By Caitlin Hornik
It’s no secret that Australians love a good slang term - probably because the real words are too difficult to pronounce! Here’s a study guide before your big trip Down Unduh!
Most people say it as it’s spelled: Mel-born. Many locals will simply refer to this vibrant city as “Mel.” Learn the correct pronunciation for when you book your trip and tell your friends, “I’m going to Mel-bin!” Then once you get there, play it cool with *“Any good restaurant recommendations in Mel?” *
Similar to Melbourne, Brisbane often is pronounced as it’s spelled: Briz-bayne. The trend is to eliminate extra vowels, resulting in the pronunciation *“Bris-bn.” *
Forget about the “r.” We don’t know why it’s there either.
Pronunciation: Kah-tah Choor-ta
You’re probably thinking “Huh? Where’d those letters come from?” We wish we knew. BUT! If you have the chance to visit Kata Tjuta National Park for a sunrise and/or sunset, we can pretty much guarantee that it’ll be worth it (confusing name pronunciation aside)!
Ditch the middle “e” and you’re good to go! The capital city of Australia is a great place to discover the history of this nation! Perhaps you’ll figure out where all of these pronunciations came from!
Say “kangaroo” out loud. Now say “Ooh-luh-roo.” Helpful? We hope so!
Woolloomooloo is a trendy Sydney suburb. With a great foodie scene, beautiful harbour views, and ample opportunities for artists, it’s definitely worth checking out (as long as you can pronounce it correctly!).