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We haven't heard from heather in awhile as she finsihed up in the UK and has been travelling. She shares something she has found while travelling in Australia. 

It’s been a while since I’ve written my last blog. As I’ve been visiting and working in various parts of Australia, I’ve come to notice a fair bit about the language. While Australia is part of the commonwealth, and it’s common language shared with Canada and England is of course English, having lived in all three of these regions, I’ve noticed the various uses of words and phrases to meaning and referring to different things depending on the geographic location. For example, we use the word ‘chips’ in England to refer to what I grew up to know as ‘fries’. In Australia, these fries can be called ‘chips’ if they’re larger in size, and ‘fries’ if they’re thinner.

Language indeed can see evolutionary traits, as anyone who’s traveled Southeast Asia or parts of Europe can tell you. Vietnamese blends with the sounds of Mandarin or Cantonese, as does German and Dutch which blend common sounds, which to our ears, sound similar.  The way we speak has become so complex, that why we say what we do often doesn’t register in our lessons.

I’m currently staying with a friend in Western Australia, and he explained how some teachers in the area feel that students are not doing grammatically well to represent the country. Harsh to say, but when I was first greeted with ‘How ya goin’’ – I felt like I should end the sentence with ‘by foot, by bus by car…’ because as we’re teachers of the modern and more appropriate written language, we tend not to discuss or respond to our students (and in everyday life) as politically correct as possible.

Yet slang terminology is used by a fair amount of people in our workforce to generate a sense of comfort and ease. This is often helpful in sales, and also benefits teachers when they’re trying to convey some lessons in a way that appeals to students.

Heather was a very dedicated blogger while teaching in the UK. Here are just a few that you could make sure you read:


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