Re: Are Australian's accent are the most complicated to understand for Overseas people?
Australians do not use the word 'fair dinkum' --- I have never heard it used and its a gross stereotype of a dumb aussie.
Also, people forget to mention that the majority of Australians have a normal accent - ie. Nicole Kidman, Kate Blanchett, Heath Ledger.
THEN, There is the 'broad' accent, which is rarer and not a great amo
unt of the population have it. ie. Steve Irwin.
Unfortunantly, most of the world think all Australians speak like Steve Irwin using a very 'country; Australian lingo.
And all the lingo used in Kath and Kim, well of course its been hyped up.... and they have accentuated the whiny australian accents. I hope people realise that the Australian accent is nothing like a dumb chubby red headed guy who lives in the desert '"g'day maaaiiite. fair dinkum maiiite. "
and with all the immigrants from Europe and Asia, the accent is softening up even more IMO. my parents are immigrants to Australia, my accent is not strong at all...