Thanks for the comment. You hit the nail on the head! I live in Australia, but I am pretty sure I mentioned that on my audio file...
I always have a good time when locals ask me where I come from...It goes something like this:
- Q: Where are you from?
- Carol: (Creating some suspense...) Where do you think I am from?
- Q: I have no idea! (while checking me out...After all, features such as skin colour, height can help the answer...)
-Carol: Come on! Have a guess!
20% will say America
20% will say New Zealand
50% will say I have no idea...Somewhere in America? South America?
8% will say Other countries (South Africa etc).
2% will say Somewhere in Australia
For all those who are interested in learning a bit more about the Australian English, I tried to summarise the main features of the "Aussie lingo" below:
1. Rising intonation (slightly) at the end of sentences (even if it is NOT a question)
2. Vowels are pronounced in a very relaxed manner. No word is as articulated as in American English
3. There is a slang term for everything (!). For example, afternoon becomes "arvo", Compensation becomes "compo", Language "Lingo", right becomes "righto" (right + o) and so on...
"All right" can also become "allrightieeeee" lol
4. Instead of saying "guy", just say "bloke".
5. Saying "Cheers" or "Ta" instead of "Thank you" and "No worries" instead of "you're welcome or not at all".
However, these are just some ordinary examples. I still intend to go into a bit more detail by means of an audio file when I get a chance