Here is a quick video of an Aussie comedian making fun of the Aussie accent.
The Aussie accent can be hard to understand at first. Many people have never heard it before coming to Australia as it is not common accent around the world.
This website gives lots of examples of the Aussie accent. First, the people read out a text. They will read either The Rainbow Passageor Comma gets a Cure. Then, they will talk about some autobiographical details (You can read this by clicking on the text file in the right hand column).
Listen to a few of the people so you can hear the differences between people.
Here is a great little website to help you practice your pronunciation. This practices the differences between words that have only one sound different from each other (e.g. said and sad). Follow the instructions on the title page of the website.
I love Australian music. It is completely different from music from the Unitied States or the Unitied Kingdom. It is a rich and creative relfection of Australia's people and landscape.
Triple J recently aired a series of programs on the connection between the Australian landscape and Australian music. The Wide Open Road series celebrates this connection. It has a great website that takes you on a journey through the Australian landscape to better understand the music from our country.
Here is a taste of some Australian music featured in the Wide Open Road series.
This is a great song from an Aussie Hip Hop group called the Hilltop Hoods. They often sing about current Australian themes and issues. This song is called Stopping all Stations. It is about travelling on a train in an Australian city. Each part of the song talks about a different passenger on the train and tells us about their life. Very cool!