Commonly Misinterpreted Australian Accents in the IELTS


Learning accents is neither a piece of cake nor something you can learn overnight. It is possible for the English language to be spoken in different accents and yes, one accent can be confusing and baffling with another. For Filipinos, it is easier to distinguish and recognize American English as it is commonly used in the country. However, when it comes to Australian accent, Filipinos can have a hard time recognizing words and even phrases.

The International English Language Testing System or the IELTS test is an English proficiency examination that uses Australian accent in its listening examination. Australian accent is almost similar with British accent – confusing and hardly comprehensible for Filipinos who are accustomed with the usual American English accent. Due to this, candidates for the said examination are advised to become familiar with how words are commonly pronounced and used in the Australian accent. Below are some commonly misinterpreted words in Australian accents.

  1. Fate

Australians pronounced fate the same with “fight” in English. Hence, do not be on guard when you heard this word unless the person is looking for some real fight.

  1. Barbie

For sure, your Aussie friend is not referring to the popular doll. Aussies use barbie to refer to barbecue. Let’s have some barbie!

  1. Shout

Do not raise your voice on this! Instead, buy someone a drink. Shout is commonly used in pubs or bars to refer to someone buying a drink.

  1. Bloke

It is not the past form of break but it refers to a man.

  1. Mate

Good day mate! – a popular greeting to fellow Aussies. Mate is pronounced as might so do not get confused with this.

These common terms are usually used in conversations found in the listening section of the IELTS. Because of the problem Filipinos are about to face when it comes to Australian accent, many IELTS review centers have incorporated a pronunciation classes and Australian accent training to make candidates familiar with this. This is the best preparation for candidates for them not to get confused once taking the real IELTS exam. As what is always emphasized, the success of the IELTS depends on the amount of preparation a candidate has.

With the help of speaking coaches, candidates will be able to distinguish how words are pronounced in American and Australian accents. Through constant practice, they will be able to listen to listening passages without difficulty making it easier for them to come up with the right answers for the IELTS examination.

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