AE 431: The 3 Australian Accents – General, Cultivated, & Broad

Learn Australian English in this episode of the Aussie English Podcast where I show you the three types of Australian accents, the General Accent, the Cultivated Accent, and the Broad Accent. Which do you find hardest to understand?

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AE 431: The 3 Australian Accents – General, Cultivated, & Broad

G’day, guys. My name is Pete and I’m the host of Aussie English. Welcome to this video. Today, I want to show you the three types of Australian accent. Let’s go.

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So, quick disclaimer, guys, I am not a linguist. I am simply an English teacher specifically teaching Australian English and a lot of my students have asked me to put this video together to show you guys the main kinds of Australian accent.

As you may or may not be aware, there is quite a bit of variation in the Australian accent. Strewth!

Now we’re not going to cover every single variant in today’s video. I just want to cover the three main kinds.

And they are the Cultivated Accent. Hello! I’m Cultivated Pete and I speak Australian English with a cultivated accent.

The General Accent. G’day, guys! I go as I’m General Pete and I speak with a general Australian accent. How’s it going?

And the Broad Accent. Yeah, g’day, guys! I’m Broad Pete and I speak Australian English with a broad Australian accent.

Alright, so according to Wikipedia,

“The Cultivated Australian accent has in the past been perceived as indicating high social class or education. It has some similarities to Receive Pronunciation and the Transatlantic Accent.

So, some famous Australians who speak with a cultivated accent include actors Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, as well as ex-prime minister Malcolm Fraser. Let’s have a listen.

Yes. Well, no, I actually grew up in Melbourne and then I came to Sydney to go to the National Institute here, and… and then, got catapulted out and I thought, “Well, I’ll give it five years and see what happens.”.

Johnny Depp’s one of the great character actors of our time, I believe, trapped in the leading man’s body. He’s got the best of both worlds. He has a brilliantly absurd sense of humour.

Most people aren’t aware of it, but 1975 was, I think, the only year since the migration program began when more people left Australia.

Yeah, you blokes are just a bunch of posh c*nts.

Well, I never! How unsophisticated!

Yeah, I’m going to stay out of this one.


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Right, now the strongest Australian accent. According to Wikipedia:

Broad Australian English is recognisable and familiar to English speakers around the world. It is prevalent nationwide, but is especially common in rural areas. In Australia, this dialect is sometimes called ‘Strine’ or ‘Strayan’ a shortening of the word ‘Australian’, and the speaker of the dialect may be referred to as an Ocker.

Some examples of Australians who speak with a Broad Australian accent include ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and actor Paul Hogan. Let’s have a listen.

And I do meet women around the world, and really, the only thing they know about Australia is they might know something about kangaroos, something about koalas, and about that speech.

Do you miss The Outback? Oh, absolutely. First thing, get off the plane, mate, didn’t go home, BOOM! Straight into the bush. Free me swag out, camped under the stars, and I was healed up. That’s great!

Wonderful and weird at the same time. I had the rare and exotic thing of being the flavour of the month or flavour of the year almost for about a year at all. And then it all… If you have it sort of come out with another blockbuster, it’s all over. You’re forgotten.

Well, I do believe US “posh c*nts”, would refer to you broadies as ‘ocker’ or ‘bogan’, depending on your social proclivities or whether or not you have a job.

Yeah righto! F *ck off, mate!

Yeah. I’m going to avoid this one as well.

Last but not least, and the most common Australian accent that you are likely to hear is the General Accent. Okay? So, according to Wikipedia:

The General Australian English Accent is the most common of Australian accents. It is especially prominent in urban Australia and is used as a standard language for Australian films, television programs, and advertising.

So, aside from the average Australian, some famous Aussies who speak with a General Accent include actors Eric Bana and Hugh Jackman, as well as Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe. Let’s have a listen.

Oh, it was so much fun and I’d sort of forgotten how much fun he can have and are allowed to have that work. You know, ’cause a lot of the movies I work on are quite dramatic and sometimes the sets are very very serious. So, to go to work where, you know, laughing your head off all day long was kind of encouraged and you didn’t get into trouble was so novel.

Two musicals early on, which shocked me that I was even up for a musical. You know, and I was an actor, theatre actor really. And then, I couldn’t get seen from films back in Sydney. This is way back in mid ’90s.

Look, I notice where the water moves. I notice, you know, how it’s around me, and if, you know, someone’s out with their kick, I hear that, and I kind of feel it. It does affect me a little bit.

I think we’re pretty much just your average normal Australian to be honest.

Also lower-class riffraff.

Yeah, these guys are a bunch of wankers too. Way too posh.

Alright, guys. I hope you enjoyed that video. That was meant to be a bit of tongue in cheek satire whilst also being educational and showing you some examples of the three most common accents that you will see when you come to Australia.

There are some other sort of variants that I will try to cover in the future.

Yeah, yeah, no, we do plumbing work also, yeah? Yeah!

And he goes, “Don’t be a hero, mate!”.

We got a good man up here.

Also, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon if you want to stay up to date with all of my videos, guys. I teach Australian English that is the focus of this channel. My job here is to help you better understand or better sound like an Australian English speaker.

Until next time, guys, I hope you have a ripper of a day and I’ll see you soon. Have a good one.


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