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Quiz: how good is your Australian English?


There is an altogether different version of English being spoken Down Under. Thanks to “Crocodile” Dundee, lots of non-Aussies…

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Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful

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In this latest update to, Australian English features prominently. From lamington drives, sausage…

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