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    kiwi_fairy is offline Senior Member
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    I just thought of this. After you live in NZ for awhile, do you start talking like them? or do you keep your US or UK or wherever-you-came-from accent? I for one think it would be awesome to have a NZ accent. :icon_mrgreen:

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    That very much depends on the person. We know brits who've been here 2 years and have strong kiwi accents, and others who've been here longer and still have their strong uk accents.

    It probably also depends on how much interaction you have with kiwis.. if you dont speak with them much, it's unlikely you will get the accent.

    We've been here nearly a year and we haven't picked up the accent (as far as we can tell!), but talk to kiwis on a daily basis!
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    Some people never do, and some nationalities are different from others.

    The dutch amaze me
    I've spoken to people who have been here 30+ years, (the 50's immigrants) who still sound like they just come off the boat.

    However english people tend to soften their accents, so you know their from overseas, but not how long they have been here.

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    I find myself slipping into local accents after a week or so - I can really get a mouthful of okra when I visit Oklahoma :icon_mrgreen:. I seem to understand what folks're saying better when I can make the same sounds. However, I got a little confused in NZ last time - so many "foreigners" speaking with English accents!
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    thanks for all the replies, everyone! I guess I'll just have to wait and find out if we pick them up. :icon_mrgreen:

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    Do you really want to speak newzild?
    It has some aweful attributes such as rising at the end making a question out of a statement.
    Not to mention having to eat fush and chups ...

    heres some examples...

    Milbun - Capital of Victoria
    Peck - To fill a suitcase
    Pissed aside - Chemical which kills insects
    Pigs - For hanging out washing
    Pug - Large animal with curly tail
    Nin tin dough - Computer game
    Munner stroney - Soup
    Min - Male of the species
    Mess Kara - Eye makeup
    McKennock - Person who fixes cars
    Mere - Mayor
    Leather - Foam produced from soap
    Lift - Departed
    Kiri Pecker - Famous Australian businessman
    Kittle crusps - Potato chips
    Ken's - Cairns
    Jumbo - Pet name for someone called Jim
    Jungle Bills - Christmas Carol
    Inner me - Enemy
    Guess - Vapour
    Fush - Marine creatures
    Fitter cheney - Type of pasta
    Ever cardeau - Avocado
    Fear hear - Blonde
    Ear - Mix of nitrogen and oxygen
    Ear roebucks - Exercise at gym
    Duffy cult - Not easy
    Amejen - Visualise
    Day old chuck - Very young poultry
    Bug hut - Popular recording
    Bun button - Been bitten by an insect
    Beard - A place to sleep
    Chully bin - Esky
    Sucks peck - Half a dozen beers
    Ear New Zealand - An extinct airline
    Beers - Large savage animals found in U.S. forests
    One doze - Well known computer program
    Sex - One less than seven
    Iggs ecktly - Precisely
    Beggage chucken - Place to leave your luggage at the earport

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    Very good :icon_lol:

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    Hilarious..

    I'll have the accent LONG before I get there...

    If I can do something about the pasty ass complexion then I might even look like a local..

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    wow! that's quite a list. where did you find it?

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    [quote:9e453550dc="netchicken"]Do you really want to speak newzild?
    It has some aweful attributes such as rising at the end making a question out of a statement. [/quote:9e453550dc]
    Um, like, that's like, a trait of Valley Girl speak?
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