Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Diminutives in Australian English

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Australian English and the use of the dminutive

All languages use diminutives, shortened versions of the original word. We may use them to show affection or perhaps because we want to sound less formal, more friendly. Some diminutives may even be seen as slang. One of the quirks of Australian English is the wide use of them. There are over 5000 known expressions, far higher than in British or American English.

Take a look at the following invite from an ‘Aussie’ friend. Would you say yes?

‘What are you up to s’arvo? Straya are playing footy against the poms on the tellie. I’m having a barbie. We’ve  got snags and loads of stubbies and don’t forget your cossie.’

Does it seem like an alien language?  Packed full of typical Aussies diminutives, it may at first be hard to understand. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular ones and help you unravel your baffling invite.

Our Top Diminutives In Australian English

How many of the following do you already know, or can guess at?

Jobs:  chalkie (teacher), postie (postman), chippie (carpenter), sparkie (electrician), ambo (paramedic), pollie (politician)

Food and drink: chockie (chocolate), snag (sausages), mushies (mushrooms), veggies (vegetables), stubbies ( small bottled beer), barbie (barbeque)

Others: Poms (the British), Aussies (the Australians), Straya (Australia), footy (rugby), s’arvo (this afternoon), cossie (swimming costume),  you beaut (great), tellie (television), roo (kangaroo), rellie (a relative), sunnies (sunglasses), lippie (lipstick), smoko (cigarette break), mozzie (mosquito)

More Examples

Just why are Aussie’s so fond of their diminutives?

It seems many Aussie diminutives have slipped into English dictionary. Who isn’t familiar with the terms ‘selfie’ and ‘uni’?

Are modern day Aussie’s just being lazy? No, argues Dr Nenagh Kemp of the Australian Geographic  Society.  She points out that Australians have been shortening common place words from the early 1800s and in some cases the diminutive version is actually longer than the original.  It seems that their use in more a cultural expression. In general, Aussies are often seen as laid back, friendly, open and welcoming. It makes sense then that the language they use would reflect that.  We hand over the last word to Dr. Kemp

“I think we all have an intuitive feeling that these words also make an interaction more informal, more friendly and relaxed.”

English for Teaching – a New Course Offered by LSI

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

exam-class-june-8-2006-delBrand new for 2009 , LSI are offering  the exciting TKT course to students who, as non native speakers of English, would like to learn more about teaching English. The TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test), one of the widely respected Cambridge ESOL examinations, is ideal for all existing teachers whatever their back ground as well as those who would like to take up teaching. Although the TKT is not a teaching qualification in itself, the course content is primarily about the teaching of English and will therefore give any potential student a good foundation to pursue any further teaching qualification.

The course focuses are the following key areas:

  • the different methodologies of teaching
  • the ‘language of teaching’
  • finding, creating and effectively using resources
  • the main aspects of effective lesson planning
  • classroom management methods for different needs

As a highly specialised course , the course is presently only offered in some of our language schools. At present the following schools offer TKT :

In CanadaLSI Vancouver
In EnglandLSI Cambridge
In the USALSI New York and LSI San Diego
In New Zealand LSI Auckland
In Australia LSI Brisbane.

To read more about our TKT course and dates when this course is available , please read our TKT information sheet.

LSI Brisbane praised for the school’s Excellent Service to students

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Our language school in Australia, LSI Brisbane, has been pleased with the result of a recent Routine Monitoring Visit from NEAS, Australia’s National ELT (English language teaching) Accreditation Scheme. The LSI Brisbane report card says that LSI Brisbane meets NEAS Standards and Criteria in all respects.

It goes on to add that the school is professionally managed, with an excellent system of policies and procedures in place. There is a commitment to the provision of a high level of service to the students

Some of the other comments were

  • The English language teaching programs are very well organised
  • There is ongoing evaluation and review of procedures and curricula
  • There is a wide range of resources available for teaching and teacher reference.

We’re delighted that our school has been recognised as providing good service to students. LSI Brisbane is a great place to LEARN AND LIVE THE LANGUAGE.

2008 Excellence Award | LSI Brisbane

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Excellence award for LSI Brisbane

Brisbane – Good news as LSI Brisbane is once again recognised for its academic and service achievements, this time by global giant Language

Based on a review of over one thousand of its clients LSI Brisbane’s feedback was universally excellent. The criteria was customer satisfaction about the quality of services provided by various academic institutions.

The win came as no surprise to Business Development Co-ordinator Laurence Stallman “I feel, that although this is obviously an honour, it is also deserved recognition of all the hard work that LSI Brisbane’s staff do.” Principal Ronda Dove added “this is an extremely pleasing result”.

However LSI Brisbane will not become complacent and will continue to strive to improve services and maintain a professional but friendly atmosphere. We would like to add our thanks to our colleagues at LSI worldwide for helping us. Well done also to LSI San Diego which also picked up an award!