NZ)

I bought it here: http://www.globalculture.co.nz/catalogu ... oduct.aspx

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Corrine » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:32 pm

That's cute. So how are they generally using the word "sweet" as in "sweet as" in New Zealand? Are they using it to mean "cool" or are they using it to mean "nice"? Are they saying "That bungee jumping was sweet as" or are they saying "That cute guy was sweet as"? Or are they using the literal meaning, "That lemonade was sweet as?" Just curious...
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby ZebraWarriorPrincess » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:28 pm

Loved the pronounciation list!

Over here, sweet generally means 'Cool', as in ' I saw Flight of the Conchords at the shop' 'Sweet!'
On the show, most of their words and phrases are identical to UK English, so I would think that's what they meant. That is such a convoluted sentence. :?
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Faith » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:37 pm

I took it as another phrase for cool. At least when I heard people saying it that was in the context it was being used.

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby dandy lyons » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:01 am

That tee is choice, faith!

I've always wanted an "O for awesome" tee myself:

http://www.mrvintage.co.nz/shop/Womens+ ... shirt.html
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby Faith » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:51 am

dandy lyons wrote:That tee is choice, faith!

I've always wanted an "O for awesome" tee myself:

http://www.mrvintage.co.nz/shop/Womens+ ... shirt.html



Nice. I kinda want the "Gore: It's not that gay." one

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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby biscuit » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:03 am

D is for duckhead :lol:
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Re: How to speak New Zillund

Postby ZebraWarriorPrincess » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:04 pm

:rolls:

Duck Hid?
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